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On Saturday, January 6th, the (9-7) Tennessee Titans will be on the road to take on the (10-6) Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Playoffs.
“The Crowd” is projecting a final score of Chiefs 25.9 – Titans 20.2 with an over/under of 46.1.
2017-18 Statistics (32 total teams):
Yards per game: Chiefs 375.4 (5th) > Titans 314.0 (23rd)
Points per game: Chiefs 25.9 (6th) > Titans 20.9 (19th)
Turnover margin: Chiefs +15 > Titans -4
Fewest yards allowed per game: Titans 328.0 (13th) > Chiefs 365.1 (28th)
Fewest Points allowed per game: Chiefs 21.2 (15th) > Titans 22.2 (17th)
The Chiefs finished the season on a four-game winning streak. Kansas City defeated the Broncos 27-24 in Denver to end their season. The Chiefs outgained the Broncos 379-336 in total yardage. Kansas City rested most of their starters including Alex Smith. Patrick Mahomes made his first career start and went 22-35 for 284 yards and an interception. The Chiefs running game totaled 110 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries (4.1 average). Albert Wilson had a huge game with 10 catches for 147 yards. The Chiefs defense was able to force three turnovers in the victory. Kansas City (+76) ranks 10th in the NFL in point differential.
The Titans ended their three-game losing streak with a 15-10 home victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans outgained the Jaguars 232-229 in total yardage. The Titans dominated time of possession and forced the Jaguars into four turnovers. Marcus Mariota was 12-21 for 134 yards and a touchdown. Mariota also ran the ball ten times for 60 yards. Derrick Henry had a rough game totaling only 51 yards on 28 carries (1.8 average). Henry did have a 66 yard catch that went for a touchdown. The Titans defense turned in one of their best performances of the season confusing Blake Bortles all game. The Titans (-22) rank 16th in the NFL in point differential.
The Titans, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, will face off against a Chiefs team that has been in the postseason three of the last four years. DeMarco Murray is questionable for the game and won’t be 100% if he plays. Kansas City’s defense has been inconsistent but they played well down the stretch. The Chiefs (+15) boast the league’s best turnover margin. Alex Smith will take care of the ball while Kareem Hunt will carry the team offensively. I like the Chiefs at home to win and cover the (-5.7) spread.
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