The Kansas City Chiefs have weathered the storm without their MVP quarterback and expect to have Patrick Mahomes back Sunday when they visit the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have won the past two meetings with the Chiefs and are 6-1 all-time against Kansas City coach Andy Reid.
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The Chiefs survived two weeks without their star quarterback, bouncing back from a tough 31-24 loss to Green Bay two weeks ago to claim a thrilling 26-23 victory over Minnesota in Week 9. Before the Week 7 game at Denver in which he dislocated his kneecap, Mahomes was averaging 350.7 passing yards and appeared poised for another big game before the injury knocked him out in the first half against the Broncos. "They've got a lot, a lot of weapons," Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees told reporters. "And they are a very fast football team. But it's fun getting ready to play them." Tennessee's defense has been its strength for much of the season, but veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill has revived the offense in three games since taking over as the starter.
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (6-3): If there's a silver lining to Mahomes' two-game absence, it's that the Chiefs were able to get running back Damien Williams more involved in the offense. Williams rushed for a career-high 125 yards last week, including a 91-yard touchdown run, and Tyreek Hill had six catches for a season-high 140 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City's defense was gashed on the ground early in the season, but the Chiefs held Minnesota's powerful ground game to less than 100 yards last week.
ABOUT THE TITANS (4-5): After leading the Titans to wins in his first two starts, Tannehill passed for 331 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 30-20 loss at Carolina last week. Tennessee's 431 total yards last week were a season-high, but three turnovers derailed their bid for a third straight win. The Titans' defense has been solid but is dependent on takeaways - they have forced 14 turnovers and have at least one takeaway in six straight games.
1. Chiefs K Harrison Butker leads the NFL with 84 points.
2. Hill is one of six players in NFL history with at least 20 plays of 40 or more yards in his first four seasons.
3. Titans WR A.J. Brown is the only rookie in the league with 80 or more receiving yards in three games this season.
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- AnkleQues Week 12 | questionable
Walker missed his third consecutive game due to an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will face the Jaguars in Week 12.
- ShoulderQues Week 12 | questionable
Casey has been absent from the lineup during the past two games due to a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will line up Week 12 versus the Jaguars.
- GroinQues Week 12 | questionable
Brown sat out the previous game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Jaguars during Week 12.
- HipQues Week 12 | questionable
Davis was held out of the last game due to a hip injury, and it is undetermined if he will play Week 12 versus the Jaguars.
- WristI-R | I-R
Butler has wound up on injured reserve due to a broken left wrist.
- ConcussionProb Sun | probable
Jones was held out of the previous game with a concussion, but he is likely to pass protocol in time for Sunday's clash versus the Chiefs.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Simmons is managing a hamstring injury, but he will likely be a participant in Sunday's contest with the Chiefs.
- ShoulderQues Sun | questionable
Landry is nursing a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will partake in Sunday's clash with the Chiefs.
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- KneeQues Mon | questionable
Schwartz has a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play Monday against the Chargers.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Rankin has wound up on injured reserve with a knee injury.
- AnkleQues Mon | questionable
Okafor has been held out of the previous two games with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up against the Chargers on Monday.
- AnkleProb Mon | probable
Duvernay-Tardif has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to an ankle injury, but he is expected to be active Monday versus the Chargers.
- Pectoralout for season | out
Ogbah sustained a torn right pectoral muscle and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- HerniaProb Mon | probable
Fisher has been out of commission due to sports hernia surgery. It is anticipated that he will return against the Chargers on Monday.
- AnkleQues Mon | questionable
Bell is tending to an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Chargers on Monday.
- ThumbProb Mon | probable
Fuller has sat out the past four games due to a small fracture in his thumb, but he is projected to return to action Monday against the Chargers.
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