Red Zone

Halftime observations: Titans 10, Chiefs 3

It’s halftime at Arrowhead, and the Chiefs trail the Titans 10-3. Here are some quick observations.

*The Chiefs have used a lot of quick passes and screens, but they’ve only gotten the ball to tight end Travis Kelce once, and Jamaal Charles only has seven touches.

Look, points were always going to be a bit tough to come by this week without Dwayne Bowe, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid is capable of putting his players in better positions to succeed than he has in the first half.

*The offensive line hasn’t been killing the Chiefs today — Alex Smith has been getting a lot of time back there to throw — but it looks like guys just aren't getting open. Smith has tried to be patient, but has had to scramble several times because it appears his first few reads aren't open. That's a bad sign going forward in the second half.

*The Chiefs have been using defensive end Mike DeVito and linebacker James-Michael Johnson in their nickel packages, which is a change from last year, when DeVito sat in passing situations and they used a safety — typically Eric Berry — in the box as a linebacker. So for those of you who wanted to see Berry play deep more, you've got your wish.

*Defense has been solid. No real complaints there, though I have a hunch the Titans are going to keep attacking cornerback Ron Parker with Justin Hunter. Parker has stood up to the challenge thus far, for the most part. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt could continue to challenge him.

*Not a great start for rookie kicker Cairo Santos. He made his first field goal, a 35-yarder, but he got lucky because it bounced off the right upright and went through. He wasn’t so lucky on his second attempt, a 48-yarder, which bounced off the left upright and landed to the left of the posts.

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