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It’s been a little more than eight years since the Chiefs last beat the Titans in Nashville, and Tennessee has won the last three regular-season meetings.
On Oct. 6, 2013, Jamaal Charles ran for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs won 26-17.
Can the Chiefs, 3-3, beat the Titans, 4-2, at Nissan Stadium on Sunday? Here is what 69 NFL media members are saying about the game, which kicks off at noon and will be broadcast on KCTV (Ch. 5).
A 34-27 Chiefs victory is the prediction from Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. This is a snippet of what he wrote: “I am encouraged by how the Chiefs’ offensive line is improving in short-yardage situations and that Patrick Mahomes finally came out hunting big plays last week. A short-handed Titans secondary should be no match, and I’m still trusting a great passing game over a great running game when both defenses have little going for them.”
The Chiefs will win the game, say seven of eight CBS Sports writers: Pete Prisco, Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg, John Breech, Ryan Wilson, Will Brinson and Jared Dubin. The lone pick for the Titans: Jason La Canfora. Prisco sees a 37-31 score. This is part of what he wrote: “With all the injuries in the secondary for the Titans, Mahomes should have a big game. The Chiefs defense was better last week, but that’s not saying a lot. Look for a lot of points in this game. But the Chiefs will find a way.”
The Chiefs were the pick from half of the eight Athletic writers: Chris Burke, Tashan Reed, Michael-Shawn Dugar and Katherine Terrell. Picking Tennessee: Jay Morrison, Mark Kaboly, Ben Standig and Nick Kosmider. This is part of what Zachary Pekale wrote about the Chiefs: “(T)he turnover problems continued as Washington intercepted twice, and Mecole Hardman lost a fumble. Kansas City is up to 14 giveaways in just the last five weeks. The Chiefs get two more chances, including this week at Tennessee, to fix the turnover issues before going up against several formidable defenses in the second half.”
A 31-30 Chiefs win is the call from Yardbarker’s Chris Mueller. This is part of his story: “The aforementioned (Chiefs) defense was good against Taylor Heinicke, but stopping Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill is an altogether different task. Titans fans got to see a thriller Monday night, and Tennessee’s win helped wash off the lingering stink from a Week 4 loss to the Jets. Henry is a wrecking ball right now, on pace for a repeat of 2020’s 2,000-yard campaign, and is showing no signs of slowing down.”
The Chiefs will win, say both Pro Football Talk writers. Mike Florio sees a 31-21 final score. He wrote: “The Chiefs have to show that they can beat a good team. The Titans are sufficiently inconsistent to follow a win over the Bills by stumbling against the Chiefs.” Michael David Smith sees a 28-27 final. He wrote: “The Titans made a statement on Monday night by beating one of the AFC co-favorites (Bills). Can they beat the other one on Sunday? I think they’ll come up short as Patrick Mahomes has a big game.”
A 34-29 Chiefs victory is the call from Bill Bender of the Sporting News. Here is an excerpt from his story: “Both teams allow too much in the passing game, so Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Tannehill should put up big numbers.”
Seven of 11 pundits at ESPN believe the Chiefs will win: Emmanuel Acho, Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Jeremy Fowler, Domonique Foxworth, Laura Rutledge and Damien Woody. Going with Tennessee are Dan Graziano, Rob Ninkovich, Kevin Seifert and Seth Wickersham.
Four of the seven writers at USA Today picked the Chiefs: Nate Davis (36-33 final score), Mike Freeman (32-27), Mike Jones (33-29) and Lorenzo Reyes (33-31). Going with the Titans are Jarrett Bell (27-24), Jori Epstein (33-30) and Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz (33-31).
Two of three Inside the NFL co-hosts picked the Titans: Phil Simms and Julian Edleman. The lone choice for the Chiefs: Brandon Marshall.
— Inside the NFL (@insidetheNFL) October 20, 2021
A Chiefs win is the prediction from four of Audacy’s five writers: John Healy, Jordan Cohn, Jesse Pantuosco and Tim Kelly. The lone pick for Tennessee: Dan Mennella.
The Chiefs will win a shootout, say three of four writers for The Star: Sam McDowell, Blair Kerkhoff and Sam Mellinger. PIcking the Titans: Herbie Teope.
Each of the four Sports Illustrated writers went with the Chiefs: Gary Grammling, Jenny Vrentas Mitch Goldich and Conor Orr.
A Chiefs victory is the pick from three of four Athlon Sports writers: Bryan Fischer, Ben Weinrib and Aaron Wilson. Picking the Titans is Rob Doster.
Seven of the 10 members of the Dallas Morning-News see the Chiefs winning: Tim Cowlishaw, Newy Scruggs, David Moore, Craig Miller, Jean-Jacques Taylor, Michael Gehlken and Damon Marx. Picking the Titans: Dana Larson, Calvin Watkins and Kevin Sherrington.