Lendale White rushed for three touchdowns and 149 yards, including an 80-yard sprint, and Chris Johnson rattled off a 66-yard gallop while rushing for 168 yards to help Tennessee cruise past the Chiefs 34-10.
The Titans (6-0), off to their best start in team history, scored 10 points on their first two possessions and were never threatened by the Chiefs (1-5), who seem headed for an even worse season than last year’s 4-12.
White went 80 yards virtually untouched in the fourth quarter, matching the franchise’s longest run since 1983. Johnson made it 33-3 with 4:01 left in the third blowout loss the rebuilding Chiefs have experienced this year.
It was the first time since 1977 that two runners had gone over 100 yards against the Chiefs.
In the second quarter of his first appearance since injuring his shoulder in the season opener, Croyle hobbled away with a sprained right knee. The Chiefs’ designated quarterback of the future has been injured four times in eight career starts and Kansas City will probably make finding a young quarterback a top priority.
Damon Huard came in for Croyle, but injured the thumb on his throwing hand and was replaced by Thigpen with 11:56 left. With Larry Johnson not active for disciplinary reasons, the Chiefs managed only 58 yards rushing.
Kerry Collins, in the meanwhile, was taking no chances and hardly ever was hurried by a Kansas City defensive line which has not recorded a sack in six games. The veteran who replaced injured Vince Young in the first game was 11-for-18 for 123 yards.