As the Chiefs head into a game against the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans, what does our staff predict the score will be?
Chiefs 31 – Titans 30
The Chiefs’ defense is gashed for big yards by King Henry, but the Titans’ D equally struggles with Mahomes. With both teams going up and down the field, the first team to blink loses. On Sunday that is the Titans as Fenton comes up with a critical INT late in the 3rd quarter. Once again, I predict that Jarran Reed actually gets a tackle, one of these weeks I’ll be right.
35 Titans – 30 Chiefs
The Chiefs’ defense showed major improvements against Washington. But Derrick Henry possesses the greatest running threat the Chiefs have played this season. The linebacker position may get exploited without veteran Anthony Hitchens, relying on Nick Bolton and Willie Gay Jr. Those two will need to play an incredible game to keep Henry under control. I see the Titans squeaking a close one out at home behind a heavy run attack to control the game and time of possession.
Chiefs 38 – Titans 28
A lot is being made of all-world running back Derrick Henry, and rightfully so, but the Titans secondary might be the worst in the league. After losing rookie Caleb Farley and Kristian Fulton for the season and Chris Jackson for an unknown period of time. The secondary is running on fumes. Sure Derrick Henry might have 200 yards in this game but Patrick Mahomes may have 200 yards passing in the first quarter. As long as the Chiefs defense can limit A.J. Brown and a dinged-up Julio Jones it’s hard to see them keeping pace.
Chiefs 34 – Titans 27
This will be a tough game for the Chiefs because it will be a basic confrontation between Derrick Henry against a weak run defense. However, I think the Chiefs will capitalize on the win against Washington and the Titans’ secondary is so damaged (many injuries) that Mahomes could redeem himself in this game going deep.
KC 30 – TEN 27
Kansas City’s run defense being the topic of conversation all week lights a fire under the defensive line which will (hopefully) be healthy and sporting Chris Jones AND Frank Clark on the field at the same time. That being said, Derrick Henry still gets over 100 yards and will likely have at least one TD if not 2-3 thanks to Spags’ defense not taking the ball away. On the other side of the ball, Mahomes is going to do Mahomes things against this Tennessee secondary. Hopefully, the run game flows through Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon much like it did last week against WFT which will open up the passing game even more for #15. No matter how the run game does for KC the turnovers need to stop, maybe with this defense not being very good KC can finally get over their turnover problem for at least one week.
Chiefs 42 – Titans 38
A classic shootout in the Music City ensues in week 7. Since both teams have horrible defenses and great offenses, I don’t see any other way this game is going to go. The Chiefs will have to score early and often against the run-heavy Titans. I expect Mahomes to have a game where he doesn’t have a single turnover and has a 4TD game vs a banged-up secondary. The defense has an improved day but still gives up a couple of big runs and an explosive play to AJ Brown. The Chiefs pull out a victory as the defense is able to get a late stop and the offense is able to run out the clock.
Chiefs 37 – Titans 33
Get ready for a lot of points in Nashville. Even with the turnovers, K.C.’s offense is one of the most efficient in the league, and no one can stop Derrick Henry. The defense will struggle against an offense loaded with weapons, but the offense will eliminate the turnovers, jump out to a lead, and hold on for a late victory to move over .500 for the first time since week 1.