NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans recorded their second straight statement win on a short week, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Nashville 27-3. This matchup was decided in the first half, as Ryan Tannehill and the offense jumped out to a 27-0 lead. The Titans did not punt at all in the first two quarters, while Patrick Mahomes turned the ball over twice. The Chiefs recorded just 67 yards of total offense in the first half, and were buried before they even realized what was going on.
A storyline coming into this matchup was the Titans' depleted secondary. Their best cornerback Kristian Fulton is on IR, first-round pick Caleb Farley tore his ACL and then safety Amani Hooker and reserve cornerback Chris Jackson were inactive with injuries. While they were undermanned, they allowed just 41 passing yards in the first half. It was Kansas City's secondary that struggled mightily on Sunday, as it seemingly couldn't stop anything. Derrick Henry threw a touchdown on a trick play on the first drive of the game and A.J. Brown toasted the secondary all afternoon, finishing with a stat line of eight catches for 133 yards and one touchdown.
Mahomes was inaccurate all game long. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 206 yards, one interception and also lost a fumble. The former NFL MVP left the game early in the fourth quarter due to a head injury, but this was by far his worst performance of the season.
The resiliency of this Titans team has been on full display over the past two weeks. Despite the injuries and inconsistencies, the Titans have found a way to upset two of the best teams in the AFC. The Titans were considered to be a top contender in the conference entering the regular season, and they have now officially reentered the conversation.