Wild Card NFL Betting Odds & Expert Pick: Titans vs. Chiefs

Wild Card NFL Betting Odds & Expert Pick: Titans vs. Chiefs

Written by on January 2, 2018

Seventeen weeks ago, the 2017 NFL regular season began, with every team in the league feeling that they had an opportunity to make it to the postseason. We are now down to the final 12 teams, and while there are some familiar faces in the playoffs, there are also a couple of teams that need to be considered a bit of a surprise package. The playoff action will get underway in earnest this coming Saturday, January 6, and it all begins with the first Wild Card game in the AFC. The Tennessee Titans, who needed a win on the final week of the season to get in, will be going on the road to face the NFL betting odds favorite Kansas City Chiefs, a team that won their division in a rather strange style. These are a pair of teams that were expected to be in the mix when the playoffs started this year, but both seemed to go out of their way to make things difficult for themselves. It should be a good match-up, though, and it is the Chiefs who will come into this one as a 7 ½ point favorite, with the point total set at 44 ½.

Tennessee (9-7) at Kansas City (10-6) Wild Card NFL Betting Odds & Expert Pick

  • When: Saturday, January 6 at 4:35 PM EST
  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 92.9 FM (Tennessee) / 1350 AM (Kansas City)
  • Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
  • NFL Betting Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -8 (Over/Under at 44.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 4°C/39°F
  • Humidity: 35%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 21%
  • Wind: 11 mph S
  • Stadium Type: Open


Series History

  • Total Meetings: 51
  • First Meeting: October 16, 1960 / Houston Oilers 20 – Dallas Texans 10
  • Last Meeting: December 18, 2016 / Tennessee Titans 19 – Kansas City Chiefs 17
  • All-Time Series: Kansas City Chiefs lead 29-22-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Kansas City Chiefs by 31 points
  • Longest Win Streak: Kansas City Chiefs winning 7
  • Current Win Streak: Tennessee Titans winning 2

Why consider the Titans NFL Betting Odds?

You can say that the Tennessee Titans are a little lucky to be in the playoffs given that their must-win game came against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that had already punched their postseason ticket, and who looked more interested in getting out without injuries as opposed to being competitive. The Titans won that game 15-10, ending a 3-game losing skid and making it to the playoffs in the least impressive way possible. The offense once again failed to deliver anything of any real consequence, ending the season managing less than 21 PPG. It’s not often that you see a team playoff bound after giving up more points than they scored, but that is exactly what the Titans are doing. Tennessee has actually had some success against the Chiefs in recent seasons, winning 4 of their last 5 at Arrowhead, and covering in 5 of their last 6 visits there. They went 3-5 SU and ATS on the road this season.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 20.88
  • Total Yards: 314.00
  • Rush Yards: 114.56
  • Passing Yards: 199.44
  • Average Score Against: 22.25
  • Total Yards: 328.00
  • Rush Yards: 88.75
  • Passing Yards: 239.25

Why consider the Chiefs NFL Betting Odds?

If you want to talk about a regular season rollercoaster ride, you need to talk about the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a team that started the season by winning 5 straight, including a huge win on the road to the Patriots in Week 1, and who finished off the year winning 4 in a row. It is their 1-6 record in between those bookends that is sure to have some fans in KC a little concerned about how things might go in the postseason, which as not been kind to this team over the years. Playing at home, the Chiefs are huge favorites at the NFL Betting Odds against the Titans. Arrowhead Stadium has always been kind to the Chiefs, and they have closed out the regular season in fine form at home, going 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5 games there. The UNDER has been a solid bet at Arrowhead, with 5 of the last 6 games there failing to go beyond the point total.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 25.94
  • Total Yards: 375.44
  • Rush Yards: 118.94
  • Passing Yards: 256.50
  • Average Score Against: 21.19
  • Total Yards: 365.12
  • Rush Yards: 118.12
  • Passing Yards: 247.00

Latest NFL Betting Trends for Wild Card Weekend

  • Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Tennessee is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 8 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think the UNDER is the wager to go within this one, as neither team is really known for their offensive output. As far as the other wagers go, I like the Chiefs to win and cover at home. Score: Tennessee Titans 17 – Kansas City Chiefs 27
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