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Chiefs vs. Titans: Players Who Need to Step Up for Kansas City to Go 5-0

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The Kansas City Chiefs have just beaten the New York (playing terrible) Football Giants 31-7 and are now 4-0. No big deal. Now that we’ve established that fact, it’s time to look forward. The Chiefs will be heading east to face the surging Tennessee Titans in an extremely winnable game. The Titans are coming off a 38-13 blowout of the New York Jets. Titans’ quarterback Jake Locker left the game with a major hip injury and will most likely not be playing against the Chiefs next week. That means the Chiefs will be facing an old enemy in Ryan Fitzpatrick. This guy has torched Kansas City for the past two years for the Buffalo Bills and how has weapons such as Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, and Chris Johnson aka CJ2K. The Chiefs will need guys to step up to go 5-0 and these are the guys that need to do it.


1. Donald Stephenson (And the rest of the Offensive Line for that matter):

The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line has looked extremely shaky in the past couple games. It held up versus the Giants, but looked very shaky against the Cowboys and the Eagles. The Tennessee Titans are tied for third in the league with 14 sacks on the year. Alex Smith is excellent at running the football, but against the Giants he started taking shots down the field (much to my pleasure). If he is to continue to make big plays the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line needs to protect him. This is a formidable pass rush they are facing. Offensive tackle Donald Stephenson stepped in at right tackle when right tackle Eric Fisher suffered a concussion. He did pretty well. He, and the rest of the offensive line will need to continue to play well to beat the Tennessee Titans in Tennessee.


2. Marcus Cooper/Dunta Robinson:

I watched the Giants game back at my alma mater (I’m one year removed from college) with some of my college friends who are Giants fans and they can attest that I predicted at some point Victor Cruz would roast the Chiefs for a long touchdown. I WAS RIGHT GUYS. Dunta Robinson just looked so slow compared to him on that play, but when Marcus Cooper stepped in things looked up. Cruz still had 164 yards receiving, but he didn’t beat the Chiefs deep again. Cooper also made some great defensive plays towards the end of the game. If Brandon Flowers cannot play against the Titans in week five, Cooper and Robinson need to be able to stop Titans’ wide receiver Nate Washington, who had a monster game against the Jets.


3. Alex Smith:

Alex Smith threw two* interceptions this past week. I put the asterisk by two because that second interception wasn’t really on him. He currently stands at seven touchdowns and two interceptions and is on pace for 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Tennessee Titans have the league’s 23rd best pass defense. If the Chiefs plan on winning in Tennessee, Smith needs to keep playing like he has been and not turn the ball over. However, I did like many of the throws he made against the Giants. My favorite of those throws was a 23 yard strike to tight end Sean McGrath that was fit into a very tight window.


4. Donnie Avery

After an awesome game against the Eagles, we saw why some were worried about Donnie Avery in the offseason. He dropped a bunch of balls that a number two receiver should make. Donnie Avery needs to make plays when he isn’t wide open. He needs to hang on to that football so can use that special speed that he has.




Addicts, I’m going to stick with just these players because the rest of the Chiefs defense is phenomenal and really doesn’t have to step up. On offense, Charles will continue to close games out. They just have to keep playing the way they’re playing and the Chiefs will end up 5-0



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Tags: Alex Smith Donald Stephenson Donnie Avery Dunta Robinson Kansas City Chiefs Marcus Cooper Tennessee Titans

  • Jim bernard

    I agree, hope flowers is back soon though

  • IceChief27

    I agree, with better O-line play will lead to better offensive output. I think Dwayne Bowe needs to step up as well. he hasn’t looked real great and has had troube getting open and catching passes. Cooper looks like a find too, really like what I saw from him.

    • superman_25_58

      Bowe was open a few times and Smith went the other direction. Hell he did like a ten and out than turned it up field and if AS11 would of saw him and threw the ball, Bowe would of had 100+ yards and 2 TD bc Bowe was open for days on that play it seemed like.

    • Troy Utt

      I’m right there with you on the O-line… To be honest I’ve not been impressed with Albert’s play so far this year either, it has been inconsistant at best. Take the Philly game for example I can recall at least once that Smith was sacked because of Albert, but I’d like to get a count on the # of QB hurries coming off each… I’m telling you Fisher struggled a bit which most expected to a degree but not w/ Albert & $9.82mil ! I also believe there is more Bowe can be doing to gain seperation. But at the same time believe that the return of the balance of our TE Corp will be of great help in this area opening up the playbook to the mult TE sets & forcing the D to cover the flat. As right now most are either doubling down on Bowe, Avery or stacking the box on a fairly regular basis. No matter I am still happy with the effort put forth by the team as a whole… I am grateful that Clark opted to pull out his check-book & we are competitive rather than rebuilding!!! WAR CHIEFS!!!

  • kcchiefs28

    Sooooo… I’ve come EXTREMELY close to getting the exact scores right for the last two games, so I’m going to make my predictions now:

    1. Ryan Fitzpatrick throws 3 picks (1- Berry, 1-K. Lewis, 1-S.Smith)

    2. Alex Smith throws for 4 TDs (2-Charles, 1-Bowe, 1-McGrath) AND gets 1 rushing TD, making him the top fantasy QB of the week

    3. Justin Houston has a phenomenal day, getting 5 sacks (yes, FIVE) and a forced fumble

    4. Dexter McCluster scores a punt return TD for the second straight week

    5. The Titans struggle early in the game, down 24-3 at the half, and never really stand a chance, with a final score of 41-17

    • kcchiefs28

      For some reason, my phone won’t let me edit, but I meant for the final score to be 45-17

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    Even if Flowers comes back for this game he needs to play better than he did against Dez Bryant. He was toasted all game long. Dez is better than Cruz

    • superman_25_58

      Ya your right except that their isn’t many WRs with Dez Bryant’s size and skill set. Flowers shut down the #1 WR in the NFL in week 3 against Desean Jackson and the Eagles by holding Jackson to only what 3 rec for 66 yards and his longest reception was when Flowers got hurt and he caught a 40 yard pass (something like this). I can see Cooper (if he continues to get better) and Smith manning the outsides, Flowers holds down the slot receivers, with Berry and Lewis lurking in the backfield.

    • berttheclock

      Yeah, I loved the way he was “toasted” on one of those plays when Dez reached over him and shoved him to the ground. Dez appears to be a protected species as I saw another of his pushoffs in this past week not being called. Dez reminds me of how Plaxico Burress was protected early in his career. Burress did have to learn how to not push off. As long as the refs allow Dez to keep shoving, he will never stop.

  • freshmeat62

    With you all the way on the O-line. The O-line and QB are the 2 most important areas on the offense. If the line can dominate, or just do it’s job, you can pretty much have a bunch of puds at the receivers and backs, and have an OK offense. Throw in this elite defense, and now you have a playoff caliber team.

    That’s why in preseason I wish they had played the o-line more, because they are young and need to get used to playing w/ each other.

  • berttheclock

    Donald Stephenson did step in for Fisher. However, why do so many forget he was charged with a 15 yard clipping penalty? Fisher blocked far better in this game and he only had one false start penalty assessed. Stephenson did work out the jitters and he blocked very well on that long drive.

  • berttheclock

    Yes, Cooper did cover far better, however, Sutton brought safety help over to take away the long pass. Sutton made a similar move against the Cowboys, as well, in the 2nd half of that game.

  • Neal Woods

    I would add that our run defense must step up … offense jump to early lead … then let D pin their ears back.