Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wrap-up: Chiefs 34, Titans 14
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Titans’ loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
What it means: At 6-9, the Titans are eliminated from playoff contention and will finish with a losing record.
What I didn’t like: The Titans did poorly against the Chiefs’ draws and screens as Jamaal Charles had 17 touches for a combined 117 rushing and receiving yards. They got killed by Dwayne Bowe, who took a third-and long conversion on an in-cut and went 75 yards for a touchdown while outrunning the entire Titans’ secondary. The Titans were just 3-for-12 on third down on offense and had the ball for just under 21 minutes.
What I liked: A big 52-yard touchdown connection with Kenny Britt for a touchdown that put Kerry Collins over 40,000 passing yards for his career. Five Collins-to-Jared Cook connections for 96 yards.
What I want to know: How do you manage one first down rushing all game? Can the Titans possibly defend defensive personnel who struggled yet again to get off the field, allowing nine conversions on 18 third downs and staying on the field for nearly 40 minutes?
What’s next: The Titans go to Indianapolis for their second game in four weeks against the Colts. They will have a chance to kill Indianapolis’ division title and playoff hopes.