Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by TitanJeff, Oct 2, 2013.
RT Eric Fisher has been ruled out of the game with a concussion.
Hill and Lee are out for the Titans.
I am shocked at how absolutely confident in the Titans winning this weekend that this thread illustrates. I'm a Chief's fan and am a member of several Chief's chat-boards... believe me, I know what homers look like. Basically every single Titan fan response in this thread predicts a win. A couple of you have supplied a caveat or two, but for the most part, every single one of you think your Titans win this game. Surprising. Even the most ardent Chief fans I know openly admit that this is going to be a tough match-up - probably the toughest match-up for each team to date.
Before Locker went down I would have given the Chief's a 50/50 chance of winning as both of these teams are near mirror images of each other. With Fitzpatrick starting, I like the Chief's chances. Anything can happen and the Titans could still win - for sure, they're a tough team. That said, I subscribe to the theory that the best predictor (not a given) of a games outcome starts with who has the better QB. Anybody that openly says Fitzpatrick is better than Smith is related to Fitzpatrick.
The next thing to look at is the Defense. Both defenses are about as tough as they come, however, the Chiefs boast the #1 sacking team in the NFL, the #1 scoring defense in the NFL, the #1 rated defense in 3rd down percentage and have faced the following offensive weapons (not even going to mention the Jags for reason we all admit):
1) Michael Vick, Lesean McCoy, Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant
2) Tony Romo, Demarco Murray, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin
3) Eli Manning, Hakim Nicks, Victor Cruz
None of these teams are having good seasons (neither are the teams that the Broncos have played, yet they seem to get some respect - for good reason), but all of them boast more than capable if not potentially explosive offenses that were bested by this Chief's team.
On the flip-side, the Titans have played the Steelers (no running game and no WR's that scare anyone), the Texans (definately have the weapons), the Chargers (Phillip Rivers and Gates are bonefide superstars) and the Jets (please, a rookie QB and no offensive weapons worth mentioning). Other than a Texans team the Titans have played no power-packed offensive teams.
Bottom line, I think the stats and competition show the Chiefs to have the better defense between the two, though I admit it's as close as you can get at this point in the season.
I usually don't go much beyond the QB and Defense before I feel pretty good about the pick, but I'll continue a bit further here...
Running back - Charles and the Chiefs all the way. The Titans have the better O-line talent, but CJ hasn't looked the superstart part for a couple years now. I don't think he starts looking the part this weekend.
Coach: Munchak vs. the Mustache... gotta go with the experienced coach and coaching staff here.
Finally, turnover probability. The Titans have not had a single turnover all year. Do any of you truly believe that is a sustainable statistic? You know that every team - no matter how good - will turn the ball over from time to time. The Chiefs showed they could overcome two turnovers last week to win the game. When statistical probabilities begin to right themselves and the Titans begin to turn the ball over (hello Fitzpatrick) can they continue to win? When will the Titans commit their first turnover of the season? With four-games with no turnovers, I'd say statistics will start to even things out about any game now - likely this weekend against one of the most take-away minded defenses in the NFL with 13-take-aways and 2 defensive scores in the first four games (compared to 9 total take-aways and two scores for the Titans). The Chiefs are taking the ball away an average of one more time per game than the Titans.
All in all, this is the NFL and anything can happen. If the Titans win this Sunday I will not be shocked in any way. However, given the information available as of today - I like the Chief's chances in this game.
Wishing the Titans the best of luck (excpet maybe this weekend) and a quick recovery to Jake.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Chiefs' version of Gut.
TomahawkChop, that's one of our longstanding and respected members who tends to put up some massively long (thought very insightful) posts.
Obviously, the Chiefs can win Sunday. They're favored. Most of us are total homers because confidence is running high. We've seen this team do some things that hasn't happened in a long time. I'm sure many Chief fans feel the same way about their team.
It's going to be soggy Sunday. The team who takes care of the football best will probably win.
I hear ya, TitanJeff. Us Chief fans are feeling the same way. It's been far too long since we've been competitive. I'm loving that our two teams are becoming relevant again and do not believe it's a fluke in either case. Despite who wins and loses this week's game, the rest of the NFL will have to account for the Titans and Chiefs in 2013 (and hopefully beyond). Thanks for the compliment, by the way. My posts are normally quite short but knowing that there might be a faction here that automatically assigns me the label of "troll" I thought I'd give a bit more info.
I hope there is a good showing of Chiefs fans in Nashville, We always travel well which is awesome, I was there at Everbank week 1 against JAX and there were a ton of Chiefs fans in the stadium and hotel I stayed at. During the national anthem when they got to the part "and the home of the" you could hear all the Chief fans go CHIEFFFSSS!!!! lol
Good post Tomahawk...I am cautiously optimistic, which is like overly confident for most fans probably because I tend to be guarded and cynical. However, this game feels less of a win for me only because of Locker being out.
Watching the Chiefs in a couple games I felt like I was watching the Titans in many respects. I truly think this game is a toss up now. Going to be very wet and rainy. That may take the crowd down a notch which helps the Chiefs a bit.
I am expecting a close game that hinges on either a long field goal or special teams play....another one to drive me nuts.
The Chargers are better than the Chiefs? Ha no.
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