NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s halftime at LP Field, and the Chiefs lead the Titans 13 -0. Here are three quick observations.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
1. The Chiefs’ passing game wasn’t in rhythm early on, but quarterback Alex Smith came through with a few big throws in the half. In particular, his throws of 47 and 41 yards to Donnie Avery set up a pair of field goals that help the Chiefs take a 13-0 lead into the break. The Chiefs were also a bit more mistake-prone than in the past, as running back Jamaal Charles had a fumble and Smith had two potential interceptions dropped by Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner.
2. Chiefs nose guard Dontari Poe was practically unblockable in the first half. When Titans center Rob Turner didn’t have help, Poe ate him alive, racking up five first-half tackles and even assisting on the crucial fourth-and-goal stop at the Chiefs’ 1-yard line toward the end of the half.
3. Speaking of promising young players, the Chiefs also showed a ton of faith in rookie Marcus Cooper, who earned a lot of playing time at outside cornerback. In turn, Brandon Flowers shifted inside, swallowing up Dunta Robinson’s snaps.
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