STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

QB Trent Green had a perfect 158.3 passer rating in the second half of the Oakland game when he completed 14 of 15 passes for 229 yards and two TDs to rally Kansas City from a 20-10 halftime deficit to a 34-27 victory. Tennessee is the only team he has not faced in his NFL career.

DE Jared Allen has been credited with two sacks in the Oakland win, running his rookie season count to seven. With three more he will tie the team rookie record set by the legendary Derrick Thomas.

WR Eddie Kennison tied a career record with eight receptions against Oakland. His 149 receiving yards were the second-highest total of his career, but his highest count since getting 226 against Atlanta in his 1996 rookie season with St. Louis.

TE Tony Gonzalez, in his only game against Tennessee was held to two catches for 16 yards in a 2000 Chiefs loss in Nashville.

FS Jerome Woods hopes to return to action in his native Tennessee this week. The team's second-leading tackler has missed the last two games with a knee injury.

GAME PLAN:
Not knowing who they might face among the injury-ridden Titans could be a problem in preparation for the Chiefs or maybe not. If it's backup QB Billy Volek, who was sacked seven times in the loss to Indy last week, Gunther Cunningham will be more ambitious in his blitz package. If Steve McNair is ready to go -- well, Cunningham will still be aggressive, remembering how a safety blitz knocked McNair out of the game and out of action for awhile in the last Chiefs-Titans meeting when Cunningham was KC's head coach in 2000. Given time to pass, Tennessee's quarterback should have opportunities to make plays with Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett working against KC's secondary.

Offensively, the Chiefs need to protect Green from whomever the Titans have available. Green should be able to throw on a Tennessee secondary that utilized two rookie corners last week in the absence of Samari Rolle.

KEY MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez vs. Titans LB Keith Bulluck. This is a match-up Gunther Cunningham says he would consider if he was back on the Tennessee side and had to defend Gonzalez. Let's see if the Titans take his advice.

Titans WR's Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett vs. Chiefs CB's Eric Warfield and William Bartee. Bennett was a big play man on Sunday against the Colts every time he touched the ball last week against Indy with TD's on catches of 48 (twice) and 28 yards. Either he or Mason could have another big game on Monday night.

INJURY IMPACT:
RB Priest Holmes will miss a fifth straight game with a knee injury. Derrick Blaylock will start and split time with Larry Johnson in his place.

DE Vonnie Holliday will miss a second straight game with a groin injury. Rookie Jared Allen has been playing well enough at the RDE spot to lead the team with seven sacks.

RT Chris Bober, himself a replacement for John Welbourn, looks very doubtful with a foot injury. Second-year tackle Jordan Black did a workmanlike job in his place during the second half of the Oakland win.

SS Greg Wesley (hamstring) looks very doubtful and likely will miss his third straight game. First-year player Willie Pile will start for him again.

FS Jerome Woods (questionable, knee) is on the positive side of questionable after missing the last two games.

LB Monty Beisel (questionable, calf) is close to returning to action at the starting ROB spot after missing the previous four games.

G Will Shields (questionable, ankle) put himself back in the Oakland game after missing five snaps. His 187-game starting streak, second-longest in the NFL behind only Brett Favre, doesn't appear in jeopardy.

TE Kris Wilson (questionable) is healthy enough to make his first appearance after breaking a leg in the preseason, but it's a coaches decision as to whether he can fit on the 46-man game-day roster.


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