Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs Tips | Saturday 6th January 2018
NFL boffin Tom Selwyn analyses the weekend’s NFL wildcard play-off matches, starting in Kansas City.
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs | Saturday 6th January 2018, 21:35 | Sky Sports
I think it’s safe to say that only employees and fans of the Chiefs are happy that Tennessee snuck into the fifth seed (sorry Titans fans).
Every time I watched the Titans, they did not look like a good team and despite them finishing the season with a negative differential in points, yardage and turnovers, here they are!
I feel that if Tennessee is to have any chance in this game, it will all come down to their QB Marcus Mariota. Mariota has not played well this year, but when it came down to it in a must-win game last week he put the team on his back and effectively utilised his legs (and underrated toughness) to seal the game.
With a running game that has disappeared this year (the purported identity of the offense), Mariota has undoubtedly struggled, but he still possesses the talent for a special plays.
Unfortunately for the Titans, I don’t think the Chiefs will be letting this game come down to one or two plays. After a mid-season slump, Kansas City look to be back to the explosive form of their early season games, winning their last four games and scoring at least 26 points in each of them.
With their star players rested last week, the Chiefs should be fresh and ready to unleash their multi-faceted offense on the Titans.
Player to Watch – Tennessee
Jurrell Casey – DT: The Titans main strength is their defensive front and Casey is their leader. He helped Tennessee to the fourth best rush defence this year and will need to be at his best to stop Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt.
Player to Watch – Kansas City
Tyreek Hill – WR: It seems odd to be pointing out such a good player, but Hill has really come alive of late, averaging over 114 yards in his last four games and scoring three TDs along the way. He could have another big day against Tennessee’s 25th ranked pass defence.