Ben Greene (4-0)
Tennessee Titans 13, Kansas City Chiefs 24
At the start of the season, I predicted the Titans would win this game. Then the Chiefs came out of the gates playing great football and jumped to a 4-0 start. At that point, I was questioning the Titans’ ability to beat Kansas City, but still gave them an edge, simply because they were playing at home. And then Jake Locker got hurt. Now, all bets are off.
I expect the Titans offense to flounder in Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s first start, as the Chiefs will shut down Chris Johnson and force Fitzpatrick to beat them. Obviously, Fitz has experience as a starter in this league, but he will still need some time to settle in as leader of this offense before winning games. I hate to say it, but I predict one Fitzpatrick interception will break the Titans’ turnover-free streak and the offense will not be able to convert in the red zone, leading to unfulfilling field goals.
Defensively, the Titans have actually played better against the pass than the run so far this season and the Chiefs’ strong point on offense has been the ground game. That should cause some matchup problems, especially since Kansas City will likely win the time of possession battle. I do not expect the defense to have a bad game by any means, but I do not think its effort will be enough to make up for the weakened offense.
It should be a close one for the majority of the game, but the Chiefs will get one late touchdown or field goal to put it out of reach.
(Titans 0, Chiefs 1)