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

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NASHVILLE – The Titans face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here's a quick look at the Chiefs:

Record: 13-4.

Last game: Jan. 12, beat the Texans, 51-31, in Divisional Round.

Points for/against: 28.2/19.3 ppg.

NFL RANKINGS

Offense: 6th overall, 379.2 ypg (23rd rushing, 5th passing).

Defense: 17th overall, 349.6 ypg (26th rushing, 8th passing).

TEAM LEADERS

Head coach: Andy Reid.

Offense:

QB: Patrick Mahomes (319-of-484, 4,031 yards, 26 TDs, 5 INTs, 105.3 rating).

Top RB: Damien Williams (111 carries, 498 yards, 5 TDs).

Top WR: Tyreek Hill (58 catches, 860 yards, 7 TDs).

Top TE: Travis Kelce (97 catches, 1,229 yards, 5 TDs).

Defense:

Sacks: DL Chris Jones (9).

Leading tackler: LB Anthony Hitchens (88).

Interceptions: S Tyrann Mathieu (4).

Take/Give: plus-8.

Kicker: Harrison Butker (34-of-38 FGs, 45-of-48 PATs).

Punter: Dustin Colquitt 44.3 (40.3).

Last meeting: November 10, 2019: Titans 35, Chiefs 32.

Of note:

-Chiefs had six players named to the Pro Bowl (DE Frank Clark, RS Mecole Hardman, WR Tyreek Hill, DT Chris Jones, TE Travis Kelce, QB Patrick Mahomes).

-Chiefs ranked 2nd in AFC in yards per game (379.2) and points per game (28.2).

-Chiefs are in the AFC Championship Game for second year in a row.

Injury Report

RB LeSean McCoy (illness)

QB Matt Moore (illness)

DT Chris Jones (calf)

TE Travis Kelce (knee)

DT Khalen Saunders (knee)

CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder)

CB Kendall Fuller (knee)

DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (neck)

CB Austin Reiter (wrist)

G Andrew Wylie (ankle)

FROM THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

CHIEFS HEAD COACH ANDY REID CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

(on where the Chiefs have made the biggest improvements since Week 10)

I think we're playing better, obviously, together on both sides of the ball. For a while there, we were kind of shooting ourselves in the foot. We've kind of subsided a little bit in that area. We've still got a lot of work to do to get ready for this game.

(on how much the Titans have changed since Week 10)

I think they're playing confident, aggressive football. I felt that way when we played them too. They're probably likewise. They've had this opportunity now to play a few more games since we played them. They were playing good then, they're playing good now.

(on he if can recall a running back being on the type of roll Derrick Henry is on)

Well, the offensive line does a nice job, and he's got good vision, quick feet, and he's big and strong. He's a heck of a player. You had one there before that I thought was good too with Eddie (George). Nashville has been blessed with some really good running backs.

(on how the Titans do running into eight-man boxes)

They did good, yeah. They fared well. They saw a lot of them, so they did good.

(on his thoughts on Ryan Tannehill's season)

You better not slight Ryan Tannehill because he's a good football player. They've got a good system, scheme. He's a smart kid with great athletic ability. He can sling it. I mean, they run the ball, but he can sling it also. They've got a good variety of plays in there, trick plays and base plays, and they do them all well.

(on what looks different about Ryan Tannehill this year as opposed to his years in Miami)

He did pretty good there too. I'd probably tell you he fits the scheme. I think he gets good protection. That's a big factor as a quarterback. And he doesn't have to do everything, which you don't ever want to have a quarterback that you ask to do that. That normally doesn't have a good result for your team, no matter who the quarterback is.

(on what he's thought of Arthur Smith's playcalling this season)

I think he's done a heck of a job. He's got great variety. People go, 'He runs the ball,' well that's not all he does. He's got a lot of good stuff in there, including the run game. He's done a nice job. I mean, you learn lessons every day, and you keep learning lessons as you get old. That's the fun part about this, you can always keep growing.

(on what he's seen from Mike Vrabel as a head coach from afar)

He's done a great job. I'm a big Mike Vrabel fan, so I think he's done a heck of a job. He does it the right way.

(on if he could clarify what he meant by saying that Mike Vrabel 'does it the right way')

I think he's honest, and I think he works the guys hard, and he gets them ready to play, preparation.

(on the impact Jurrell Casey has on the Titans' defense)

Well, I actually coached him in the Pro Bowl. He's a heck of a kid. He's a good athlete. He's been doing it a long time now, and he's been doing it at a Pro Bowl-level, All-Pro level, so we know that. They're moving him around, which is great for him. Hard to get a beat on him, where he's at. He's a good athlete, he's got good skill and he's smart.

(on if the fact that Greg Joseph hasn't attempted a field goal will make it crucial for the Chiefs to limit the Titans to field goal attempts)

I don't know. That's a loaded question. We just try to get better and play better. They got after us and kicked our tail the last time we played them, so we've got to get better in a lot of areas.

(on how much a quarterback like Marcus Mariota can help a scout team)

I think it's great. I like Marcus (Mariota). I was a fan of his coming out and he got after us here once, so I know he's a good football player. It sure doesn't hurt to have him as your scout team quarterback, or whatever you want to call it.

(on how much it concerns him that the Titans have involved Marcus Mariota in the game plan in recent weeks)

They can do that. That's one of the benefits to having him there. He's a Heisman winner, he can run the ball, he can throw the ball. He's a good football player. You've got to be ready for that.

(on if the Chiefs have addressed the issues that they had with the snap count on field goals in Week 10)

I think we're going to use the same snap count.

Derrick Henry and Marcus Mariota led Tennessee back from a 21-3 deficit to defeat the Chiefs 22-21 in an AFC Wild Card game on Jan. 6, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium.

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