Week seven will feature two AFC heavyweights when the Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans (4-2) at Nissan Stadium for week seven NFL action. Last week the Kansas City Chiefs destroyed the Washington Football team to the tune of 31-13. At the same time, the Titans squeaked one out against the Bills on Monday night, football 34-31 in thrilling fashion.
This matchup should be an exciting one for what could possibly be a playoff preview. Both teams are starting to heat up, and it should be a fun one on both sides of the ball. Let’s dive into this matchup and examine both teams to help give you the best bets for Thursday.
Kansas City Chiefs Betting Preview: Can Chief’s Defense Stop Derek Henry?
The Kansas City Chiefs come into this match up with the second-ranked total offense in the league; at the same time, their defense hasn’t produced those same strong numbers ranking 28th in the league.
Be that as it may, last Sunday, the Chiefs seemed to be clicking on all cylinders when they stomped Washington on the road. Patrick Mahomes did what Patrick Mahomes does, throwing for almost 400 yards along with two touchdowns. The Chiefs also got some surprising help from fourth-year back Darrell Williams, who found the end-zone twice while filling in for an Injured Clyde Edwards-Helier.
The offense has been producing all year; Andy Reid is a strong play-caller and has led the second-ranked passing attack to 308 yards per game in the air. They use their playmakers to their advantage to set up the run game, which seems like no matter who is in, there will be produced. The run game is getting 125 yards per game on the ground, and the offense is producing an impressive 30.8 points per game.
The defense, on the other hand, has struggled. The 28th ranked Chiefs defensive unit allows opponents 277.3 yards in the air and an atrocious 133.2 yards per game on the ground. To make matters worse, they conceded 29.3 points to opposing teams, putting a lot of pressure on the offense. Although that may be true, they held Washington to 13 points and will look to use that game as a springboard going into next week.
Tennessee Titans Betting Preview: Magic in Music City
There was some Magic in the Music City last Monday night when the Tennessee Titans somehow stopped a surging Buffalo Bills team, ending the Bills winning streak at five. The Titans were able to keep Buffalo at bay on offense, culminating in stuffing Josh Allen at the three-yard line on fourth and one to win the game.
The Tennessee Titans played a masterful game on defense. Buffalo has one of the most dynamic offenses in the league; although they surrendered 31 points, the defense held them to 11 points at the half. Even more impressive, the Buffalo Bills averaged over 135 yards per game on the ground, and the Titans defensive unit held them to 81 yards.
When it comes to the offense, it’s all about Derek Henry. To put it simply, the running back can flat-out play. The league’s leading rusher added to that total when he ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Henry finished with 143 yards and an insane three total touchdowns.
The offense did look a little stagnant at times, in particular Ryan Tannehill. The quarterback finished with 216 passing yards and one interception. Tannehill faced the number one defense in the league and found a solid connection in A.J. Brown all night. He should bounce back nicely against one of the worst defenses in the league.
Betting Lines & Odds
BETUS opened the line with the Chiefs as the -4.5 favorite, with the point total set at 56.5.
Moneyline: Chiefs -215 | Titans +175
Free Betting Pick
The Titans played in a thriller on Monday night, and a big part of that was having their fans behind them when they were playing at home. Derek Henry gave a big shoutout to Music City for showing up against one of the top teams in the NFL and returned that favor with a win.
The Chiefs have some of the best playmakers in the game, and their offense will put up points; however, I think the Titans have finally figured out their identity. The offense and the defense started to click, and I think they should be able to run and throw all over the Chiefs’ defense.
Look for the Titan defense to harass Patrick Mahomes as they did to Josh Allen. They should frustrate him enough to get some stops, and then it’s feed Derek Henry time. I’ll take the Titans.