Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs - 1/6/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Titans (9-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
NFL Football: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm (Arrowhead Stadium)
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -9 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds
The NFL Playoffs will begin on Saturday, and in the Wild Card Round of the AFC the Tennessee Titans will be visiting the Kansas City Chiefs out at Arrowhead Stadium
Tennessee enters this game following a 9-7 mark in the regular season. The Titans started out a little shaky at 2-3, then went on to win six of their next seven games. Tennessee would skid to three straight losses late in the year, but took out Jacksonville to finish the season and make it to the playoffs.
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Marcus Mariota leads the Tennessee offense, and he’s got 3232 yards with 13 TDs and 15 INTs this season. Derrick Henry is the leading Titans rusher with 744 yards, and Delanie Walker had 807 yards from 74 receptions with three touchdowns.
As for Kansas City, they started out hot with five straight wins, then hit the skids and lost six of their next seven. The Chiefs got it together down the stretch, though, bagging four straight wins en route to a 10-6 record overall.
Alex Smith is the Kansas City QB, and he’s managed 4042 yards with 26 TDs and five picks, while Kareem Hunt leads the rush with 1327 yards and eight scores. Tyreek Hill is the top Chiefs receiver with 75 catches for 1183 yards and seven TDs.
The Titans are 6-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Tennessee is also 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight January games and 14-38-4 ATS in their last 56 versus the AFC.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the AFC. Kansas City is also 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 1-8 ATS in their last nine playoff games.
Both these teams have been up and down this year, so it’s hard to tell exactly what to expect here in the playoffs. Tennessee is going to be relying on defense for the most part, and they’ve held opponents to 16 points or fewer in four of their last six games. KC, meanwhile, looked lost in the middle of the season, but during that four-game win streak to close things out they scored at least 26 points in every outing and allowed 15 or fewer three times. The Chiefs definitely have the advantage here and I think they’ll win, but that Titans defense may be able to keep it close. Give me Tennessee to cover.