WHEN THE CHIEFS PASS
More bad news for Kansas City's offensive line this week, as they face a Titans pass rush that will most likely put extreme heat on Brodie Croyle. Kyle Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth are household names, but don't sleep on defensive tackle Tony Brown and left end Antwan Odom. Brown is undersized, but extremely quick, and Odom is about as athletic as defensive ends not named Dwight Freeney come in the NFL. Will Svitek has his work cut out for him with the start at right tackle.
The Titans also like to move Vanden Bosch around, especially in combination with Haynesworth. It's a lethal combination and the Chiefs have shown no indication this season they'll be up to the challenge of stopping it.
If there's any good news for Croyle and company, it's that the Titans really don't have a defensive back who can match up with Dwayne Bowe. Chris Chambers and especially Andre Johnson had their way with Tennesse's secondary the last two weeks. The Titans like to match up rookie defensive back Michael Griffin on tight ends, so look for Tony Gonzalez to draw him (another battle Kansas City can likely win).
WHEN THE TITANS PASS
Vince Young is an enigma. One week, he looks like a true franchise quarterback, as he did against the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans earlier this year. Another week, he looks like a bust – as he did against the Chargers last week.
Odds are, Young will look pretty good against the Chiefs for one reason – Tennessee's offensive line. They pass protect quite well, and on certain plays give Young an obscene amount of time. Michael Roos, despite his comical name, is playing as well as any young left tackle in the league at the moment, and will give Jared Allen all he can handle.
Despite Tennessee's relatively pedestrian passing stats, they do attempt to throw downfield, and Young has complete control over audibles at the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately, his receivers aren't that great. There was way too many dropped passes against the Broncos a few weeks ago, and there's no real deep threat in Tennessee's receiving corps, especially with Brandon Jones hurting. Look for the Titans to come out running the bootleg, which has torched KC's defense this year.
WHEN THE CHIEFS RUN
Haynesworth is the ultimate key to Tennesse's defense. Without him, this season the Titans are 0-3 and gave up 160 rushing yards per game. With him, they field one of the stoutest run defenses in the league.
The Titans love to pack the box with defenders on early downs and at times break out a 4-4 look, but it's doubtful it will be necessary against the Chiefs, who couldn't even run on Denver last week. The Titans are strong up front, tackle well, and are well coached. If Kolby Smith comes close to 50 yards tomorrow, consider it a good afternoon.
WHEN THE TITANS RUN
Tennessee has the league's fourth-ranked rushing attack, but the statistic is slightly deceiving. The Titans don't have a run-blocking line on par with the Vikings or Steelers. What they do have is an almost fanatical devotion to the running game.
Jeff Fisher loves to pound the football and always has. It's no different this year, as his team is second in the NFL in rushing attempts. Chris Brown is probably the more talented back between he and LenDale White, but Brown's injury problems demand the younger back be the starter. White carries the ball like a loaf of bread, which leads to fumbles, but he'll run over just about any defender the Chiefs throw at him. If KC's defense abandons gap control as they did against the Raiders, Chargers and Broncos, White will run for 200 yards.
With veteran punter Craig Hentrich and NFL kicking leader Rob Bironas, the Titans have a huge edge in this matchup. Tennessee also fields decent return units, with rookie Michael Griffin handling kickoffs.
The Titans will look to rebound this week after choking away a game against the Chargers last week, but the Chiefs will surely be up for their final home game of the season. They couldn't possibly quit, could they? Nah.
The Titans have their sights set on a wildcard playoff berth. There's no way they let a dismal Chiefs team playing out the stretch stand in their way, and don't count on many of KC's offensive linemen standing in Albert Haynesworth's way for long, either.
Titans 24, Chiefs 7
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