More thoughts on Titans-Chiefs

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The biggest surprise Sunday had to be LenDale White running for 80 yards. As he was chugging downfield I kept waiting for one of the Chiefs to catch him. Good thing he didn’t have to run further, I’m not sure if he had any gas left in the tank at the end.
I wasn’t surprised to see Kyle Vanden Bosch try to play. It was disappointing he could only go for four snaps, which means it could take a while for his groin to heal. That’s one of those injuries, like a high ankle sprain, that can linger for weeks or even the rest of the season.
Jason Jones did a pretty decent job in Tony Brown’s place, as did Dave Ball, who replaced KVB. Add in the contributions of Jacob Ford and Kevin Vickerson and you get a lot of depth on the d-line, something the Titans lacked a year ago. Sunday’s game reminded me of how those guys filled in against the Ratbirds and played equally well.
The defense held the Chiefs to only 58 yards rushing, with a stingy 3.4 ypc average. The Chiefs had 49 yards rushing on three plays but just nine yards on their other 14 attempts.
The Chiefs were unable to get the ball into the end zone until the Titans took their starters out.
Maybe it was only the Chiefs, but it was a stellar defensive effort nonetheless.
The o-line paved the way for 332 yards rushing, even though the Chiefs loaded up against the run with eight and sometimes nine players. The line also did a good job protecting Kerry Collins, who wasn’t sacked and was hit only twice.
Tennessee didn’t miss their starting receivers, Justin and Justin. It didn’t matter that Brandon Jones and Lavelle Hawkins were non-factors.
Did any of you have LenDale White on your fantasy team? Good move. How well did that pay off for you?
Tony Gonzalez is a delight to watch, even when he’s making great catches against the Titans (as long as the Titans win.) Gonzalez, the MLB Thomas and the punter Colquitt were the only ones in red jerseys who had a good game.
I have a lot of respect for Chiefs coach Herm Edwards but I don’t understand why he went for a field goal instead of a touchdown when the score was 34-0. The Kansas City fans didn’t understand it either. What kind of message does that send to the team? What was the message to the fans?
In his recap yesterday, Drexel awarded game balls to White, Albert Haynesworth, Keith Bulluck and Rob Bironas. It’s hard to disagree with those picks and I certainly don’t. I believe though, that I’ll make my selections for the offensive line, the defensive line and Bironas.

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5 Responses to “More thoughts on Titans-Chiefs”

  1. Kevin G Says:

    I gotta give some love to lendale, I never thought I would see him snap off a run like that, great game overall, this also showed the dicipline of fishers team, this was a game that they could have very easily overlooked considering next weeks game. props to all involved, and lets show the nation who we are next monday!

  2. Kevin G Says:

    I gotta give some love to lendale, I never thought I would see him snap off a run like that, great game overall, this also showed the dicipline of fishers team, this was a game that they could have very easily overlooked considering next weeks game. props to all involved, and lets show the nation who we are next monday!

  3. Kevin G Says:

    sorry abt. double post, didn’t think it went through the first time

  4. Scott Says:

    Unlike you Andrew, I have very little respect for Herm Edwards as a head coach. He was awful in New York and he has been an absolute disaster in Kansas City.
    That’s why I am finding it difficult to get too excited about the win over the Chiefs. The fact that the Titans were able to put up so many rushing yards and that Lendale got his long run in were positive achievements. But given that it was against a very weak Chiefs defence, my enthusiasm is tempered. I am thrilled by the 6 and 0 start, but everything comes down to next Monday night. That is the game that will be the true measuring stick for the Titans.

  5. i.jason Says:

    I’ll tell you why he went for the figgie. It’s depressingly simple, actually. He didn’t think the team would get another chance to score, and he didn’t want to be the coach who got the Chiefs shut out at home for the first time in a long time. Especially since he was the coach that got them shut out on the road last week.
    I’m a big subscriber to the TMQ (See ESPN’s Page 2) theory that coaches who order figgies when the score is lopsided against them are unprofessinally trying to protect their resume. At the end of the year review, he doesn’t have to defend back-to-back shutouts, he just has to say “hey, I took a team of young kids and scored 10 points against the only undefeated team in the NFL.”

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