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Patrick Mahomes Thinks Tennessee Titans Deserve More Respect

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

The Tennessee Titans have quietly won five games in a row to take control of the AFC South.

While most of the NFL might not be talking about them, the Titans' next opponent has taken notice.

With the Kansas City Chiefs set to host the Titans on Sunday Night Football, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes brought up the 27-3 beatdown his team suffered at the hands of the Titans when the two teams met last season.

According to Nate Taylor of the Athletic, Mahomes acknowledged that the Chiefs "weren't ready" for that matchup. He has no plans to repeat that mistake Sunday.

"Patrick Mahomes on the Titans: 'Last year, we weren't ready and they beat our ass. This team is a lot better than (people) talk about them. People don't talk about their D-line.'" -- Nate Taylor

Mahomes believes this year's Titans are "a lot better than (people) talk about them."

While the entire Titans team, other than perhaps running back Derrick Henry, has been flying under the radar this year, Mahomes was particularly complimentary of their defensive line. 

Led by the strong interior duo of Denico Autry and Jeffery Simmons, the Titans are tied for 11th in the NFL in sacks and rank seventh in yards per carry allowed to opposing ball-carriers.

That defensive line will face its toughest test of the season Sunday against Mahomes and a Chiefs offense that leads the league in scoring at 31.9 points per game.