Titans Are Concerned About Johnson and Blaylock

The Chiefs must do it now with running backs Larry Johnson and Derrick Blaylock the rest of the season. All-Pro back Priest Holmes was put on injured reserve this week, because of an injured knee. That means the Chiefs will be counting on their two tailbacks to chew up the Titans injury riddled defense.

Larry Johnson, who spent the early part of the season gripping, he will now become one of the focuses for opposing defenses. He had a great start last Sunday against the archenemy Raiders and now will get his first start of the season against the Titans on Monday night in Nashville.

This season Kansas City has averaged 25 points per game in six road games this season but they've only managed to win two times in Baltimore and Oakland last weekend. Trent Green had his best game in the last month against the Raiders and he knows this defense won't be as easy to score on as they were in the Black Hole.

"They (Tennessee) do quite a bit of different things." Quarterback Trent Green said, "And we've faced defenses like that this year, where they kind of change up week to week. The thing with Indianapolis is they spread things out with three wide receivers, throw the ball 80 percent of the time, whereas we're probably as balanced as anyone in the league in terms of our percentage of run and pass. So what we've tried to do is we've studied that film but we try not to rely on it too much."

The Titans defense is in the middle of the pack this season; they rank 17 in total defense, 17 in rush defense, and 18 in total passing. While Chiefs offense is in the top five of every offensive category both teams enter the game with identical 4-8 records.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to it. I don't know if you guys saw last week, but I'm not looking forward to it if they double or triple-team me." Tight end Tony Gonzalez said, "But if the defense holds true to what I saw on film we should be able to make some plays. Part of our concern, Monday Night Football you never know what to expect, especially with the Tennessee Titans defense. They've got a guy named (LB) Keith Bulluck over there. I'm looking forward to a good challenge this week."

Monday's game could also feature the long awaited debut of tight end Kris Wilson, who made such a splash in the preseason. It was expected Wilson would be back by mid-season, but has been haltered by lingering injuries.

"I don't know." Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil said, "There's a chance you could. It depends on Omar Easy. Omar could not practice today because he had a sore knee. If he weren't able to go then we might suit up Kris in his place."

This will be the first game these two teams have played since 2000 when the Titans won 17-14 in overtime. Before that the two clubs had met only since the Titans moved from Houston when they were the Oilers.


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