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TENNESSEE (7 - 9) at KANSAS CITY (11 - 6)
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Week 1 Sunday, 9/7/2014 1:00 PM
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TENNESSEE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-9-6.16-69-622.69.2336.9(5.4)1.623.89.9338.0(5.5)1.6
Road Games4-4+0.95-23-420.79.2304.5(5)1.423.59.6358.9(5.6)1.5
Last 3 Games2-1+10-11-223.37.3372.3(5.4)1.721.010.0312.3(5.3)1.7
Grass Games6-7-5.14-58-423.69.5342.8(5.5)1.324.510.2336.7(5.5)1.5
TENNESSEE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.312.219.730:1227-112(4.1)21-3561.3%233(6.7)62-345(5.6)(14.8)
Offense Road Games20.79.218.630:3833-131(4)17-2960.4%173(6)61-304(5)(14.7)
Defense (All Games)23.89.920.630:1828-112(4)21-3463.1%226(6.6)62-338(5.5)(14.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.611.519.530:1227-111(4.1)21-3561.1%230(6.6)62-342(5.5)(15.1)
Defense Road Games23.59.621.929:5526-116(4.4)24-3862.2%243(6.4)64-359(5.6)(15.3)
TENNESSEE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-434.3%1-063.6%3-69(24.4)2-13(6)6-49
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.5 14-537.3%1-045.7%3-62(24)19-2(8.9)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-432.7%1-170.0%3-78(25)3-17(6.5)5-46

KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-6+3.49-88-927.916.9347.6(5.5)
Home Games5-3-0.62-63-523.112.5342.6(5.6)1.620.210.1364.6(6.1)1.5
Last 3 Games0-3-4.41-22-125.019.7377.3(5.8)1.731.712.3436.0(6.4)1.7
Grass Games10-5+3.78-77-827.116.9345.8(5.5)
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.916.920.831:2828-130(4.7)21-3561.2%218(6.2)63-348(5.5)(12.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.212.720.831:3228-115(4.2)22-3562.4%244(6.9)63-359(5.7)(14.2)
Offense Home Games23.112.520.930:0825-127(5)22-3660.6%215(6)61-343(5.6)(14.8)
Defense (All Games)20.69.819.529:1326-119(4.5)21-3757.0%259(6.9)64-378(5.9)(18.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.511.520.330:5127-114(4.2)22-3661.5%246(6.8)63-360(5.7)(15.3)
Defense Home Games20.210.118.029:5224-95(3.9)22-3662.5%269(7.6)60-365(6.1)(18)
KANSAS CITY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-534.6%1-152.6%3-67(24.7)2-14(6.5)7-51
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-538.7%1-050.1%3-60(23.1)17-2(8.3)6-53
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-533.3%1-171.4%2-55(24.6)3-20(7.5)7-59
Average power rating of opponents played: TENNESSEE 19.7,  KANSAS CITY 17.8
TENNESSEE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2014@ KANSAS CITY            
9/21/2014@ CINCINNATI            
9/28/2014@ INDIANAPOLIS            

KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/14/2014@ DENVER            
9/21/2014@ MIAMI            
9/29/2014NEW ENGLAND            
10/5/2014@ SAN FRANCISCO            
TENNESSEE: New head coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive coordinator Jason Michael both spent last season with the Chargers, Whiz as offensive coordinator and Michael as tight ends coach. They had great success with a committee backfield last season, and the Titans' roster is set up for a similar approach. Offensive line coach Bob Bostad comes over from Tampa, and both he and Whisenhunt have overseen both zone and gap schemes. They'll likely mix it up here as well. Rookie Bishop Sankey is likely the leader of the committee, a three-down back capable of grinding between the tackles. Sankey and Shonn Greene figure to split time equally in the red zone.
Whisenhunt helped turn Philip Rivers' career around last season by emphasizing getting the ball out quickly. The Titans are expected to take a similar tact with injury-prone Jake Locker, using shorter drops and more looks for backs and tight end Delanie Walker to create match-up problems. Kendall Wright will likely lead the team in receptions again, working as a Z-receiver and in the slot as more of a catch-and-run guy. Nate Washington and Justin Hunter are both field stretchers, but Locker will likely take fewer deep shots this season. Tennessee will use two tight ends often, with Craig Stevens serving as more of a blocking specialist. Hunter and Walker are the best red-zone targets.
The Titans defense is moving in the right direction with new defensive coordinator Ray Horton and the addition of former Broncos LBs Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard. Having the second-easiest schedule in the NFL is a big plus. But this unit is still below average in nearly every facet, especially in the red zone (T-29th in NFL).
KANSAS CITY: This offense is built around Jamaal Charles and the running game. Head coach Andy Reid and offensive line coach Andy Heck brought a hybrid blocking scheme that mixes zone and gap blocking up front. Charles does a lot of his damage on the perimeter, though they do work some inside zone plays. After a solid showing in relief of an injured Charles in last year's playoffs, second-year pro Knile Davis should be in for a slightly bigger role as K.C. looks to limit the number of hits Charles absorbs.
Alex Smith may be little more than a game manager, but he's a good one. Like the offense he ran in San Francisco, Smith is asked to work off the running game and utilize his mobility to move the ball via a short passing game. He does a lot of moving around and will take off running more than most quarterbacks. Charles is the primary receiver in the passing game, getting set up on a series of screen plays. When they throw in the red zone, they continue to use Charles most often, as he's the only K.C. player who was targeted more than six times inside the opponents' 10 last season. They'll use Dwayne Bowe on the perimeter when they need to move the chains, with Donnie Avery working a lot of deep crossing routes. They use two tight ends frequently, with Travis Kelce expected to be used as a receiver more often than Anthony Fasano was last season.
In his first year in Kansas City, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton took a unit tied for last in turnovers in 2012 (13 TO) up to second in 2013 (36 TO). OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali caused plenty of takeaways with a combined 22 sacks and five forced fumbles. The Chiefs also have the NFL's best return game, scoring four return touchdowns in 2013.
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*Titans-Chiefs Preview* =======================


The last time the Kansas City Chiefs took the field in a game that counted, they experienced a microcosm of their 2013 season with a fast start that faded away in a playoff defeat.

After losing some key players to free agency, Kansas City hopes to take the first step toward another postseason berth Sunday when it opens against the visiting Tennessee Titans, who haven't been to the playoffs since 2008.

The Chiefs had won just two games prior to coach Andy Reid's arrival before starting 9-0 last season. They reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010 despite dropping five of seven down the stretch.

Kansas City also got off to an impressive start before collapsing in the postseason. After they built a 38-10 third-quarter advantage, the Chiefs allowed 35 points in the final 27 minutes in a 45-44 loss at Indianapolis.

"What happened in the past, you can't do anything about it," linebacker Tamba Hali said. "We just have to build on it."

The bounce-back season resulted in big-money deals elsewhere for some of the team's top players. Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert joined starting guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz in chasing free-agent dollars.

Second-year pro Eric Fisher, who has been dealing with an illness, has slid from right tackle to left. Sixth-round draft pick Zach Fulton has emerged as a new starting guard.

Donald Stephenson also has moved into the lineup at right tackle, though he's suspended for the first four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

"I just care about getting the best five out there," Reid said of his makeshift offensive line.

The Chiefs would like to make protecting Alex Smith a priority after they signed the quarterback to a four-year extension last weekend worth a reported $45 million guaranteed.

Smith threw for a career-best 3,313 yards with 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in the regular season before posting 378 yards and four TDs in the playoff loss.

"It allows us to have a heck of a football player here in person, a good leader in the locker room," Reid said.

Dwayne Bowe is suspended following his arrest in November, while Junior Hemingway (hip), A.J. Jenkins (concussion) and Kyle Williams (shoulder) are dealing with injuries. With the receiving corps depleted, Kansas City is likely to lean on running back Jamaal Charles in the opener.

Charles signed a two-year extension after he had nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns last season. He ran for 108 yards and the go-ahead fourth-quarter score in Kansas City's 26-17 win at Tennessee on Oct. 6.

Now the 2013 All-Pro will try to help the Chiefs move past their offensive inefficiencies in the preseason, when the first-team offense failed to score a touchdown in 16 series covering the first three games.

Tennessee first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt brought in defensive coordinator Ray Horton to shift the Titans to a 3-4 scheme after they ranked 20th while allowing 112.2 rushing yards per game during their 7-9 finish in 2013.

However, they still seem to be adjusting after giving up an opening touchdown drive in all four preseason games.

"We feel like our guys have worked hard, and they're prepared," said Whisenhunt, who replaced Mike Munchak. "Hopefully that will be reflected in the way we Kansas City."

Jurrell Casey, who signed a four-year, $36 million extension last week, is coming off a career year with 10 1/2 sacks, 90 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures. His sacks were the second-highest total in franchise history for a defensive tackle behind only Ray Childress' 13 in 1992.

Perhaps the Titans' biggest key in their bid to end a five-year postseason drought is the health of quarterback Jake Locker. Following a 3-1 start last season, Tennessee dropped eight of its final 12 while Locker missed nine with two different injuries.

"I got all the confidence in the world in him, did last year too," left tackle Michael Roos said. "He's proved himself. He just unfortunately has had some freak injuries. I think it's just a matter of him staying healthy."

Locker, who has missed 14 of 32 games since being named the starter, completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 721 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions before suffering a hip injury versus the New York Jets in Week 4.

He should have some solid options in the passing game with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter back in the mix. The 6-foot-4 Hunter was one of Locker's favorite targets in the red zone and could blossom in his second season.

They'll attempt to exploit a Kansas City secondary that lost Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers in a cost-cutting move and free safety Kendrick Lewis to free agency. Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry also has been dealing with a nagging heel injury.

Shonn Greene, former Chief Dexter McCluster and rookie Bishop Sankey give the Titans a talented trio in the backfield after they said goodbye to Chris Johnson after six seasons.

Kicker Ryan Succop agreed to a one-year deal with Tennessee on Monday, two days after he was released by Kansas City.

This is the first meeting in Kansas City since a 34-14 Chiefs victory in December 2010.

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