Kansas City Chiefs: Time to Move on To The Tennessee Titans

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 21, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 19: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs looses his helmet while rushing against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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A win, of course.  As we all know, however, "any given Sunday."  Two months ago I thought this was going to be the biggest challenge at home for the Chiefs.

Times change quickly in the NFL.  The Titans imploded like no other team short of what the Giants did on Sunday afternoon. Much like the Texans.

To me, the Houston Texans are one of the true mysteries of the 2010 football season.  There does not appear to be any reason for their all-out collapse.

The Titans, on the other hand, had some visible reasons for their downfall. 

Start with Vince Young and the controversy that surrounded him.  Additionally, there have been complaints from many teams about the "style" of play of some the Titans players.

I guess you could say that came to a head in the first game against Texas, when Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan squared off for the rumble in the great state of Texas.

To say the loss of Vince Young slowed down the offense is an understatement.  Though Kerry Collins, at age 74, has played well at times, he certainly cannot do the things that Young could do.  Even though their stats are not much different at this point, clearly, defenses had to account for things that Young could do that Collins cannot.

All kidding aside, Kerry Collins is a true professional quarterback in every sense of the word.  He is a little like lightning—he shouldn't be feared, but definitely respected.

Then there is the ever-so-strange addition of Randy Moss.  He's played in three games. He has five receptions for 62 yards and no touchdowns.  Something tells me Randy is not a happy camper.

Then there is Chris Johnson.  Though not having the all-world season of last year, he is still one of the very best and certainly the person the Chiefs will spend a lot of time focusing on.  He is fourth in the league in rushing, one behind Jamaal Charles.

Both Collins and Johnson were efficient against the Texans.  It was the best game they've had in quite some time.  They lost six straight going into that game.

Randy Moss cannot be forgotten about in this game.  He is still one of the most dangerous wide receivers in football, if he so desires, which apparently he hasn't since he got to Tennessee.

It would behoove the Chiefs to stop their slow starts.  I believe they are well-balanced enough to contain Johnson and pressure Collins enough to prevent them from scoring as they did last week.

The Titans are a fairly well-balanced team on both sides of the ball.  One thing they do not do well is hold onto the ball.  They have fumbled 20 times and thrown 10 interceptions, though, to be fair, a number of those came from Rusty Smith and Vince Young.

Conversely, the Chiefs are one of the top teams in the NFL at not giving away the football.

I also expect to see the Chiefs start turning Jamaal Charles loose more.  They've protected his body for long enough.  As fans, we scream at all the times when he's not carrying the ball, but we should appreciate whatever the staff is doing when the team is rushing at close to a 170 yards per game.

Matt Cassel, the clear leader of this team, should be in better shape this week.  He should be able to find Bowe and I expect the Chiefs to be able to score.

That, combined with what I would expect and hope to be a crazed Arrowhead Stadium, should give the Chiefs a decided edge in this game.