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The Kansas City Chiefs head to LP Field in Tennessee this Sunday to take on the Titans. This matchup looks to be a great road test for the 4-0 Chiefs as they try to stay perfect and keep the heat on Denver in the race for the AFC West crown. When watching on Sunday, take note of the following:
Former Chiefs in Blue –
On Sunday, be sure to keep your eye out for former Chiefs Jackie Battle, Bernard Pollard and Ropati Pitoitua. All three of these guys were solid contributors to the Red & Gold, and all three have contributed so far to Tennessee’s early success.
Who Wins the Turnover Battle?
Both the Chiefs and Titans sit atop the NFL in turnover ratio with matching +9 ratings. While KC has taken the ball away more than the Titans so far in 2013, Tennessee has capitalized on 9 opponent turnovers and have yet to give the ball away this season. The turnover battle decides football games. If the Chiefs want to come out of this one 5-0, they’re going to have to force turnovers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has Kansas City’s number
Though Ryan Fitzpatrick is widely known as an unsuccessful NFL quarterback, for some reason he has killed the Chiefs. Fitzpatrick is 4-1 in games started in his career against Kansas City. Can he make it 5-1, or will the Chiefs go 5-0?
Who Needs To Step Up For the Chiefs?
The Chiefs have been winning as a team on defense, and it seems as if there’s a new focal point of the offense every week. This week I’d really like to see Dwayne Bowe have a breakout game. We’ve yet to see much chemistry between Bowe and quarterback Alex Smith, though we know it could easily manifest itself at any moment. Getting Bowe rolling would be huge for this offense (and selfishly, my fantasy team).
Titans Player Kansas City Must Stop:
The obvious answer would be Chris Johnson, as he’s a game-breaker and basically the Titan’s version of Jamaal Charles. However, the Chiefs need to start capping the number of field days they’ve been allowing opposing receivers to have on them. That means the Chiefs must shut Nate Washington down. With Kenny Britt out and Kendall Wright being a more natural slot receiver, taking away Washington would be a tremendous blow to the Tennessee passing game.
Over/Under on Justin Houston Sacks:
I’m setting the Over/Under on Justin Houston sacks at 1.5. What are you taking?
Okay, let’s hear you below, Addicts? What will you be watching for this Sunday?