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|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|O 57.5 (-110)
|U 57.5 (-110)
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The Kansas City Chiefs are only batting .500 so far this season and quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown two picks in three of the last four weeks now with two more (8) than he had all last year (6), yet still the 3-3 Chiefs somehow manage to make it work but that stops in Week 7 if their subpar defense fails to put a halt to Derrick Henry.
After seven lead changes, the Tennessee Titans finally won the Week 6 Monday Night Football game against the tough to beat Buffalo Bills, a 34-31 victory courtesy of Titans running back Derrick Henry’s 20 carries for 143 yards and 3 TDs averaging 7.2 yards per carry including a 76-yarder to the house, a team that looks capable of giving these Chiefs a lot of trouble.
These two AFC rivals have faced each other 54 prior times (including 4 postseason games), with the Tennessee Titans winning 24 of those games and the Kansas City Chiefs winning 30 of the games.
It’s no secret that the Kansas City Chiefs are somewhat soft on defense, right now ranked 28th and the reason so many of their games end up being shootouts is that their QB Patrick Mahomes is capable of winning.
That tactic might not work against the Titans who have arguably the league’s best running back in Derrick Henry, the 6’ 3” 250-pound wrecking ball that not only has power and speed but also has a stiff arm that renders defenders useless.
To stop the Titans star running back Derrick Henry will require a strong rush starring DEs Chris Jones and Frank Clark plus the tackling prowess of linebackers like Tyrann Mathieu and rookie Nick Bolton, all necessary parts when it comes to game-planning against so strong and fasts a runner.
When it comes to putting points on the board, only Dak Prescott’s Cowboys are better than Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs who average almost 31 points per game, the Titans are not quite as effective on that side of the ball scoring about 28 points per matchup.
Everyone knows by now that Tennessee’s playmaker running back Derrick Henry can break out some serious touchdown runs, but that makes the Titans too one-dimensional to defend against so they must rely on some other sources for scoring.
Now the Titans have veteran wide receiver Julio Jones along with AJ Brown and slot receiver Josh Reynolds, so to outscore these Chiefs, quarterback Ryan Tannehill must begin to connect with his multitude of talented targets.
Now in his fourth season with the Chiefs, running back Darrel Williams is beginning to find himself more comfortable in the Kansas City backfield as he provides a counter to their already strong passing attack.
So far this season, Williams has essentially topped his entire production from last year with 47 carries for 161 yards and four touchdowns along with 10 receptions for another 72 yards, a dual-threat with soft hands who also occasionally blocks.
With a strong rushing attack from Williams, Mahomes is able to us play-action fakes in the second half that keep defenses guessing and that frees up the center of the field for receivers Kelce and Hill to slant and cross through uncovered.
On Week 6’s Monday Night Football Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry took a 76-yard handoff to the house and along the way he hit 21.8 miles per hour, a career-high making him the fastest ball carrier this season.
Henry’s numbers in that game are mind-blowing – three touchdown runs off 20 carries for 143 yards, his fifth 110+ yard game of the season – and his value to this Titans team is immeasurable, a destructive force that every defense must game plan around.
Right now Henry leads the league in multiple categories including most carries (162) for the most yards (783) and the most touchdowns (10) and the most yards per game (130.5) impressive numbers that could eventually earn him the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award…again.
|Chiefs vs Titans Information|
|Teams||Kansas City Chiefs vs Tennessee Titans|
|Location||Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee|
|Time||Sunday, October 24, 2021; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
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