Tennessee Titans: Week 5 Keys to Victory, Players to Watch vs Chiefs

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Titans vs Chiefs: Week 5 Keys to Victory, Players to Watch

Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is tackled by San Diego Chargers Reggie Walker (52) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Two days left before the Tennessee Titans begin the Ryan Fitzpatrick era. On Oct. 6, the Titans will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that could have major implications on the AFC Wild Card race. The Chiefs are 4-0. The Titans are 3-1.

Losing a starting quarterback is a big deal. Is it as big of a deal when the player who replaces the starter is a nine-year veteran who spent the past 3.5 seasons as a starter himself? Not only does Fitzpatrick have starting experience but he has a history of success against the Chiefs: 4-1 record with an 8-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

The past is the past. Fitzpatrick will face a new-and-improved Chiefs team that’s under the leadership of former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Both teams rely on a top-tier defense with their speedy running backs. Casual fans will often mistake Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles as similar players. In reality, Charles is more of a complete running back who excels as a power runner and receiver. Johnson has a little bit more of a home-run mentality, although Charles has similar ability.

Let’s take a glance at seven keys to victory for the Titans. Who are 10 players that could have a significant impact on this contest?

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  • Justin Graver

    Defense needs to take advantage of Eric Fisher’s absence and get some pressure on Alex Smith

    • Roc

      Not to take anything away from fisher, but as of right now Donald Stephenson is better. Not to sound like too much of a chiefs homer but the key to the titans winning will be to utilize the slot receiver because that’s the one weakness of the KC defense

      • Neal Woods

        I agree on your Stephenson take … Fisher will likely develop into a superior player later … but he ain’t there yet. But I have also seen reports we may start Schwartz (whom happens to be next on the RT depth chart). Personally, I like Stephenson better. In any event, as mentioned … having Fisher out is less than an issue. I think my concern is run defense. Although Vick skewed the stats … that does not avoid the fact that Shady gashed us quite frequently in that game as well. The Chiefs will have to stop Johnson first, snag a lead, then pin the ears back on the D to rattle Fitzy. It would also be interesting if the Titans get ahead by a couple of scores. Smith has been knocked for having no long-game, but why … if the short game is workin’? Against the Giants I saw evidence that the Chiefs may have a long game … but I don’t think it will come out unless we get down by more than we have so far this year.
        Should be a great game. I look forward to Sunday and hope all players play a helluva game and remain uninjured.

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