Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reaction from the Tennessee Titans' 26-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at LP Field.

What it means: The Titans couldn’t complete a sweep of their three-game homestand. They fell behind 13-0 after a bad first half, rallied for a 17-13 lead, then gave up a fourth-quarter touchdown drive to lose it. Ryan Fitzpatrick was down, then up, then back down with a late interception that basically sealed it. At 3-2, the Titans are still in better shape than many expected after five games. But this is one game they could have had.

Stock watch: Chris Johnson just couldn’t get it going, again. Johnson appeared to have a favorable matchup against some smaller, but very athletic guys in a 3-4 front. He entered the game with a 3.3-yard rushing average. Against the Chiefs, that figure dropped as he had 10 carries for 17 yards. I didn’t understand why the Titans didn’t try to run it outside more. Johnson did take a little flip from Fitzpatrick that he ran for a 49-yard scoring pass.

Injury issues: Nickelback Coty Sensabaugh was knocked out with a concussion as Alterraun Verner shifted inside and Tommie Campbell took over Verner’s usual spot outside. Patrick Bailey, a linebacker who is a special teams captain, and rookie linebacker Zaviar Gooden, who was also playing on special teams, both left early with hamstring issues.

Waited too long: Against a good opponent like the Chiefs, the Titans are not good enough to get away with a scoreless and unproductive first half.

What’s next: The Titans take to the road and make the toughest trip in the NFL -- to Seattle. The Seattle Seahawks have already beaten the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars from the AFC South. The Colts beat Seattle in Indianapolis on Sunday.