Kansas City Chiefs
Fortunately for Tennessee, the Titans already have the blueprint on how to beat Kansas City after pulling out a 35-32 win against the Chiefs earlier in the year.
For the Titans to earn another win in 2019 against Kansas City, it will once again take a strong focus running game and establishing the play-action pass. The Tennessee offense has been effective in both aspects all season, but was especially great against the Chiefs.
Derrick Henry had sort of a “2019 Coming Out Party” against Kansas City, where the Chiefs struggled all game to slow down the star running back on route to a 188 yard game on just 23 carries. Kansas City has struggled all season in stopping the run, and once again, the Titans are more than equipped to take advantage.
Beyond big numbers from Henry, establishing the running game in such an emphatic way will help the Titans set up their play-action passing game and take advantage of a Chiefs pass defense that ranks in the top ten in yards allowed and yards per attempt.
On defense, the Titans have the roster talent needed to counter some of Kansas City’s biggest skill-position threats. Despite having a big game in the regular season, Tyreek Hill could struggle to find separation against Tennessee’s speedy cornerback Adoree Jackson, assuming he’s back from injury at this point. And with Tennessee ranking in the top ten in yards allowed per carry, the defense should be able to keep the Chiefs running back committee quiet once again. Keeping Hill and the Chiefs running game quiet could give the Titans just enough of an advantage to outscore a dangerous Kansas City offense.