Things couldn't have gone much better in their regular-season debut.
"I don't want to sound arrogant," Locker said, "but I think we expected it to (go smoothly). We felt that way through minicamp, into fall camp and in the preseason. That was one of our expectations, that we were able to execute and we were going to be efficient on offense."
"Jake did great," Whisenhunt said. "All those things we've worked with, footwork-wise and technique-wise, and you saw it. That's really exciting. But it's just one game."
"There's no question this was a special day," Succop said. "It was an awesome day. Great to come back to Kansas City. I'm very thankful the day went the way that it did."
Smith, who signed a four-year, $68 million extension last weekend, was just 19 of 35 for 202 yards in a haphazard performance by a Kansas City offense weakened by suspensions.
"All those things we did last year to win, we didn't do them today," Smith said. "We didn't execute, didn't execute in a lot of phases, especially offense."
Locker led his team 62 yards for a go-ahead touchdown, an easy toss to Walker in the back of the end zone. Succop followed with a field goal later in the half for a 10-0 lead.
Johnson went down with his Achilles injury just before the half, and DeVito was lost to a nearly identical injury on the first drive of the second half.
Locker capped that drive with a short TD pass to Wright, who managed to contort his body just enough to touch the pylon as he was going out of bounds. The touchdown gave Tennessee a 17-3 lead and started a shower of boos from a crowd that had been full of optimism.
"Those are guys who are kind of staples of their defense," Locker said. "They were in there almost every snap, especially Derrick. You understand that's going to change up their personnel a little bit. Yeah, you look at it and maybe understand where you can gain an advantage."
It was an important opener for the injury-prone Locker. The Titans declined their fifth-year option on him in in the offseason, so the pressure is on Locker to perform this season.
He certainly did against a Chiefs defense that was full of questions entering the season, and has even more after a pair of serious injuries to key defensive players.
"I have a lot of respect for Coach Reid and this football team and these fans," Whisenhunt said. "We didn't do great all the time, but we did enough. I'm very happy for that."
Notes: Titans LB Zach Brown left with a shoulder injury. ... Jason McCourty had two interceptions for Tennessee. "Those were big for us," he said. "That last one sealed the game." ... McCluster ran for 29 yards and had one catch for 17 yards. ... Chiefs S Eric Berry had a career-high 14 tackles. ... Chiefs RT Jeff Allen left with a strained biceps.
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