It as little as other coaches have in the past you may emphasize that part of the game Tennessee Titans vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL wild card playoffs. A little bit more now here’s the first carry for DeMarco Murray give him ten yards there. By the nose of the football he’s gonna have a first down that old line. They cleared a big hole there on that run yeah – ISM of offensive lines continues to evolve. We’re seeing it here not only the controlling things right the line of scrimmage. But they’re easily get up field to get to what we call the second and the third levels. The linebacker spot the secondary spot getting all the way down field with their blocking which helps keep the running back clean.
They’ll try to continue that trend here this afternoon. They go back to Murray on first down they’ll be taken down. But not before he gets into enemy territory. That’s a first down pickup for Tennessee on a gain of ten. How many times do we say in this game as speed kills. It does it in so many different ways in this case. You got a back who’s quick and shifty can make moves make people miss. And through a hole before it can close down. That’s some of the benefit to that speed not just outrunning people in the secondary that led to a really nice game. They’ll run it left side with Murray trying to bounce it outside. But he’s only able to get it back to the line of scrimmage gain on the play.
It’ll be second down and this whole line it is the lifeblood of the offense this. That was the tone me nasty physical they can’t wait to get out for people that allows the rest of the offense to feel confident. They’ll try to throw down Mariota. They had some room to work. He is out of bounds inside the 30 17 yards on that play for the Titans. Now running out of the gun daddy’s gonna find his way forward. Here for a modest game it’s a six yard pickup. But it gets him to 2nd and for this drive is pretty clear almost feels like old school fundamentals. it doesn’t want to post it will on the defenses at five straight runs. Now five straight carries has turned this Drive.
The way it’s working, they made you stick with it second down Mariota inside the five it all the way down inside the five to the for 19 yards on the pickup there. They’ll have it first and gold now that was pretty. they executed that curl route versus zone coverage and that changes things a little bit. Because it gets man it’s often a slight curl tight the sharply run route again zone .you’re just looking for that open spot that dead area. So you make curl it a little bit wider just to get to that place and usually a tight window. He fired a bullet in there for the completion. We’ll try run for it with hand rain. So the full three yards and now it’s sagging down valuation process in today’s NFL does not take into account. As much as bulk as it does speed and that’s what we’re seeing with the linebacker position. Those guys that can run they can play at any spot. Because they can make plays on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage and second down it’s caught He’s able to get it down to the two yard line but catch good for six yards. But now it’s third and goal and just a small glimpse there as to why they like this rookie so much and that’s what it lit up .
Walker’s Titans going up against Travis Kelsey’s Chiefs for the game Titans vs Chiefs and as always it is a frenzied atmosphere inside Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. A few short moments ago these two teams made their way out of the Arrowhead Stadium tunnels. The noise level in this place was just about off the charts. They’re set for football as the Chiefs get set to do battle with Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. We saw Larry focus on the tight end matchup in his hope and he think it’s one to watch don’t you definitely one to watch. Because these guys can create such big plays by all the different things they can do lineup out wide in the slot lineup.
At a normal tight end position and then where you gonna come home with this is it a linebacker a defensive back. They create miss matches all throughout the game now Ryan suck-up the former Chiefs kicker is ready to go. We are too from Arrowhead this field it at the tomb and take this one near the 25 call it the 26 yard line. So here are the Chiefs now coming out for their opening drive. They’ll be led out by the number-one- ranked 805 out of the university of utah it’s alex smith.
One of the things that attracted people out smith initially was his mobility and that’s never changed. That guys are great athlete. But he’s so sharp with the football. So accurate and takes care of it. So well he rarely puts his team in bad situations. He will not only not get the yard he needed. He goes the wrong direction. It’s a loss of – they’re bringing up second down that play got shut down in a hurry. As soon as the snap came you can see defensively they were just closing and that was going nowhere. You count on your offensive line to give you a little bit of space. A little bit of time so you can make a move there is none there for him. It’s already second and twelve the defense hoping to push him back more. They go play-action to hunt. Now Smith and the Titan defense steps up here and down he goes Derek Morgan from that outside linebacker spot. He’s able to get in there for a loss of nine. A lot of people think that the offense is just moving in the wrong direction.
They’re moving in the right direction because the defense is pushing them back over a defensive guy. Now it’s a quarterback third and long you really got to rally the troops. So the sack of Smith and now the Chiefs coming up facing third and long Smith that’s incomplete. But there is a flag down so hang on a big call coming on third down and they declined it as that will bring up four. That yardage and field position are keys to any game played. But have to consider downs when you’re talking about penalties and they wisely did not take that one and made it fourth down. On fourth down on its Dustin Colquitt to kick this away. The quick feet by Jackson that’s going to go in the books as a 55-yard pawn. And possession will switch hands first in ten. So out comes its offense to take over for the first time. They’ll be let out by their quarterback out of Oregon its Marcus Mariota Marcus Mariota skill set can help continue to evolve the position of quarterback in the NFL.
The wild card game of the Chiefs vs Titans now the edge is where we take a look at both teams stats from nfl.com, espn.com and pro Football Focus.com. Compare the two team and see who has the edge based on those stats. I will also be including some coaches film and a small analysis of each player. So we can basically see what to expect in the upcoming game. The Tennessee Titans have an offense Renk to 19th in the league in terms of points. Their defense is ranked 17th also in terms of points as well as the Kansas City Chiefs. They have the sixth ranked offense and the 15th ranked defense.
The Tennessee passing offense versus the Kansas City passing defense. The Titans rushing offense versus the Chiefs rushing defense. The Titans are three and five on the road they beat the Jags. They lost to the Texans, then to the Dolphins, they beat the Browns, lost to the Steelers, beat the Colts, lost to the Cardinals and then they lost to the 49ers. The Titans definitely do not look impressive the road. But the Chiefs they are six and two at home which is very good they beat the Eagles, then they beat the Redskins, they lost to the Steelers they beat the Broncos, lost to the bills, they beat the Raiders, beat the chargers and then they went ahead and beat the Dolphins.
The Chiefs it is being played in Arrowhead Stadium which is one of the toughest places to play. So the Chiefs jump out to an early lead. The nitty-gritty starting with the Titans passing offense. They are averaging 199 point four yards per game which is 23rd in the league. Their average pass blocking grade according to PFF is 78 point 52 which is actually very good. Their quarterback is Marcus Mariota out of Oregon 200 281 completions out of 453. Attempts 3232 yards with 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
A lot of people think he is playing hurt. Because he has not had the best year. But they’re leading receivers in terms of yards are Delanie Walker the tight end out of Central Missouri 74 catches eight hundred and seven yards and three touchdowns. Following that up we got rishard Matthews the wide receiver out of Nevada 53 catches 795 yards and four touchdowns. Finally we have Eric Decker the wide receiver out of Minnesota 54 catches 563 yards and 1 touchdown. So aside from their pass blocking on the offensive line nothing really jumps out here. In the passing offense for the Titans and they are gonna be going up against the Chiefs passing defense. They are surrendering an average of 247 yards per game which is 29th in the league. Their average secondary coverage rate according to PFF is 56 point zero four and their average pass rush grade is 61 point 11. Their coverage definitely leaves a lot to be desired. Their pass rush isn’t bad but it’s not the best they have allowed a total of 23 touchdowns which is tied for 15th in the league. They have a total of 31 sacks which is tied for 24th just in Houston.
The Chiefs offense are averaging about 25.9 points per game which is sixth in the league and 375 point four yards per game. The Titans allowing an average of 22 point 2 points per game which is 17th in the league and 328 yards per game. The Chiefs having so many weapons if they were just a run first team. Because the Titans have a great run defense and as we have seen from the Chiefs. we have Travis Kelce and Tyreke Hill those are both very dangerous weapons. So I do expect Alex Smith to take advantage of the weak Titans secondary. But that being said guys as you can see it is four to three in favor of the Titans. So that means my ultimate edge goes to the Tennessee Titans keep in mind guys this is not a prediction.