It wasn't pretty, it wasn't flashy, but the slumping Kansas City Chiefs managed to right the ship last weekend, defeating the Washington Football Team, 31-13, at FedEx Field. And their defense -- which had allowed the most points and second-most yards through five weeks -- took considerable strides forward, limiting Washington to 276 total yards of offense and forcing two turnovers.
Kansas City took advantage of an inferior opponent, reminding the league that they're still a legitimate Super Bowl contender. But their overarching issues have yet to be completely solved, and perhaps this will be realized when they visit the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon.
"The test is this week. Because now, your biggest weakness on defense is slowing people down running the football," NFL on CBS analyst Charles Davis told The DA Show on Friday. "Here comes a team whose biggest strength and identity is running the football. Now you're going to find out what you really have. This is where it all really kind of comes together...
"My prediction is very simple. If this games stays attached -- meaning three points, seven points, no one runs away on either side -- Henry's getting the ball 30-plus times. That's what I'd expect in this one, plus coming off a short week for Tennessee... If you're Kansas City and want to prove that second half in Washington was legit, you've got to carry that over into this game."
Although the Chiefs produced 499 yards of offense against Washington, their turnover problem still exists. Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions and receiver Mecole Hardman fumbled once, bumping their season total up to a league-high 14. Through six games, Kansas City's turnover ratio is minus-8, which ranks second-worst in the NFL.
Titans superstar running back Derrick Henry was a force to be reckoned with on Monday, as rushed for a whopping 143 yards and scored three times in the team's 34-31 upset win over the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Henry is the first player to rush for 10 touchdowns within his team's first six games since 2005, and thus far, the Chiefs have allowed 133.2 rushing yards on average, sixth-worst in the league.
Kansas City (3-3) and Tennessee (4-2) are scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Chiefs currently have a 72-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 29-percent chance to win the AFC West.
The entire NFL conversation with Charles Davis can be accessed in the audio player above.