I'll merge this with the game thread but found it interesting how much these two teams are similar and how both are playing like those Titans teams when "Fisherball" was at its prime. The term "Fisherball" was a stigma around here for a long time. Even while the Titans were putting up 13-3 seasons, many fans were critical of how the team rarely went for the throat—relying on a late score to put the game away or going into a total prevent defensively and allowing a 17-point lead be whittled down to a 3-point win. On the most part, it was boring football. Many of us in the stands could call the plays. And when the Titans found themselves down a couple of touchdowns, they rarely had the ability to come from behind. This season, the Titans are currently 3-1 because they are playing "Fisherball". The 4-0 team they are playing also has seen success for the same reasons. (Note how Chiefs coach Andy Reid's career almost mirrors Fisher's) Here's the formula for those unfamiliar and how the two teams reflect that style of football: OFFENSE The goal is to run well, limit risks in the passing game, take care of the football and grind out long drives by stringing together first downs. The goal isn't necessarily to score quickly so the defense can rest. Avoiding penalties is also key. Both teams are run-first teams. Jamaal Charles has 289 yards and a 4.1 ypc average. Chris Johnson has 277 yards but only a 3.3 ypc average. Obviously, the Titans need to be more efficient running the football but, even with the low average per carry, Johnson has succeeded in taking care of the football and eating clock. Jake Locker and Alex Smith have both taken the opportunity to pull down the football and run. Smith has a 5 ypc avg to Locker's 6.5. Both teams have been conservative passing the football as both average roughly 10.5 ypc. This directly impacts the low interception numbers both teams have as well. Smith goes to Charles often. Locker had been using Kendall Wright in a similar fashion—low risk passes with the hope with big gains after the catch. The Chiefs have averaged 33:42 in time of possession per game which ranks them third in the NFL. The Titans are 9th with a 31:53 average. They both achieve this despite a very low yards per play average with the Chiefs at 5.1 and the Titans 4.8. That equates to some long drives. Both the Titans and Chiefs could improve in the area of penalties as they both average around 7.5 per game. DEFENSE It's all about QB pressure, not giving up the big play, being stout in the red zone, open-field tackling, minimal penalties and getting turnovers. Both teams are +9 in turnover ratio which has gone a long way towards the success of both teams. The Chiefs already have 18 sacks this season to the Titans' 14. Both teams have 5 interceptions. The Chiefs hold the edge on forcing fumbles 4-2. The Chiefs only allow teams to score a touchdown 25% of the time an opponent reaches the red zone. That leads the league. The Titans allow 77.78% which is close to last and must improve. SPECIAL TEAMS Field position is always a key component in this style of football. The Titans have had issues here with poor judgement by Darius Reynaud or penalties putting the offense deep into their own end. The Chiefs average 35 yard per kickoff return due, in part, to a 57-yarder. Dexter McCluster leads the league in punt return average at 15.4 after a 89-yard TD last week. Both Ryan Succop (75%) and Rob Bironas (77.5%) have had their accuracy issues so far this year. For a punter, net yards is key and Brett Kern is 4th in the NFL in this category. So far, Dustin Colquitt is near the bottom.