Patrick Mahomes’ status continues to be the primary talking point for the Kansas City Chiefs, who may be without the reigning MVP for a third-straight game Sunday when they face the Tennessee Titans.
When: Sunday, Nov. 10
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
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Mahomes has missed the last two games after suffering a dislocated right kneecap in Kansas City’s 30-6 win at Denver in Week 7. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has yet to commit to restoring Mahomes under center, only noting his starting quarterback has improved each week in terms of mobility and saying it will be up to the team’s medical staff to clear him before making a potential switch.
Matt Moore has played well at points in helping the AFC West-leading Chiefs (6-3) split the two games he has started and threw for 275 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday’s 26-23 win over Minnesota.
Moore showed plenty of mettle in rallying the Chiefs to field goals on their final two drives, hooking up with Tyreek Hill for critical third-down conversions on two occasions. Harrison Butker tied the game with a 54-yard field goal with 2:30 to play and won it with a 44-yarder as time expired.
One area where the Chiefs have surprisingly not fallen off offensively is getting big plays through the air. Moore has seven completions of 25 or more yards in his two starts, which is nearly in line with Mahomes’ rate as he had 23 such plays in his first six games.
Moore has benefitted from Hill returning to the lineup after missing four games with a shoulder injury, and the speedy wide receiver is coming off his best game of the season after totaling six catches for 140 yards. The running game also made a vital contribution vs. Vikings as Damien Williams tore through a hole and raced 91 yards for a third quarter touchdown run. Williams finished with 125 yards on 12 carries after totaling 100 on his previous 48.
The Titans (4-5) continue to enjoy an offensive revival sparked by the switch to Ryan Tannehill as starting quarterback, but a pair of interceptions contributed to their 30-20 loss at Carolina last Sunday, preventing a third straight victory.
Tannehill threw for 331 yards and a touchdown, and Tennessee has averaged 23.3 points and 360 yards in three games since he has been under center. The Titans had three turnovers overall and failed to help themselves as Ryan Succop — making his season debut after offseason knee surgery — missed all three field goals he attempted, including two inside of 45 yards.
Tannehill has thrown for 847 yards and six TD passes since replacing Marcus Mariota, as Tennessee tries to keep division-leading Houston in sight in the AFC South. The Titans are two games back of the Texans, who they face twice in the final three weeks.
Defensively, Tennessee must adjust to the absence of starting cornerback Malcolm Butler, who was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury. Butler was second on the team with nine pass breakups and third with two interceptions.
The Titans have won the last three games between the teams, including a 22-21 victory in the 2018 wild-card round in the most recent matchup. Mariota rallied Tennessee from a 21-3 halftime deficit, catching a deflected pass and running it in for a touchdown to spark the rally he capped with a 22-yard TD toss to Eric Decker with 6:06 to play.