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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Tennessee9-78-7-120.8822.25-1.375-2-13-59-75-34-4
Kansas City10-610-625.9421.194.756-24-48-83-55-3
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
TEN15.0414.740.3
KC14.4717.23-2.76
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
TEN10.4310.370.06
KC11.3112.16-0.85
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
TEN4.143.560.58
KC4.704.270.43
Team Records

Tennessee Titans

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall9-76-23-58-7-15-2-13-520.8822.25-1.37
vs Conf8-45-13-35-6-13-2-12-420.6722.08-1.41
vs Div2-10-02-12-10-02-123.6729.67-6.00
Last 31-21-10-13-02-01-020.3320.67-0.34

Kansas City Chiefs

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall10-66-24-410-66-24-425.9421.194.75
vs Conf8-44-24-28-44-24-227.7521.586.17
vs Div2-10-02-12-10-02-127.0021.675.33
Last 33-02-01-03-02-01-028.6716.6712.00

AFC Wildcard Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense20.881921.1915
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense181.6329226.0019
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense89.1323115.0023
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense25.94622.2517
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense232.6318214.5010
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense110.502097.383

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Tennessee5-56-46-422.30141.304.7133.4056.89222.40363.702.00
Kansas City5-54-66-421.7099.703.8933.8056.80195.50295.201.70

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Dec 18, 2016TENKC19-1714824138931581593171
Sep 7, 2014TENKC26-101622434050671782453
Oct 6, 2013KCTEN26-1712023335321052343393
Dec 26, 2010TENKC14-345721327021523064582
Oct 19, 2008TENKC34-103321234550582142720
Dec 16, 2007TENKC26-171481793270892173063
Dec 13, 2004KCTEN49-3814623738321633795424
Sep 10, 2000KCTEN14-176212718901212323533
Sep 1, 1996KCTEN20-19791692482721912631
Nov 19, 1995TENKC13-201051892944661151812

AFC Wildcard Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Tennessee Titans

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 31, 2017JAC15-10W-2.5/40W/U11611623283146229-3H
Dec 24, 2017LAR23-27L5.5/46W/O972693661162864020H
Dec 17, 2017SF23-25L2.5/44W/O90238328513634141A
Dec 10, 2017ARI7-12L-2.5/42L/U651392041361252612A
Dec 3, 2017HOU24-13W-6.5/42W/U198146344533313840H

Kansas City Chiefs

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 31, 2017DEN27-24W3/37.5W/O110269379110226336-1A
Dec 24, 2017MIA29-13W-11/43.5W/U10330140459286345-2H
Dec 16, 2017LAC30-13W-1/47W/U17422339798209307-4H
Dec 10, 2017OAK26-15W-4.5/48.5W/U16524340870198268-2H
Dec 3, 2017NYJ31-38L-4/44.5L/O1123624741573314880A

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