Kansas City (6-3; 5-4 ATS) at Tennessee (4-5; 3-5-1 ATS)
Early line: Chiefs (minus-4 points). Total: (48.5)
KC 6TH OFF; TN 13TH DEF
KC 24TH RUN; TN 15TH vs. RUN
KC 2ND PASS; TN 17TH vs. PASS
KC 5TH PTS; TN 7TH PTS ALLOWED
TN 26TH OFF; KC 22ND DEF
TN 18TH RUN; KC 29TH vs. RUN
TN 24TH PASS; KC T11TH vs. PASS
TN 26TH PTS; KC 18TH PTS ALLOWED
KC T12TH TO/TA; TN 6TH TO-TA
Chiefs lead all-time series 29-23-0, but Titans have won last 3 games in series, most recently squeaking by Chiefs 22-21 at KC in 2017 Wild-card win in which Titans RB Derrick Henry was the featured attraction (23-156-1 rushing, including a 35-yard TD).
CHIEFS overcame reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes’ absence for second straight game came with badly needed 26-23 come-from-behind Week 9 home win over the Vikings on PK Harrison Butker’s dramatic 44-yard FG as time expired.
Butker came through with flying colors in CHIEFS’ win that snapped 3-game losing streak at home, connecting on 4-of-4 FGs, including a 54-yard 3-pointer to tie the game at 23-23 with 2:30 remaining before making his game-winning kick.
Now that their confidence is back, CHIEFS could be getting Mahomes back, too (check status). He sure looked fine racing off the sideline and joining Butker and the rest of the team in jumping up and down in a wild midfield party following the game-ending field goal.
CHIEFS backup QB Matt Moore, meanwhile, was much more than just respectable for the 2nd game in row, overcoming 5 sacks to complete 25-35-275-1 TD-0 INTs (103.9 QB rating) in Week 9 win.
Moore’s one TD went to CHIEFS WR1 Tyreek Hill, who made a spectacular 40-yard grab on the score. Hill (6-140-1 on 8 targets and a long of 41) also raised eyebrows to the heavens when he ran side-by-side with Damien Williams on the RB’s 91-yard TD run.
Williams, who earned the starting job off big performances late last season, is finally looking like a lead running back for the CHIEFS. He ran 12 times for 125 yards, most of it coming on his 91-yard TD gallop.
Other productive performers in CHIEFS’ 377-yard Week 9 offense were: WR Sammy Watkins, who had 7-63 receiving on 10 targets and a long of 17, and TE Travis Kelce, who had 7-62 receiving on 9 targets and a long of 17.
CHIEFS defense is hitting its stride under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. It dominated the Broncos, played well in a loss to GB and then shut down Kirk Cousins and the Vikings' array of weapons in Week 9, limiting Minnesota to 308 total yards. Cousins had 220 yards passing, and Vikings stud RB Dalvin Cook was held to 71 yards rushing.
Butker saved what had been a tough day for CHIEFS’ special teams in Week 9. Mecole Hardman coughed up a kickoff, leading to points for Minnesota, then made a mistake by not making a fair catch on a punt that was downed at the Chiefs' own 3-yard line.
CHIEFS had only 4 penalties for 25 yards in losses against Minnesota, a big step forward for a team that has been plagued by flags for much of this season.
In addition to Mahomes, check status of CHIEFS OT Eric Fisher (groin; DNP in Week 9), DEs Frank Clark (neck; DNP in Week 9) and Alex Okafor (ankle; DNP in Week 9), CB Kendall Fuller (thump; DNP in Week 9) and OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle; DNP in Week 9).
Penalties and turnovers combined to drop TITANS back under .500 following 30-20 Week 9 road loss to Panthers.
TITANS were flagged 11 times for 99 yards and were called for 33 yards in penalties on one drive alone. OLT Taylor Lewan compounded a holding penalty with a facemask, and OG Nate Davis also was flagged for holding.
Combine the penalties with three TITANS turnovers — two on QB Ryan Tannehill interceptions — and four sacks allowed, and PK Ryan Succop missing three field goals in his return to action, and it's difficult to win.
Slow starts have become the norm for the TITANS, who failed to score in the first half for the fourth time this season in Week 9 loss. If there is a silver lining, it's that the second half produced yards and points.
TITANS scored 3 TDs in the second half on 6 possessions and got Henry much more involved. He had 95 yards after the break on 14 touches and scored on a 8-yard TD run and 23-yard reception from Tannehill on a slip screen after curiously managing only two carries for 4 yards in the first half against a Carolina defense that allowed Niners 232 yards rushing and four touchdowns the previous week.
TITANS finished with 431 yards in Week 9, which left head coach Mike Vrabel encouraged that team can keep being productive the second half of the season. Tennessee’s defense allowed Panthers 370 total yards (156 rushing) and registered 3 sacks and one takeaway (an INT by OLB Harold Landry).
Check status of TITANS CB Malcolm Butler, who injured his left wrist late in the first half in Week 9 after Curtis Samuel landed on his arm after making a TD catch; DT Jurrell Casey (shoulder; DNP in Week 9); TE Delanie Walker (ankle; DNP in Week 9); and C Ben Jones (concussion; DNP in Week 9).
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