The Chiefs at full strength can be terrifying. They're also in for an AFC West fight. Patrick Mahomes' jump pass surrounded by pass rushers will create highlights, and rightfully so, but what happened after he released the ball is what makes the Chiefs so different, on top of Mahomes' otherworldly talents.
Rookie Mecole Hardman caught the pass running across the middle and broke one tackle, at which point two Titans in close pursuit had angles on him. And then Hardman ran away from both defensive backs, one of whom was Adoree' Jackson, who might be the fastest cornerback in the league. Hardman was pulling away from Jackson by the time he reached the end zone. Owing to the presence of Tyreek Hill, Hardman isn't even Kansas City's fastest wide receiver.
But that turned into a footnote. Kansas City botched the endgame, as Kansas City has a tendency to do under Coach Andy Reid. With a 32-27 lead, the Chiefs took over on the Tennessee 32-yard line with 1:46 left. A loss seemed almost impossible - at one point, according to ESPN, the Chiefs' probability to win crept over 99 percent. They ran three times, unable to gain a game-sealing first down but bleeding Tennessee's timeouts, setting up a 46-yard field goal. A miscommunication on the snap caused holder Dustin Colquitt to drop the ball and heave it out of bounds.
The Titans took over in better field position than when they had given it back to Kansas City. It took 58 seconds and four plays, culminating with Tannehill's gorgeous, 23-yard post route to Adam Humphries, for Tennessee to score and steal the game. Mahomes's two completions set up a game-tying field goal try, but it led only to another special teams misadventure - the Titans blocked Harrison Butker's kick.
The Chiefs dropped to 6-4, oddly having lost Mahomes' past three full games. The Raiders, at 5-4, are only a half-game out of first place. The Raiders get the Bengals and Jets in the next two weeks, followed by a showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.