Tennessee Titans: 5 things we learned from Week 10 win over Chiefs

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball for a first down during the final minutes of the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeats Kansas City 35-32. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball for a first down during the final minutes of the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeats Kansas City 35-32. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 06: Jayon Brown #55 and Rashaan Evans #54 talk before playing the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 06: Jayon Brown #55 and Rashaan Evans #54 talk before playing the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images) /

Titans defense needs all hands on deck

I don’t want to say it’s time to worry about the Titans defense, although it is alarming that this unit has allowed 30 points or more in each of the past two games.

Granted, one of those games was against a high-powered Chiefs offense that totaled 500 yards, but the other was against a not-so scary Panthers offense.

There’s no question that injuries are playing a part in this, and the Titans were without three key defensive players in Week 10 with Malcolm Butler going on injured reserve earlier in the week, and both Jurrell Casey and Jayon Brown being ruled inactive.

There’s nothing the Titans can do about Butler, however Tennessee should be getting Casey and Brown back soon. Casey’s presence is missed both against the run and pass, while Brown’s status as an elite pass coverage linebacker simply cannot be replaced.

Should we start to be a bit concerned after these last two games? Sure, but I wouldn’t say it’s time for panic just yet. We’ll get a better idea of where this defense stands once its back to full strength, which will hopefully come after the bye in Week 12.

It was nice to see the offense bail the defense out for once, though.