Tennessee vs. Kansas City: Week 1 Game Preview

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Tennessee vs. Kansas City: Week 1 Game Preview
Wade Payne/Associated Press

Well, after an up and down preseason, the Tennessee Titans are ready for their first game.

Two seasons ago the Kansas City Chiefs were one of the NFL's worst units, winning only two games and earning the first overall pick in the draft.

Under new quarterback Alex Smith and new head coach Andy Reid, the team bounced back in 2013, winning 11 games and making the playoffs. Entering last season, the Chiefs already had an aggressive pass rush, a dangerous running game led by Jamaal Charles.  But getting decent play from the quarterback position along with the experience of a head coach with a track record of regular-season success resulted in K.C.'s remarkable turnaround.

2014 is a new year, though, and every season, about half the teams that made the playoffs one year fail to do so the following season. The Chiefs have lost a lot of valuable players, including cornerback Brandon Flowers, and had a somewhat questionable draft.

The 2013 Titans were a mixed bag. While the defense became a top-10 unit, the offense sputtered once Jake Locker was no longer at the helm. Despite a 3-1 start, the Titans fell to 7-9 and head coach Mike Munchak was fired.

The Chiefs and Titans actually met in Week 5, where an injured Locker watched the Titans lose 26-17.

This season, the Titans will be hoping a healthy Locker will reverse their fortunes.

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