Containment of Jamaal Charles as Running Back, Receiver
Charles is a match made in Heaven for Reid’s offense. Reid loves running backs who are great receivers. He probably likes them even more now that he has a conservative game-manager quarterback who won’t take many risks downfield.
Through four games, Charles already has 23 receptions for 213 yards with two touchdowns. If that trend continues, Charles will have 92 receptions for 852 yards. Those are some eye-popping numbers for the 26-year-old running back.
Let’s not forget that Gregg Williams likes to blitz. How does an opponent slow the blitz? Screen game. Zach Brown, Akeem Ayers and the rest of the front seven must contain him.
REALITY: Charles had 22 carries for 108 yards with one touchdown. He had five receptions for 37 yards. Despite that, his longest run was 19 yards. The Titans forced a fumble around midfield. The Titans did a respectable job, although they could improve.
SUCCESS (1 of 5)
Winning the “Big Play” Battle
Two good defenses. Which team will capitalize the most on big-risk plays? Whoever has the most 20-, especially 40-yard plays will have an advantage in a potentially low-scoring game.
REALITY: Alex Smith had a couple deep passes that led to scoring drives. Can’t forget about Damian Williams’ fumble that resulted in the Chiefs’ first score.
FAILURE (1 of 6)
Guess which two teams are at the top of the turnover differential stat? The Titans and Chiefs both have a +9 margin. The Titans have yet to allow a giveaway. Not only must the Titans create some turnovers, Fitzpatrick must avoid giveaways that are deep in either territory.
REALITY: Chiefs won the turnover battle, 3-2. They scored on each of the Titans’ giveaways. That’s 13 of 26 points.
FAILURE (1 of 7)