Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, Titans Dominate Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs in AFC Clash

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVOctober 24, 2021

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) scores a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

Derrick Henry kept the momentum going for the Tennessee Titans in a 27-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tennessee dominated out of the gate on the way to a 27-0 halftime lead over the reigning AFC champions. The momentum never shifted back as the Titans pulled out the Week 7 win Sunday at Nissan Stadium, their third straight win to improve to 5-2.

Henry's five-game streak of 100-plus rushing yards ended, but he threw his first career passing touchdown to kick off the scoring for Tennessee.

Patrick Mahomes turned it over twice during a brutal game for the Chiefs star. The quarterback left the game with an apparent head injury in the fourth quarter with his team trailing by three scores.

The injury remains one to monitor going forward for Kansas City, which fell to 3-4.

Notable Performances

Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC: 20-of-35, 206 passing yards, 1 INT

Tyreek Hill, WR, KC: 6 catches, 49 receiving yards

Travis Kelce, TE, KC: 7 catches, 65 receiving yards

Derrick Henry, RB, TEN: 29 carries, 86 rushing yards, 1 passing TD

Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN: 21-of-27, 270 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD

A.J. Brown, WR, TEN: 8 catches, 133 receiving yards, 1 TD

Titans Offense Steals Show

NFL fans might have tuned in to this game to see the Chiefs offense, but the Titans turned heads with an impressive, balanced effort.

Henry kicked off the scoring with a rare passing touchdown:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

DERRICK HENRY THROWS A TD 🔥<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a>)<br> <a href="https://t.co/idS0GTc69Z">pic.twitter.com/idS0GTc69Z</a>

A.J. Brown added to the lead with a big-time catch in the end zone:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

A.J. Brown makes the TOUGH catch for the TD<br><br>Titans up 14-0 on KC <br>👀<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a>)<a href="https://t.co/ZSaswZnCbs">pic.twitter.com/ZSaswZnCbs</a>

Ryan Clark @Realrclark25

AJ Brown tracked that ball like Mike Trout. Great vision, with eyes up and the most subtle of push offs!

Brown had a slow start to the season but posted his best day of the year in Week 7 with 133 receiving yards, including 101 yards in the first half.

Computer Cowboy @benbbaldwin

AJ Brown being healthy changes everything about Tennessee's offense

Brown provided a huge boost to Ryan Tannehill, who also played as well as he has all year. The quarterback completed 77.8 percent of his passes while notching his third rushing score of the season:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Tannehill uses his legs for the TD and Tennessee is ALL OVER the Chiefs 🤯<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a>) <br> <a href="https://t.co/moFZ2DGSWr">pic.twitter.com/moFZ2DGSWr</a>

The Chiefs entered with the No. 28 defense in the NFL, and Titans stars came out to play.

Tennessee likely still wants more out of Julio Jones (two catches for 38 yards), and Tannehill's lone interception was ugly, but it's hard to complain after a one-sided victory.

Patrick Mahomes Hits New Low During Poor Game

Mahomes has struggled with turnovers this season, and he had a difficult time holding on to the ball Sunday:

Tennessee Titans @Titans

Strip sack for <a href="https://twitter.com/Bud_Dupree?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Bud_Dupree</a> 😈<br><br>📺: Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KCvsTEN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KCvsTEN</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLonCBS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLonCBS</a> <a href="https://t.co/x0Ye6bFfnw">pic.twitter.com/x0Ye6bFfnw</a>

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Pat Mahomes throws his NINTH interception of the season 😳<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a>)<a href="https://t.co/wcyfguujxU">pic.twitter.com/wcyfguujxU</a>

He turned it over on downs while taking a hard hit late in the game:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Pat Mahomes was helped off the field after taking a hit to the head in the 4th quarter. <a href="https://twitter.com/brgridiron?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@brgridiron</a><br><br>Hope he's OK 🙏 <a href="https://t.co/FxqNZo4CMQ">pic.twitter.com/FxqNZo4CMQ</a>

Chad Henne replaced Mahomes for the final drive.

Those watching along didn't hold back:

Maximiliano Bretos @MaxBretosSports

Chiefs paying Patrick Mahomes 40 million a year to lead the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFL</a> in turnovers?

StatMuse @statmuse

Patrick Mahomes has thrown an interception in 6 straight games, the longest streak of his career. <a href="https://t.co/nakqxtR7OS">pic.twitter.com/nakqxtR7OS</a>

Devon Clements @DevclemNFL

If this was any player besides Patrick Mahomes, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chiefs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Chiefs</a> would be coming out in the second half with a new quarterback under center. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChiefsKingdom?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChiefsKingdom</a>

Field Yates @FieldYates

The Chiefs trail 27-0 to the Titans. <br><br>That's the largest deficit they've ever faced with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.

Darius Butler @DariusJButler

Patrick Mahomes is so damn careless w/ the ball man. Another turnover today smh.

The Chiefs weren't any better in the second half despite moving the ball more consistently.

Long drives ended with a field goal, a missed field goal, a turnover on downs and finally a fumble as the team couldn't get into the end zone.

Miscues have been a major story for the Chiefs and a big part of why they have a losing record through seven games.

What's Next?

The Titans go on the road in Week 8 for an important divisional battle against the Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs will host the New York Giants on Monday Night Football


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.