The Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans are two very similar teams. They’re tied for an NFL best +9 turnover ratio, both have surprisingly good defenses this season, and both have some room to grow on offense. The main difference between the two teams is that Kansas City is a little better at almost every aspect of the game.
The Titans have a good defense, but the Chiefs have a great one. Kansas City has a mediocre offense, and Tennessee is just a notch or two below them. The big problem for the Titans on Sunday will be how poorly they matchup against the Chiefs.
A conservative offense like Tennessee’s will do nothing against the Kansas City defense. The best way to beat KC is to burn them when the D gets overly aggressive, and the Titans haven’t shown a lot of big-play ability outside of a garbage time 77-yard TD reception by Nate Washington last Sunday.
The Chiefs D leads the AFC with 12 takeaways, leads the NFL with 18 sacks, and has surrendered an NFL low 10.3 points per game. Even if Jake Locker were playing, it wouldn’t matter much against arguably the best defense in the league.
Although I believe the Titans will be incredibly lucky to see double digits, I don’t believe this game will be a big blowout. Kansas City’s suspect offensive line could be a problem against Tennessee who is fourth in the league with 14 sacks. On the road against a solid defense, Alex Smith and company are going to have their work cut out for them. But such has been the story this season for KC; a dominant defensive performance will be enough for whatever the offense can muster.