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AFC Wildcard Saturday: Chiefs Host Titans

AFC Wildcard Game

Chiefs Look to Find Mojo Again in AFC Wildcard

The fans at Arrowhead Stadium will see the AFC Wildcard Saturday matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs. Kickoff is set for 4:35 pm EST and ESPN on ABC will have the telecast.

Oddsmakers opened the Chiefs as -7-point favorites versus the Titans, while the game’s total opened at 46. The line is now KC as 8.5-point favorites and the total has dropped to 44.5.

The Chiefs clinched their second straight AFC West championship two weeks ago. The Titans had a hard fought battle that lasted to the final minute of the season. They broke a three-game skid to clinch their first playoff berth since 2008.

The Titans and Chiefs are somewhat familiar with each another. Tennessee visited Kansas City in Week 15 of the 2016 season. They overcame a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit in rallying for a 19-17 win.

Chiefs Depend on Tough Defense and Run-Game

Kansas City won its last outing, a 27-24 result against the Broncos on December 31. The Chiefs covered in that game as a +3-point underdog, while the 51 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Kansas City’s defense thrives on turnovers. Those TO’s have proven highly predictive of the team’s success. The defense forced 24 turnovers during the team’s 10 wins. In their six loses that same D only forced two turnovers.

The Chiefs enter the game with a series of injuries on their special teams. They lost kick returners Akeem Hunt and De’Anthony Thomas to injuries in the season finale. They are out for the remainder of the season.

That leaves them with only wide receiver Tyreek Hill with much experience returning kickoffs.

The team is also battling injuries on the defensive line. Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Jarvis Jenkins missed practice time this week. That could prove vital in a game the Chiefs want to slow down the Titans’ rushing attack and contain Mariota in the pocket.

Running back DeMarco Murray has been ruled out with an MCL tear. Derrick Henry is the team’s lead back against the Chiefs. Starting cornerback Logan Ryan and Da’Norris Searcy both missed practice Wednesday with an illness.

Titans are Wary of Titans in AFC Wildcard

Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 15-10 winner as they battled the Jaguars at home. The Titans covered in the match as a -2.5-point favorite, while 25 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Chiefs remain wary of the ability of Marcus Mariota and his ability to make plays outside the pocket. Mariota struggled in the regular season with just 13 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. His running ability is vital.

This is the Titans 1st playoff berth under Mike Mularkey

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Tennessee 9-7 8-7-1 20.88 22.25 -1.37 5-2-1 3-5 9-7 5-3 4-4
Kansas City 10-6 10-6 25.94 21.19 4.75 6-2 4-4 8-8 3-5 5-3
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
TEN 15.04 14.74 0.3
KC 14.47 17.23 -2.76
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
TEN 10.43 10.37 0.06
KC 11.31 12.16 -0.85
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
TEN 4.14 3.56 0.58
KC 4.70 4.27 0.43
Team Records

Tennessee Titans

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-7 6-2 3-5 8-7-1 5-2-1 3-5 20.88 22.25 -1.37
vs Conf 8-4 5-1 3-3 5-6-1 3-2-1 2-4 20.67 22.08 -1.41
vs Div 2-1 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0 2-1 23.67 29.67 -6.00
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 3-0 2-0 1-0 20.33 20.67 -0.34

Kansas City Chiefs

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 10-6 6-2 4-4 10-6 6-2 4-4 25.94 21.19 4.75
vs Conf 8-4 4-2 4-2 8-4 4-2 4-2 27.75 21.58 6.17
vs Div 2-1 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0 2-1 27.00 21.67 5.33
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 28.67 16.67 12.00

AFC Wildcard Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 20.88 19 21.19 15
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 181.63 29 226.00 19
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 89.13 23 115.00 23
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 25.94 6 22.25 17
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 232.63 18 214.50 10
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 110.50 20 97.38 3

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Tennessee 5-5 6-4 6-4 22.30 141.30 4.71 33.40 56.89 222.40 363.70 2.00
Kansas City 5-5 4-6 6-4 21.70 99.70 3.89 33.80 56.80 195.50 295.20 1.70

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Dec 18, 2016 TEN KC 19-17 148 241 389 3 158 159 317 1
Sep 7, 2014 TEN KC 26-10 162 243 405 0 67 178 245 3
Oct 6, 2013 KC TEN 26-17 120 233 353 2 105 234 339 3
Dec 26, 2010 TEN KC 14-34 57 213 270 2 152 306 458 2
Oct 19, 2008 TEN KC 34-10 332 123 455 0 58 214 272 0
Dec 16, 2007 TEN KC 26-17 148 179 327 0 89 217 306 3
Dec 13, 2004 KC TEN 49-38 146 237 383 2 163 379 542 4
Sep 10, 2000 KC TEN 14-17 62 127 189 0 121 232 353 3
Sep 1, 1996 KC TEN 20-19 79 169 248 2 72 191 263 1
Nov 19, 1995 TEN KC 13-20 105 189 294 4 66 115 181 2

AFC Wildcard Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Tennessee Titans

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 31, 2017 JAC 15-10 W -2.5/40 W/U 116 116 232 83 146 229 -3 H
Dec 24, 2017 LAR 23-27 L 5.5/46 W/O 97 269 366 116 286 402 0 H
Dec 17, 2017 SF 23-25 L 2.5/44 W/O 90 238 328 51 363 414 1 A
Dec 10, 2017 ARI 7-12 L -2.5/42 L/U 65 139 204 136 125 261 2 A
Dec 3, 2017 HOU 24-13 W -6.5/42 W/U 198 146 344 53 331 384 0 H

Kansas City Chiefs

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 31, 2017 DEN 27-24 W 3/37.5 W/O 110 269 379 110 226 336 -1 A
Dec 24, 2017 MIA 29-13 W -11/43.5 W/U 103 301 404 59 286 345 -2 H
Dec 16, 2017 LAC 30-13 W -1/47 W/U 174 223 397 98 209 307 -4 H
Dec 10, 2017 OAK 26-15 W -4.5/48.5 W/U 165 243 408 70 198 268 -2 H
Dec 3, 2017 NYJ 31-38 L -4/44.5 L/O 112 362 474 157 331 488 0 A

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