No matter how ugly some of those wins might be.
"We are 5-0, and we're not ashamed of that," Reid said. "We also know that we've got a ton of room to improve and it's important that we continue to do that."
The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead in this early AFC showdown between these surprising teams bouncing back after losing seasons, and Charles called this a special win.
"I am speechless right now," Charles said. "This team is very blessed to be 5-0 right now. Nobody expected us to be 5-0."
The Titans (3-2) couldn't have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for Jake Locker sidelined with his sprained right hip. He missed his first five passes and went three-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half.
Now Kansas City heads home for a three-game stretch, though the Chiefs had plenty of support on the road in Nashville.
"I thought the fans controlled that lower bowl there and we heard them and we appreciate all that support that they were able to give us, especially down the stretch there," Reid said.
The Chiefs and Titans came in tied atop the NFL with a plus-9 turnover margin, but it was Kansas City that forced three turnovers and turned those into 13 points. The Chiefs also had a goal-line stand at their own 1 late in the first half. The Titans forced two they managed to convert into a touchdown.
Fitzpatrick looked rusty in his first start since being in Buffalo last season, and his new teammates weren't much help. Chris Johnson finished with only 17 yards rushing on 10 carries.
But Fitzpatrick outgained the Chiefs all by himself in the third quarter in keying the Titans' rally. He flipped the ball to Johnson for a 49-yard TD. He also scrambled 9 yards for a TD giving the Titans a 17-13 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Titans also settled for a 22-yard field goal by Bironas after having first-and-goal in the third.
"If you're not sliding, to me, you're not giving yourself up," Munchak said of Smith. "He wasn't sliding."
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