There has been plenty of speculation regarding the looming return of quarterback Patrick Mahomes after dislocating his kneecap during the 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 7. Although he has been a full participant in practice this week, head coach Andy Reid has made it clear that he will be taking a cautious approach with his recovery.
Regardless, there is good reason for Kansas City to be confident about their chances in Tennessee given how they have responded to some key injuries as of late. Here are 4 reasons they will come out victorious in Week 10.
1. Quarterback Battle
Regardless, of which quarterback gets the start, it is clear that Kansas City has a bit of a surplus under center. Moore has done a solid job filling in for Mahomes with strong back-to-back outings during his absence.
Meanwhile, the Titans have reverted to their backup out of their own choosing by going from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill. Although the offense has somewhat improved with Tannehill at the helm, it is still a far cry from what the Chiefs’ quarterback are bringing to the table.
2. More Equipped For Potential Shootout
Part of the reason why the Chiefs have not experienced a significant drop-off with Moore is due to all the weapons they have on offense. There is no shortage of firepower in Kansas City with playmakers like wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce and they are more than prepared to engage in a potential shootout like they did against the Vikings.
The Titans largely rely on their run game to do their bidding, however, this could be difficult to do if they fall behind early. While their defense has proven to be quite stout against the pass this year, they find themselves shorthanded in the secondary after placing cornerback Malcolm Butler on injured reserve with a broken wrist in Week 9.
3. Will Be Able to Contain The Run Due To A Lack Of A Passing Threat
Tennessee could very well look to control the game by establishing the run early on. After all, the Chiefs are currently giving up the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season (139.6) and it is an effective way to keep their dynamic offense off the field.
Fortunately, Kansas City can put an emphasis on trying to stop the run like they did last week against Minnesota when they held running back Dalvin Cook to just 71 yards on 21 carries for a mere 3.4 yards per carry. Their lack of explosiveness with Tannehill at the helm should make their efforts much easier.
4. Must-Win For KC
Calling this a must-win for the Chiefs may seem far-fetched considering they have a comfortable lead in the AFC West heading into the second half of the season. Regardless, this team’s expectations have long transcended beyond mere divisional titles with the goal of getting back to the AFC Championship.
This means doing what they can to potentially secure home-field advantage in the playoffs, especially now that the New England Patriots have proven to be vulnerable. After their matchup with Tennessee, Kansas City is entering arguably the most crucial stretch of the 2019 campaign with back-to-back AFC West matchups before a showdown with New England in Week 14 that could very well have an impact on the overall seeding.
They will first need to take care of business with a win against the Titans.