Can Tennessee Titans Beat Undefeated Kansas City Chiefs With Limited Firepower?

By Ricardo A. Hazell
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The Kansas City Chiefs are on a 4-0 butter roll and will barrel into LP Field in Nashville, TN to face the a 3-1 Tennessee Titans team that has been on quite the roll itself after handily dispatching the New York Jets last week. The Titans will be without quarterback Jake Locker, who appeared to be in the midst of having a career season prior to being carted off the field with a hip injury last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in and performed admirably in limited action with 108 passing yards and a touchdown.

But before you go hoisting him on your digital shoulders and praising him as a hero you might want to remember he only threw eight passes last week-one of which was for 77 yards. I think it’s pretty safe to say the Titans will not be relying on Fitzpatrick’s arm to win against KC but on RB Chris Johnson‘s legs.  I do not envy Titans head coach Mike Munchak‘s offensive options. The at times elite level running back only had 15 carries for 21 yards last week. The Titans can mail this one in if he doesn’t at least quadruple that output next week.  The Chiefs’ defense has been the talk of the NFL all season long and is currently ranked first in points allowed.

But the 31 points scored in the team’s victory over the hapless New York Giants may have been indicative of a Chiefs’ offense that is finally  beginning to realize its potential.  The 41 passing attempts made by Alex Smith were a season high, and I suspect head coach Andy Reid might ask him to take more deep shots down field if Tennessee decides to stack the line to prevent the the Chiefs’ top weapon (Jamaal Charles) from being effective and, in essence,  dare Smith to beat them deep.  However, Charles, Sean McGrath and Dwayne Bowe have each proved they can be deep threats against the Giants.

But the Titans’ defense is not to be slept on. They are currently ranked seventh in points allowed, and there are currently nine players on the roster with at least one sack. This game will be about as enjoyable for offense-lovers to watch as waiting for a bleeding, dirt-filled gash to heal without antibiotics, and that’s just how the Chiefs like it. I don’t see how the Titans are going to score unless the Chiefs’ secondary has an uncharacteristically bad day. KC wins by two touchdowns.

Ricardo Hazell is a freelance writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google.

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