Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Preview
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
Line: Tennessee Titans (+5) at Kansas City Chiefs (-5); total: 43.0 – view all NFL lines
TV Broadcast: CBS
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Betting on the Tennessee Titans (+5)
The Tennessee Titans will head to their crunch showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs with momentum on their side after beating the Denver Broncos, 13-10, on Sunday. It was a morale-boosting victory for the Titans who extended their winning streak to two games. With the win, Tennessee kept in pace with the Houston Texans in the AFC South title race with just three games remaining this season.
Leading the way for the Titans in their Week 13 win was DeMarco Murray. He ran for 92 yards and a touchdown in the win against the Broncos. The Titans, for that matter, had a field day against Denver’s front seven, rushing for 180 yards on 42 carries. Tennessee’s 42 rushes Sunday are their second-most in a game this campaign, with a season-high 89 of their 180 yards coming after first contact.
The Titans will need more of the same efficiency from their ground game if they are to beat the Chiefs this coming Sunday. Tennessee is third in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 144.5 yards per game this season. Apart from Murray and co. making big plays on the ground, Tennessee will also need its defense to be relentless against Kansas City. The Titans held the Broncos to just 10 points on Sunday, their lowest output of the season. That helped Tennessee navigate a poor performance by Marcus Mariota who only had six completions against the Broncos.
The Titans are 2-4 ATS on the road this season.
Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs (-5)
There’s just no stopping Kansas City right now. The Chiefs extended their winning run to three games with a thrilling 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. It was another convincing performance by Kansas City who moved into a tie for first place with Oakland in the AFC West standings. That’s quite a turnaround for the Chiefs who started the season 2-2.
Providing the impetus for the Chiefs’ latest win was their impeccable defense. Kansas City held MVP candidate Derek Carr to just 17 of 41 for 117 yards passing on Thursday. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce made Carr pay for his atrocious performance, delivering huge outings in Kansas City’s most important game of the season. Hill recorded a pair of long scores on Thursday, one of which was a stunning 78-yard punt return. He now leads the Chiefs with nine total touchdowns this season. Kelce, on the other hand, had five catches for 101 yards. That was the tight end’s fourth straight game in triple digits. Kelce is only the third NFL tight end in at least the past 50 years with four consecutive games of 100-plus yards.
The victory came at a huge price, though, for the Chiefs with star linebacker Derrick Johnson rupturing his left Achilles just before halftime. He will not only miss Sunday’s game against the Titans but also the rest of the season. That’s a bitter blow for a Kansas City defense that’s allowing just 19.6 points per game this season, eighth-fewest in the NFL. Replacing Johnson will be a tough task for the Chiefs as he was equally efficient in defending passing or running situations. Kansas City will need to sort out its defense quickly in order to stop a Tennessee side that’s averaging 372.3 total yards per game this season, eighth-best in the NFL.
The Chiefs are 2-4 ATS at home this season.
The Chiefs (-5) solidify their hold of the top spot in the AFC West with a commanding 28-17 win.
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