What it means: The Titans started the Ken Whisenhunt era with a thorough victory that came out of a good plan and solid execution. The Chiefs lost a couple of key defenders along the way as Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito left with injuries. But the Chiefs were flat and were simply outplayed while the Titans did a lot of what they wanted to do. They are 1-0 with Houston in the AFC South.
Stock watch: Chance Warmack was called for two holds, Michael Oher for one, while Michael Roos had a false start and Taylor Lewan had a face mask penalty when he replaced Roos late. Andy Levitre struggled in the first half when a lot of the most damaging rushes came out of his area. The Titans need to be an offensive line-centered team. To do so, the group will need to be better than it was today.
Game ball: Cornerback Jason McCourty was a candidate with two interceptions for the Titans, but we have to go with quarterback Jake Locker. He was efficient and smart. He held the ball too long a few times while the pass protection wasn’t up to expectations, but he was in good command, made key throws, stayed safe on scrambles and didn’t make any major mistakes. If that’s a formula that can win at Arrowhead, it’s a formula the Titans can have success with on plenty of other Sundays. Locker finished 22-for-33 for 266 yards with two touchdowns, zero picks, four sacks and a passer rating of 111.4.
What’s next: The Titans open their home slate at LP Field with a visit from the Dallas Cowboys.