Titans need to limit Chiefs’ opportunities

(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A lot of times you can tell how good a team is by the numbers, but it’s not an exact science with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“That’s the one thing that if you look at their statistics, they don’t look very impressive,” said head coach Mike Mularkey. “They’re in the 20s in a lot of areas, and that gives you a false sense of them. They’re very disciplined; they don’t make a lot of mistakes.”

While Kansas City is ranked only 24th in offense and 27th on defense, the Chiefs are one of the best of the best teams in the league at taking advantage of opportunities.

The Chiefs are ranked fifth in the league with 14 interceptions, and when they get their hands on the football are tied for the league lead in defensive touchdowns with five.

“Our goals and objectives each week don’t change,” said quarterback Marcus Mariota. “It’s gonna be important to take care of the football and, you know, identify and communicate, so if we continue to do those things hopefully we’ll be successful on Sunday.”

Special teams has also been a big help to Kansas City leading the league in the return game. In five of their 10 wins this season, the Chiefs have a touchdown on either special teams or defense, making Titans mistakes all that more important.

“They’re a team that’s capitalizing in all areas of the the game… special teams touchdowns, defensive touchdowns… so we definitely want to minimize mistakes,” said Jason McCourty.

The Titans visit Kansas City Sunday with the kickoff set for noon.