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Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee  Weather: 63°, Clear  Attendance: 68,864

Chiefs-Titans Preview

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Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans

  1. The Titans have won the last three meetings in the series, including a 22-21 comeback victory in a 2017 Wild Card Game. Sparked by Marcus Mariota's third-quarter touchdown pass to himself, Tennessee erased a 21-3 halftime deficit. The franchises met in the second-longest game in league history, the 1962 AFL Championship Game, won by the Dallas Texans (now the Chiefs) over the Houston Oilers (now the Titans).
  2. The Chiefs are 1-1 with Matt Moore starting at quarterback, averaging 25.0 points and 357.0 total yards per game. In Patrick Mahomes' five starts this season, the team is 5-2 with averages of 28.9 points and 400.4 total yards per contest. The two QBs have combined for 19 TD passes, one interception and a 109.8 passer rating.
  3. Tennessee put up season highs of 431 total yards and 310 net pass yards last week -- but to no avail, as the team dropped a 30-20 decision at Carolina. The Titans were shut out in the first half for the fourth time this season, dropping to 0-4 in those games. The team is 4-0 when leading or tied at halftime, 0-5 when trailing at intermission.
  4. The Chiefs got a season-high 140 receiving yards from Tyreek Hill and a career-best 125 rushing yards by Damien Williams in Sunday's three-point win over Minnesota. Hill had been held to 80 yards or fewer in each of his first four games in 2019, and Williams had a total of 100 rushing yards on the season prior to Sunday.
  5. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked on exactly 10.0 percent of his pass plays this season; this percentage ranks third highest among QBs with 100 or more attempts. Marcus Mariota has the highest sack rate at 13.6 percent.
  6. In addition to three playoff meetings between the teams, the franchises are linked by a postseason moment involving the current head coaches. As a member of the Patriots, current Titans head coach Mike Vrabel caught a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles, whose head coach was current Chiefs boss Andy Reid.
Team Comparison

Kansas City
 
Tennessee
28.0 Points 18.7
315.4 Pass Yds 241.1
90.1 Rush Yds 100.8
11 Takeaways 14
(AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) For Kansas City coach Andy Reid, the decision on when Patrick Mahomes plays again is easy.

It's when the reigning NFL MVP is physically ready.

Turns out that's Sunday when the Chiefs visit Tennessee. Barring a setback, Mahomes will start despite dislocating his right kneecap Oct. 17 in a win at Denver. The Chiefs (6-3) went 2-1 with Matt Moore. Combined with sights set on a fourth straight AFC West title, that makes it easier to think longer term than Sunday's kickoff on the road in Tennessee.

"I knew I had a chance once I talked to all those doctors, and they said that as long as I was functioning well, moving well, that I could play this week," Mahomes said Friday.

Titans cornerback Logan Ryan wasn't sure if Mahomes or Moore will start, saying he won't "chase ghosts." He's preparing for the NFL's second-best passing offense, with the Chiefs averaging 300.7 yards a game no matter who's at quarterback. Ryan wants the Titans to get back to the defense that didn't allow a team to score more than 20 points through the first seven games.

"We got to go play our brand of defense against their brand of offense, and there will be some fireworks," Ryan said.

This is a crucial game for the Titans (4-5), who are coming off a 30-20 loss at Carolina. They can't wait until next week's bye to fix some of their offensive issues when they're mired at the bottom of the AFC South, where they're only two back of first-place Houston still with two to play against the Texans.

"We all have to have a sense of urgency," Titans running back Derrick Henry said. "We know what we're up against. We know what we have to do."

READY AND WAITING

Moore threw for 275 yards and a TD in leading the Chiefs to a 26-23 win over Minnesota last week, and he's had at least 250 yards passing and a 100 or higher passer rating in what he called a wild couple of weeks.

"I've learned a lot," Moore said. "So what it means moving forward is that I have to be ready to go at all times and who knows what the future holds. In this league, you never know. I'm trying to be the best I can be every day and that is all."

GIVE IT TO HENRY

The Titans have been shut out in the first half four times this season - all losses. A bigger issue in Carolina was that Henry ran only twice before halftime, though he still finished with 99 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns thanks to a big drive to open the third quarter.

Now Tennessee has another chance to run against a Chiefs' defense that ranks 29th against the run. Kansas City has allowed at least 180 yards rushing four times this season, though the Chiefs have held their last three opponents to 118 yards or fewer. Still, running Henry early and often would give the Titans a chance to get their offense back on track.

"We want to get him carries, get him going early, set the tone that way, and then play off of that," Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.

REID VS. TITANS

Only Bill Belichick has more wins than Reid among active coaches, yet Reid is 1-7 all-time against the Titans, including 0-4 with Philadelphia. He's 1-3 with the Chiefs, and his lone win came in 2013. Reid has lost three straight to two different Titans coaches. This will be his first game against Titans coach Mike Vrabel, who played his last two seasons in the NFL with Kansas City.

CLEAN UP THE MISTAKES

The Titans have hurt themselves more than the opponent has in their losses. Too often penalties have wiped out big gains, and they had three turnovers last week. They've also allowed an NFL-worst 38 sacks, and the combination of issues has made it tough to clean everything up.

"Eliminate the dumb things that we can control like the technique, the fundamental stuff," Tannehill said. "When it comes down to execution, just execute and we'll be in good shape."

INJURY REPORT

The Chiefs are healing. Defensive end Frank Clark, who has missed two straight games with a neck issue, and cornerback Kendall Fuller, who has missed three games with an injured thumb, both returned to practice this week.

Titans center Ben Jones is working back from a concussion that kept him out of last week's game. But Tennessee is banged up. Four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey will miss a second straight game. Wide receiver Corey Davis is doubtful with an injured hip, and starting inside linebacker Jayon Brown (groin) will not play.

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(This story has been updated in the second and third paragraphs to show Patrick Mahomes is expected to start barring a setback. The final paragraph also has been updated with Titans' updated injury report.)

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AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in Kansas City, Missouri, contributed to this report.

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Updated November 10, 2019

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