Behind Enemy Lines: A Quick Look at the Kansas City Chiefs

NASHVILLE – The Titans face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Here’s a look at the Chiefs:

Record: 6-3.

Last game: Beat the Vikings, 26-23.

Points for/against: 28.0 ppg/22.7 ppg.

NFL RANKINGS

Offense: 6th overall, 390.8 ypg (24th rushing, 2nd passing).

Defense: 22nd overall, 369.3 ypg (29th rushing, 11th passing).

TEAM LEADERS

Head coach: Andy Reid.

Offense

QB: Patrick Mahomes (157-of-241, 2,180 yards, 15 TDs, 1 INT, 113.1 rating) or Matt Moore (59-of-91, 659 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, 100.9 rating).

Top RB: LeSean McCoy (72 carries, 371 yards, 2 TDs).

Top WR: Sammy Watkins (35 catches, 473 yards, 3 TDs).

Top TE: Travis Kelce (49 catches 686 yards, 2 TDs).

Defense

Sacks: DE Emmanuel Ogbah (4.5).

Leading tackler: LB Damien Wilson (40).

Interceptions: CB Charvarius Ward (2).

Take/Give: plus-2.

Kicker: Harrison Butker (19-22 FGs, 27-28 PATs).

Punter: Dustin Colquitt 45.7 (42.4).

Last meeting: January 6, 2018, Titans 22, Chiefs 21.

Injury Report

T Eric Fisher (groin)

DE Alex Okafor (ankle)

DE Frank Clark (neck)

G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle)

CB Kendall Fuller (thumb)

DT Derrick Nnadi (elbow)

P Dustin Colquitt (left thigh)

QB Chad Henne (ankle)

DT Joe Ivie (back)

DT Chris Jones (groin)

QB Patrick Mahomes (knee)

FROM THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

TitansOnline.com looks back at the team's all-time series against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photos)

CHIEFS HEAD COACH ANDY REID CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

(on status of Patrick Mahomes for Week 10)

He practiced last week. So, he’s going to practice. We’ll try to increase his reps there a little bit and just see how he does. That’s where we’re at with him. He’s had limited work here, so we’ll see what he does and see how it works out for him.

(on if there was any thought of shutting him down or holding him back for a few more weeks)

Listen, I have a lot of trust in our trainers and doctors. I just say if a guy is ready to go, then you go. I don’t know, maybe you have an answer for this better than I do, but it’s hard to tell your team that you’re going to put any player down for a game. In other words, you’re saying it’s less than this or that. In this business, that’s not a good thing. So, you have to prepare for every team in this league. Because of the parity in this league, everybody’s good. So, that’s how we go about and then there is no grey area. If you can play, you play.

(on what he has seen from the Titans)

I see a well-coached football team. They’ve had some injuries, but they’re bouncing back. They play hard. They’re very tough. We’ve got to make sure that we have a very good week of practice. Anything less isn’t good enough.

(on his impressions of A.J. Brown)

He’s a good player. I haven’t studied him quite as much as what maybe (Steve Spagnuolo) has because he’s playing against him there, but I know he’s a good football player.

(on what he’s seen from Jeffery Simmons)

Good player, very good.

(on if anything stands out to him about Jeffery Simmons)

Yeah, we’ve got to try to take care of him. He’s a talented kid, so we’ve got to do a good job. We’ve got our work cut out there. Good football player though.

(on the biggest difference in the Chiefs defense over the past couple of weeks)

Every week is different, first of all. You guys have got a running back there that is a beast, so we’ve got to make sure that we have a good week of practice here. That’s what the guys have done is they’ve worked on it and worked hard at it. There’s no secrets to that. You’ve got to be gap secure, and if you’re not, then the running backs at this level are going to take care of you. Your guy there is a big man, plus he’s got great vision, plus he’s fast and he’s strong. We’ve got to make sure that we do a good job.

(on if the Titans have done anything different in the last three weeks that they didn’t do when Marcus Mariota was the starter)

I like both of those guys. Sometimes quarterbacks, they’re like pitchers – they can get into a little bit of a funk, and then next guy steps up, and then that guy will come back later and he’ll do good. That’s how it works. I never write them off at all, quarterbacks. These guys are so stinking talented. You’re lucky, you’ve got two of them and both of them have a lot of experience. Marcus (Mariota) came up here and knocked us out the one game, now we’ve got to deal with (Ryan) Tannehill who’s multi-talented. He was a wide receiver in college – he can run with the ball, he can throw the ball, he’s smart. You’ve got two good ones.

(on how much his offensive approach has changed over the years)

It’s changed a little bit. Some of the base fundamental things are the same, but one unique thing about learning the west coast offense is that it kind of incorporates a lot of different stuff, so you get a lot of different areas that you work with, so you have flexibility within it. But also, these kids coming out today, which I think is a good thing, they’re coming out throwing the ball. So with Alex (Smith), we tried to keep some of the stuff similar to things that he did actually in college, which even though he’s been in the league a long time, those are things he had real fun memories of doing. So, we tried to bring some of that out, and then let him grow it. He’s a smart guy, so we let him grow it because it puts suggestions in. Then, we kind of kept it going that way.

(on if his offensive approach helped Patrick Mahomes get up to speed quicker)

I think that there’s so many great systems in this league that I think he’s talented enough where he probably could have done it wherever. This one fits him good, but I’m not saying it’s the only one that fits him good. There are too many good ones in this league.

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