The Kansas City Chiefs will hit the road to square off against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. The Chiefs were able to defeat the Washington Football Team after scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half to win 31-13. Kansas City has experienced uncharacteristic issues on offense while the defense has been woeful at times, which is why they possess a 3-3 record.
The Titans were able to escape with a narrow victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 to improve to 4-2 on the season. Buffalo could have attempted to force overtime, but instead, they elected to go for the win, which allowed Tennessee to make a crucial stop at the end of last week’s contest.
While Sunday’s matchup carries the highest projected total of the weekend, here are five reasons why the Chiefs will defeat the Titans.
Patrick Mahomes Is Pretty Good At Football
It has been an extremely weird start to the season for Patrick Mahomes. He’s putting up numbers that we’re accustomed to seeing from him, throwing for 1,887 yards and 18 touchdowns in the first six weeks. But at the same time, he has eight interceptions to his name.
Some of his interceptions have been tipped passes or drops from his receivers, but he’s also made some head-scratching decisions like last week’s interception where he threw an errant pass after fumbling the snap. If there is a quarterback that can quickly put his mistakes behind him and shred defenses, it’s Mahomes. It doesn’t hurt that Mahomes gets to face the No. 27 ranked pass defense in DVOA on Sunday.
Darrel Williams Looks Capable Of Filling In For CEH
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the clear No. 1 running back for the Chiefs to begin the season. Edwards-Helaire was seeing the bulk of the running back touches before he went down with a knee injury against the Bills in Week 5. Darrel Williams filled in for Edwards-Helaire in Week 6 and proved he’s capable of handling a large workload in Kansas City’s offense.
While Williams averaged just 2.95 yards per carry last week, he did score two touchdowns versus a stout run defense in Washington. The Titans have the No. 21 ranked run defense in DVOA, putting Williams in a spot to be extremely productive for the Chiefs.
Tennessee’s Defense Doesn’t Have The Personnel To Slow Down Kansas City’s Offense
Some defenses are just in a better spot to defend the Chiefs than others. We’ve seen the Baltimore Ravens and the Bills have success defending Kansas City’s offense this season. However, the Titans do not have the personnel of either of those teams.
Tennessee, who isn’t exactly deep in the secondary, just lost Caleb Farley for the rest of the season. With Janoris Jenkins and an inexperienced group of cornerbacks leading the way for the Titans, things could get ugly for Tennessee. It also doesn’t help that the Titans aren’t exactly inducing pressure on opposing quarterbacks at a consistent rate.
Ryan Tannehill Has Not Looked Great For The Titans
This was supposed to be the year that the Titans took the next step on the offensive side of the ball. Tennessee acquired Julio Jones in the offseason, pairing him with A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry. While Jones has shown flashes of his All-Pro talent — when he’s been healthy — Ryan Tannehill has been largely disappointing this year.
Tannehill is completing just 63.4% of his passes (lowest of his career since 2015) for 1,467 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. Without Henry running rampant on defenses, the offense of the Titans would be in deep trouble this season. If Tennessee gets into a shootout with Kansas City on Sunday, I’d favor Mahomes and the Chiefs over Tannehill.
Chris Jones Could Be Back For The Chiefs
No one has been able to come up with a solution to slow down the freight train that is Henry. Even the Bills, who had the No. 1 ranked run defense in the NFL entering Week 6, allowed Henry to rush for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
While the Chiefs have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, the good news for them is that Chris Jones could return to the field in Week 7. Jones has been out in recent weeks for Kansas City, which has weakened their defensive front tremendously. If Jones is able to suit up on Sunday, he couldn’t have returned at a better time. for the Chiefs.