NFL · Sun (10/24) @ 1:00pm ET
|Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee|
The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Tennessee in week 7 to take on the Titans for the first time since the 2019 AFC Championship. In that game, Kansas City was able to hold Derrick Henry to only 69 rushing yards, getting the victory, and going on to win the Super Bowl. But this year is a little different, with the Chiefs having the worst defense in the NFL and Henry just coming off his fifth game with over 100 rushing yards.
Chiefs Game Preview (3-3)
The Chiefs season isn’t going as planned, but they did have a pretty nice win against the Washington Football Team on Sunday. But it all wasn’t pretty. The Chiefs struggled in the first half with Patrick Mahomes throwing zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Luckily, Mahomes stepped it up in the second half, ending the game with 397 passing yards and two touchdowns. He did get sacked three times, so there are still obviously some issues on the offensive line. Surprisingly, it was the defense that won the game though. Even with the absence of Chris Jones, the defense shut out Washington for a scoreless second half.
Holding Washington to only 276 yards was impressive for the Chiefs’ defense. But will they be able to do the same against the Titans? Probably not. The Chiefs struggle to stop the run and the Titans have easily the best running back in the NFL with Henry.
That means the offense is going to have to come out on fire and keep their foot on the pedal the entire game. If I were the Chiefs, I would focus on Mahomes throwing deep balls to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. If those two are covered, he can always use Mecole Hardman or Byron Pringle, who both have been stepping it up this season.
Titans Game Preview (4-2)
There is no denying that Derrick Henry is a beast. He had 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ win over the Buffalo Bills. And he had some help. A.J. Brown finished the game with 91 receiving yards and Julio Jones with 59.
The Titans’ defense also impressed in the Bills’ game sacking Josh Allen three times. Harold Landry had two of those and will be looking to put pressure on Mahomes all game. Which could be a problem for Kansas City’s struggling offensive line.
The real question is, will the Chiefs be able to stop Henry as they did in the AFC Championship two years ago? If the defense plays as they have been then there is no way.
If the Titans play as aggressively as they did against the Bills, they have a good chance of taking down the Chiefs, who happen to be the favorites for this game. It all depends on which Kansas City team shows up on Sunday and if Patrick Mahomes can limit his mental errors.
AFC Sports Betting Odds
It is hard to believe that as we enter week 7, the Chiefs are last in the AFC West with a 3-3 record. The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers are both at the top of the division at 4-2. At the start of the season, Kansas City had the best odds to win the Super Bowl. But now, they are in jeopardy of not even getting a wild card to advance to the playoffs.
The Titans are at the top of the AFC South and with a 4-2 record, has a nice lead against the Colts who are 2-4, and the Jaguars and Texans who are both 1-5. So, Tennessee should easily win the division.
If the Chiefs don’t win the AFC West, which is looking like the case, they could still earn a playoff spot, but they have to start consistently winning. And it isn’t going to be easy in a tough AFC conference. It is surprising that sports betting apps still have the Chiefs at the best odds to win the AFC West and at the top to win the AFC Championship and Super Bowl.
To Win AFC West Odds
- Chiefs -105
- Chargers +155
- Raiders +650
- Broncos +1600
To Win AFC South Odds
- Titans -375
- Colts +280
- Jaguars +8000
- Texans +15000
To Win AFC Championship
- Chiefs +300
- Titans +1400
To Win Super Bowl
- Chiefs +750
- Titans +4000
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