Michael Moraitis (Co-expert)
We’ve seen this scenario before: the Titans go up against a superior team that nobody expects them to beat and end up winning the game in stunning fashion. While this Week 10 showdown with the Chiefs qualifies as one of those potential scenarios, it’s a difficult proposition to hang your hat on.
The reality is the Titans are poorly coached and continue to struggle along the offensive line, both with blocking and penalties. The margin for error is so small in this game that it’s impossible to believe that an undisciplined, inconsistent squad like the Titans can overcome their issues en route to a victory.
Not having Malcolm Butler is going to leave a huge hole in the secondary, and you better believe the Chiefs are going to attack LeShaun Sims every chance they get. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is one of the smartest offensive minds in the NFL, so he’ll undoubtedly find a way.
Yes, the Titans should get their rushing attack going and flourish in that area with the Chiefs struggling to stop the run, but that isn’t even a given at this point after KC bottled up Dalvin Cook and the Vikings last week.
Regardless, the Titans will still have to throw the ball to be successful, and that depends on the offensive line not committing penalties and being able to block guys like Emmanuel Ogbah, Chris Jones and, if he plays, Frank Clark. I don’t see that happening.
The Titans will put up their usual 20 to 23 points, and the Chiefs will have their way with a Tennessee defense that is missing several key pieces.
Final score prediction: Chiefs 31, Titans 21