Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs | Betting Tip (2020-01-19)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs for NFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
|Chiefs by 7.5 by|
|Chie -322; Tita +265 by|
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs | Prediction, Odds & Tips
When the 2019 season began, the Kansas City Chiefs were expected to make their way back to the AFC Championship game. But the Patriots had a down year. So, they were supposed to battle the Ravens for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
As it turns out, the Tennessee Titans had something to say about that—and many think they can put an end to Kansas City’s title dreams.
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs Preview
Seeing the Titans and Chiefs faceoff in the AFC Championship game is not something anyone expected to happen. But is the game that will decide one of the two teams that will play in the Super Bowl this year.
But while some think the Chiefs are a lock for the Super Bowl now, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is not overlooking the upstart Titans, via SI.com:
“They’re playing real good football right now. They’re strong, they’re well-coached, (head coach) Mike Vrabel does a nice job with them.”
It certainly isn’t lost on him that the Titans beat the Chiefs once already this season: “They beat us. They beat us in three different phases. They’re a good football team, and we have to do a better job than that.”
With how the Titans have played the last two weeks, there is a growing sentiment that they may be able to take down another favorite and beat the Chiefs. Much like they did to the Chiefs back in Week Ten, the Titans have ridden Derrick Henry to victory the last two weeks.
But can we expect him to do it again? Kansas City has improved on defence throughout the year, but they still have one of the lower-ranked run defences in the league. If Baltimore and New England’s top-ranked defences couldn’t stop him, how can they?
Tennessee Titans News
While the Titans did beat the Chiefs earlier this season, they would be wise not to think about how close they are to the Super Bowl. But it sounds like a few guys might be doing just that:
“It’s all about winning the Super Bowl,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said after the Ravens game via the team’s website. “None of this is going to mean anything unless we go and win the Super Bowl. That is our mentality now, to go and win the Super Bowl.
But, by the numbers, the Chiefs should have beaten the Titans back in Week Ten. They outgained Tennessee, 530-371 total yards, controlled the clock for 38 minutes, and had 28 first downs. But they also made a few mistakes.
Tennessee returned a fumble for a touchdown and blocked a late field goal attempt that would have won the game. However, Titans played a similar game against Baltimore and won despite Lamar Jackson gaining over 500 total yards.
So, maybe the game plan will work just fine, but only if they are focused on Sunday and not thinking about the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs News
Since the Texans had beaten the Chiefs earlier this season, it wasn’t hard to believe they were going to do it again after taking an early 24-0 lead. But with an offence with the explosive potential, the Chiefs have they were not out of it.
They just had to get their heads in the game—and Patrick Mahomes knew how to do it. NFL Films caught him talking to the team on the bench early on, via CBSSports:
“They’re playing man coverage, if we catch the ball, make one person miss, it’s a touchdown. Let’s do something special! Let’s do something special; they already counted us the (expletive) out. One play at a time, do something special.”
Of course, it will likely not be as easy to turn things around against the Tennessee Titans. They are going to have to figure out how to do something they couldn’t do back in Week Ten—stop Derek Henry. Much like he has the last two weeks, Henry controlled that game with 188 yards on the ground.
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs Head-to-Head
The Titans and Chiefs played once during the regular season back in Week Ten, a game the Titans won, 35-32. Since their first meeting back in 1960 (as the Dallas Texans and Houston Oilers), the two have played 53 times, including three playoff games. Kansas City leads the all-time series between the two, 29-24.
The Chiefs lead the playoff series as well, 2-1. While Tennessee won their last playoff meeting in 2018, the Chiefs won back in 1962 in the AFL Championship game.
Odds and Predictions
Taking the Titans is going to be a common perspective on this game this week. Everyone likes to be the one that called an upset. They want to be able to say they knew it when the favorite falls. With how the Titans have been playing, it is not hard to come up with a believable scenario.
But don’t be fooled by all the hot takes. Kansas City is going to force the Titans to win with Ryan Tannehill, not because they will stop Derrick Henry, but because they will take a big enough lead, Tennessee has no choice.
However, that being said, it is not going to be an easy game for the Chiefs. Take them to win (-322) over the Titans (+265), but for Tennessee to win against the spread (+7.5).
As for the over/under, take the over (52.5).
After watching what the Chiefs did to the Texan last week, how can you not?
Our Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs Betting Tip:
This game is going to be a competitive and entertaining one, but the Chiefs will come out on top.