I have already addressed Titans RT David Stewart versus Chiefs LOLB Justin Houston, and my fellow contributor Jlomas has done the same with DE Derrick Morgan going up against the No.1 pick's injury replacement in OT Donald Stephenson.
Lets look at some of the other important match-ups.
1. Kendall Wright vs. Dunta Robinson
How the mighty have fallen huh? Not too long ago Dunta Robinson was a top corner for the Texans and as such Titans fans are familiar with his abilities. A few short seasons later and he has landed in a good Chiefs secondary and proceeded to be it's worst member. Kendall Wright should be able to make some big plays happen, especially after the catch, against Robinson. The more Wright can get open underneath, the better. That will open things up for the rest of the offense.
2. Rob Turner vs. Dontari Poe
This is the battle Titans fans have been losing sleep over. Rob Turner has been very unimpressive so far this year and has caused his fair share of headaches with penalties as well. He will be going up against a bull-strong DT in Poe who is beginning to show why the Chiefs drafted him high just a year ago. I don't expect Turner to win this match-up, not even close, but the Titans do need Turner to convert that "nastiness" into some aggressive blocking to open up some holes for CJ. Its only going to take one very good block to spring Johnson for a big run.
3. Titans LBs vs. Jamaal Charles
Visiting Chiefs fans, there is a lot to like about your team, but WR isn't one of them right now. There has been a lot of inconsistency at the position this year. Captain check-down Alex Smith is understandably looking to Charles more often to help oil the wheels of the passing game, especially considering the team doesn't have a single healthy TE from what I can tell. If Brown, Ayers (and maybe Zaviar Gooden?) can monitor Charles closely and force Smith to look elsewhere, I think we see some turnovers happen. This could very well be the key to the entire gameplan for the Titans.