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Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs Betting Preview

Sunday night features a battle of first-place AFC teams as the Tennessee Titans (5-2, 1st in AFC South) take on the Kansas City Chiefs (5-2, 1st in the AFC West). The Chiefs will host this one at Arrowhead Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 pm ET.

The Titans picked up a road win in their last contest as they beat the Houston Texans 17-10. In the win, Malik Willis threw for only 55 yards and an interception, but it was Derrick Henry who did all the heavy lifting. He rushed 32 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

The Chiefs enjoyed a bye week last week after beating the San Francisco 49ers 44-23 in Week 7. In that contest, Patrick Mahomes threw for 423 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. JuJu Smith-Schuster had the biggest day of any receiver, hauling in seven receptions for 124 yards and a score.

The Chiefs are the favorites playing at home in this one. They are -560 to win, while the Titans’ moneyline sits at +420. The spread features Tennessee +12.5 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 45.5.

Titans Look To Subdue Chiefs’ Offense

There may be no stopping the potent Chiefs’ offense, but the Titans will at least hope to contain them Sunday night. The best way they might be able to do that is by committing to the run and keeping Mahomes on the sidelines. With Derrick Henry under center, that might not be as hard as it sounds.

With his monster game last week, Henry finally looked to regain some of that magic that has made him the most dominant rusher in the league for several years. In seven games this season, he has rushed 166 times for 755 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns.

To try to help stabilize the offense, the Titans are also expected to have veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill under center Sunday. He missed last week due to a sprained ankle and being ill, but it appears that he should be good to go in this one, despite having a questionable designation.

This season, Tannehill has thrown for 1,097 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions in six games.

Defensively, the Titans currently rank ninth in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 19.7 points per game (21.3 on the road). Again, going against a tough Chiefs’ offense, that defense will be tested this weekend.

Chiefs Look To Create Separation In AFC West

At 5-2, the Chiefs sit just a game up on the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC West. On Sunday, they will look to home-field advantage (2-1 at Arrowhead this season) to try to potentially create some separation in the division.

Luckily for Andy Reid, his offense has been electric despite losing Tyreek Hill in an off-season trade. They currently top the NFL in scoring, averaging 31.9 points per game.

Patrick Mahomes is having another MVP-quality season. In seven games, he has thrown for 2,159 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions.

His favorite targets to date have been tight end Travis Kelce (47 receptions, 553 yards, seven TD), JuJu Smith-Schuster (34 receptions, 494 yards, two TD), and Marcus Valdes-Scantling (22 receptions, 369 yards).

The key for the Chiefs will be stopping the run game. This season, Kansas City ranks third in rushing defense, allowing just 92 yards per game to opponents on the ground.

Take The Titans And The Points

Straight up, this is a game that is hard to bet against the Chiefs. Still, with a 12.5-point spread, there is a lot of value in the Titans here.

Looking at the trends, Tennessee is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games. They are also 5-1 against the spread in their last six against Kansas City and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight at Arrowhead Stadium.

It is going to take a lot of work by Derrick Henry on the ground, but take Tennessee and the 12.5 points (-110) in this one.

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