Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Brown, Moise Fokou, Akeem Ayers
We knew the Titans linebackers were going to be challenged in this game as they had to deal with a mobile quarterback in Alex Smith and a superstar running back in Jamaal Charles.
Overall, they did a good job containing Smith. He got loose on a few plays, but he was mainly forced to beat the Titans with his arm.
However, the controversial unnecessary roughness penalty on Moise Fokou was an absolute shameful call for the officials to make. This was at a critical juncture in the game when the Titans defense was doing everything it could to hold the lead, and Fokou made a great play hitting Smith while he was still in bounds.
This defense led by Gregg Williams and Jerry Gray will continue to play with this fiery mentality, and hopefully it won't end up on the wrong end of another bad call like that one.
Charles was able to break a few tackles once he got to the second level on his way to a 100-plus-yard day.
It was a solid performance overall for this unit against a Chiefs offense that shouldn't be taken lightly by anyone as it remains undefeated and on a collision course with the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.