Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
When: Sunday, January 19, 3:05 PM. ET.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be trying to advance to their first Super Bowl since 1969 when they host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon.
Titans Going For Third Consecutive UpsetThe Titans have defied expectations by making it this far after clinching their spot in the playoffs in the final week of the regular season. They knocked off the defending Super Bowl champions and the top overall seed in the playoffs and now have their sights set on the AFC West winning Chiefs, who are once again favored to win the game.
Tennessee has gotten this far on the strength of its ground game and a very good defense. Derrick Henry has been a workhorse for the Titans in the second half of the season 1,273 yards in his last eight games while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He has rushed for 377 yards and one touchdown in two playoff games and will be expected to carry the offense once again.
The Titans and Chiefs met in the regular season, with the Titans getting a 35-32 win. Henry finished with 188 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in that game and should be able to put up similar numbers in this game because the Chiefs haven’t played well against the run this season.
Ryan Tannehill, who provided a spark for the team since taking over the starting quarterback job, hasn’t been asked to do much in the playoffs, thanks to Henry’s performance. However, he might be required to do more in this game, especially if the Chiefs jump out to a big lead.
Even though they gave up 530 total yards, Tennessee’s defense did a great job in their win over the Ravens, forcing three turnovers and making the Ravens settle for field goals when they were in the red zone. The approach worked for them in their first meeting with the Chiefs and they will have to find a way to keep the Chiefs out of the end zone to give themselves a chance to win this game.
Chiefs Trying To Take Advantage Of Golden Opportunity
Kansas City’s head coach Andy Reid is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, but his teams tend to suffer letdowns in big games. They were upset by the Titans in the Wildcard round of the playoffs in 2018 despite having a 21-3 lead at halftime and looked like they were headed for another early exit against the Houston Texans in their last game.
With the Titans knocking off the Ravens and Patriots, the Chiefs have their best chance to make it to their first Super Bowl since 1969 and will need to play well for the entire game if they do not want to mess up a great opportunity to advance to the Super Bowl.
Kansas City’s offense struggled in the first quarter of their win over the Texans, but the team roared back from a 24-0 deficit in the second quarter and took the lead for good at the half. With the Titans coming off a beat down of the Ravens, who were the top offensive team in the league, the Chiefs probably won’t be able to mount a similar comeback if they fall behind in this game, so expect them to get off to a fast start.
Patrick Mahomes threw for yards and three touchdowns in their first meeting with the Titans which was his first game back after missing two games with a knee injury. The offense stalled in the red zone multiple times, forcing the team to settle for field goals. This time around, with the team playing at home, expect a better performance from the MVP.
Kansas City’s defense will be the key to the team’s victory. They struggled in their last game, giving up 31 points to the Texans, and gave up 35 points in their regular-season loss to the Titans. If they can’t do a better job defending the run, they will be in for a long day and will likely lose this game.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Kansas City is:
- 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games.
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games at home.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Tennessee is:
- 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight-up win of more than 14 points.
- 9-21-1 ATS in their last 31 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.