After beating the Washington Football Team 31-13, the Chiefs again sit at .500 and have another big matchup this Sunday. The 4-2 Tennessee Titans are coming off an intense 34-31 victory against the Buffalo Bills that was won by a fourth down QB sneak failure from the Bills. Having another chance to prove themselves to the rest of the league, the Chiefs again face a potential AFC challenger who could be seen again in the playoffs. The game has some big steaks attached to it, as do a few of the players on the Chiefs, who could see their usage rise or fall based on their play against the Titans.
After five weeks of having three rookies on the field, Niang was replaced by veteran Mike Remmers in the week 6 matchup against the Washington Football Team. The offensive line has so far impressed this season with rookies Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith showing quick transitions into NFL play and veterans Orlando Brown and Joe Thuney, who is playing through a broken hand, providing great protection on the left side of the line.
The only question has been Niang, who graded at a 62.3 PFF score through five weeks. Remmer’s performance in week 6 wasn’t much better, grading in at a 64.1 PFF score this season, with the majority of his snaps coming against Washington. In his first start, Remmers also allowed a sack to Chase Young in the third quarter which eventually set the Chiefs up to punt on the drive. Assuming Remmers starts, he will be given another chance to reestablish himself at the right tackle position against the Titans.
The Titans defense has shown lackluster so far this season, allowing the sixth most yards per play at 6.1. While the defense as a whole has seen issues, their pass rush may give Remmers some trouble. Linebacker Harold Landry III has 6.5 sacks so far this season, tied-4th in the NFL. The Titans’ other edge rusher, big free agent signing Bud Dupree, is working his way back from a torn ACL, and hasn’t produced a sack yet. Either of these rushers could provide Remmers a challenge; one that could either solidify his starting role or continue uncertainty about the last man in the Chiefs, so far, impressive offensive line.