The Kansas City Chiefs will be trying to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the third consecutive year when they face the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Browns are coming off a 48-37 win over Pittsburgh as 5.5-point underdogs in the Wildcard round. The Chiefs are coming off a 38-21 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers as 6.5-point underdogs.
Kansas City is 6-3 in their last nine games against Cleveland.
Browns Feeling DangerousThe Browns weren’t given much of a chance against Pittsburgh in their last game, but they proved their doubters wrong with an impressive road win over the rivals. They are once again the underdogs heading into this game and will love to prove their doubters wrong once again and advance to their first AFC Championship Game since 1989.
Cleveland played well offensively against the Steelers, scoring 48 points in the win. Baker Mayfield completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Jarvis Landry led the team with 92 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Even though they gave up 37 points, Cleveland’s defense was a big reason the team won the game. They forced the Steelers to turn the ball over five times, which led to great field position and easy touchdowns. They will face a tougher test against the Chiefs but will give themselves a chance to win this game if they can force the Chiefs into making costly mistakes.
Chiefs Begin Title DefenseThe Chiefs cruised through the regular season without much of a challenge, winning 14 of their 16 games. They are hoping to become the first team to repeat as champions since the New England Patriots did it in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, but they will face a tough test against the Browns.
Kansas City was one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 29.6 points per game. They averaged 303.4 passing yards and 112.4 rushing yards per game.
Patrick Mahomes completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the team with 803 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Travis Kelce led the team with 1,416 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
Edwards-Helaire missed the team’s last three games with an ankle injury. He has been upgraded to questionable for this game.
Kansas City also played well defensively, giving up 22.6 points per game. They gave up 38 points in their last game, but a lot of their starters did not play. Expect a better defensive effort from them in this game.
Kansas City is:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games.
- 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the AFC West.