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5 Reasons Why Kansas City Chiefs Will Beat Tennessee Titans in Week 1

5 Reasons Why Kansas City Chiefs Will Beat Tennessee Titans in Week 1

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Thanks to a couple of clutch interceptions in the fourth quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs were able overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans by a score of 26-17 in last season's matchup. This time around, Jake Locker will be healthy and under center. Though he's an upgrade from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Locker won't be a big enough boost to bring the Titans a win. Here are five reasons why the Chiefs will prevail in Week 1.

5. The Arrowhead Crowd

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5. The Arrowhead Crowd

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Unlike last season's matchup, this game will be in Kansas City in front of one of the most brutal crowds in the NFL.

4. Turnovers

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4. Turnovers

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The Chiefs were second in the league in turnover differential in 2013 with 36 takeaways and 18 giveaways. The Titans had 25 of each. Kansas City still has an ultra-aggressive defense and a quarterback who protects the ball as well as anyone.

3. No Dwayne Bowe, No Problem

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3. No Dwayne Bowe, No Problem

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While Bowe's one-game suspension definitely isn't a good thing, it won't be a crushing blow. Alex Smith loves to move the ball with running backs and tight ends, and this season the tight end position isn't ravaged by injuries. The remaining wide receivers for Kansas City leave a lot to be desired, but the other positions provide some solid pass-catchers.

2. Jamaal Charles

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2. Jamaal Charles

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One of those pass-catchers is Charles who led the Chiefs with 70 catches for 693 yards last season. With Chris Johnson leaving for the New York Jets, the Titans have nobody who can come close to matching Charles' big-play ability. He put up an MVP-caliber season in his first year with Andy Reid, and there's little reason to believe Tennessee can slow him down.

1. The Titans Just Aren't Very Good

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1. The Titans Just Aren't Very Good

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Tennessee finished 7-9 in 2013 despite being in the NFL's worst division. They've also lost more than they gained in free agency. DE Shaun Phillips was a nice pickup, but the losses of RB Chris Johnson and CB Alterraun Verner are going to hurt. The Titans are strong on both the offensive and defensive line, but outside of that they don't have much going on.