Wild Card Weekend: #4 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs #5 TENNESSEE TITANS
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND MATCH UP
#4 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs #5 TENNESSEE TITANS
(Saturday January 6th, 2018 4:35 pm EST ESPN)
Alex Smith vs Marcus Mariota isn’t the clash of the Titans ( no pun intended ) Quarterback match up we’ve seen in recent years in The wild card weekend (2016: Stafford vs Wilson and Rodgers vs E. Manning) but these two accurate and mobile quarterbacks are more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Both these teams approach to the offensive side of the ball are different than most people have ever seen and it should make for good t.v. and good football.
There are a few intriguing story lines in this match up. Travis Kelce and Delanie Walker are 2 of the best Tight Ends in football and it will be interesting to see how early and often their respective teams get them involved. Another thing to watch is on the defensive side of the ball. Safety Kevin Byard led the NFL with 8 interceptions and the Chiefs still have ball hawking Cornerback Marcus Peters so these QBs had better be careful with the football because these two guys can change a game at the drop of a hat.
This game will be closer than most will predict because I can see Derrick Henry having a big day. Kansas city has the 25th rank run defense and with the bruising nature of Henry’s running mixed with the speed of Mariota, the exotic smash mouth will give Andy Reid’s Defense a hard time. On the other hand, Kareem Hunt will be a bigger part of the passing game. The Titans are the opposite of KC in regards to rush defense.
In a gritty game that will be close to start the 4th quarter, a Mariota mishap will be followed by a big play by Tyreek Hill. Kick return, run, pass or catch Its your choice but a huge play by Hill will break the game wide open and this Tennessee team isn’t constructed to comeback from multiple scored down. A late Titans TD will close the gap a bit but ultimately won’t be enough.
CHIEFS 27 – TITANS 23