Optimism: Chiefs run defense
The Titans have another opportunity to exploit a defense with what is supposed to be the focal point of their offense: the run game.
The Chiefs sport one of the worst run defenses in the NFL this season, allowing 139.6 yards on the ground per contest, the fourth-worst in the NFL.
Of course, in order to take advantage of such a weakness, the Titans need to have a competent offensive coordinator who will make it a point to run the football. Last week, Tennessee needed to attack the Panthers on the ground, yet Derrick Henry had just just two rushes in the first half.
Not only does attacking the Chiefs on the ground make for the best game plan on offense, but it also helps the defense out. Long drives thanks to a consistent ground game will help keep KC’s potent offense off the field, thus limiting its opportunities to score.
I’d like to think Smith won’t make the same mistake he made last week, but who’s to say he won’t? Sadly, there is no reason to have any confidence in the Titans OC knowing how to attack a defense.