-The Titans did all of their damage in the first half, dropping 27 points on the Chiefs. Tennessee had 277 yards of total offense over the first two quarters, and dominated time of possession by nearly 17 minutes. The Titans won the overall time of possession battle by almost 13 minutes.
-Ryan Tannehill was surgical in this one, completing 21-of-27 passes for 270 yards and two total scores (one rushing). He completed his first 10 passes. His one blemish was a bad decision that led to an interception, although it should have been negated because he got hit in the head.
-A.J. Brown is back. Tennessee’s star wideout was torching the Chiefs and picking up yards after the catch. 101 of his 133 yards came in the first half, and he also found pay dirt. This is the second strong showing in a row for Brown, who looks to be fully back on track after a slow start to the season.
-Tennessee was getting pressure all game long and notched a total of four sacks and 8 QB hits. Denico Autry had two, and Bud Dupree and Harold Landry both had one apiece. When Mahomes wasn’t getting hit, his throws were rushed with the heat Tennessee was bringing.
-The coverage was great also, as even when Mahomes had time to throw, he had trouble finding open targets, and some of the pressure Tennessee got on him was a result of coverage. Most importantly, the plays Mahomes did complete didn’t lead to big gains, as the Titans kept everything in front of them. Kansas City had two plays of 20-plus yards, with a long of 25.
-Overall, Tennessee’s defense held the Chiefs to under 300 yards passing, under 100 yards rushing, 334 yards of total offense, and forced three turnovers (one interception, two fumbles). It was a truly brilliant performance.
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