Don't Kill The Mellinger

Chiefs 26, Titans 17: Insta-reaction!

Updated: 2013-10-07T16:06:57Z

By SAM MELLINGER

The Kansas City Star

- I guess we all have to acknowledge this, but the Chiefs threw downfield more than they have in any game this year. That’s a good thing.

- The Titans aren’t a great offensive team, and Ryan Fitzpatrick SUCKS — how bad were the Chiefs last year to turn him into Dan Marino? — but give the Chiefs credit for holding strong on four straight snaps at the 1.

- The game momentarily got away from the Chiefs when they couldn’t keep Fitzpatrick in the pocket, which is just a really strange thing to type.

- Basically, the Chiefs had the game won at halftime, screwed it up in the third and then won it again in the fourth. It’s like they went 2-1 on the day.

- On Chris Johnson’s 49-yard catch-and-run, he was actually in protection on the play. He went to the ground trying to block Derrick Johnson, and DJ sort of left him when Fitz started to scramble. Chris Johnson got up, took a short pitch from Fitzpatrick, and ran all over the field and eventually into the end zone^.

^ UPDATE: Here’s Derrick Johnson’s view of the play: “That’s my fault. A player like myself, you get nosey. Chris Johnson was just trying to block me. He wasn’t going out for a route. I just stayed on him a little bit, Fitzpatrick started running around and” -- here, DJ makes a frustrated sound, like, AAARRRGH -- “I just kind of left him and they made a good play. In that situation, I know next time, just stay with your guy until he crosses that line (of scrimmage).”

- Another game, another mismatch for Dontari Poe. This one was against Titans center Rob Turner, who deservedly had a lot of help on nearly every snap.

- Another game, another reminder that Jamaal Charles is right — he doesn’t get enough credit for his toughness. You don’t see the first guy drag him down too often, and the play where he fumbled, well, you wouldn’t be the only one to see that and think his knee was blown again.

- Chiefs caught some breaks in this one, and not just with Jake Locker’s injury. The touchdown in the first quarter, obviously, was a gift of fortune when the punt bounced off a Titans blocker and Marcus Cooper recovered in the end zone. Also, Alterraun Verner dropped two interceptions, including one he might’ve returned for a touchdown.

- They also caught a break on that late hit called on Alex Smith in the fourth quarter. I guess this is how the NFL wants it, but Smith’s last step before the hit was in bounds. Big play.

- For whatever reason, I don’t think the best replay on the Eric Berry holding call was shown on TV. They showed it in the stadium, and it was the right call.

- I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dustin Colquitt shank a punt like that, and I’m not sure I ever will again.

- Alex Smith really, really struggled. His worst game of the season, by far.

- I’ll need to watch it again, but didn’t seem like Derrick Johnson made as many plays as we’ve become used to seeing him make.

- But, once again, the defense made the plays it needed. Marcus Cooper made the play of the game with that interception, just overpowering Nate Washington.

- I don’t know how far you can get in today’s NFL like this, but I guess you can get to at least 5-0.

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