Chiefs vs Titans Winner Is Obvious, Says ESPN
The Chiefs vs Titans winner is obvious, says ESPN.
The worldwide leader in sports recently created a computer model to help determine the outcomes of collegiate and professional football games.
According to ESPN’s model, Kansas City has a 75.1 percent chance of defeating Tennessee.
Of course, it is worth noting at this point that both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens were also viewed as significant favorites over the Titans. Everyone knows how those outings turned out.
Kansas City and Tennessee already played once before this season. The latter squad ultimately ended up winning the Week 10 showdown 35-32.
The Chiefs largely performed to expectations offensively in that one, but just could not get it together on special teams.
As a result of a bad snap and then a block, the Titans came away with the upset victory.
Will history repeat itself? That largely depends on whether or not Mike Vrabel’s defense can slow down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The Titans defense is actually well-suited to playing a guy like Mahomes who handles blitzes well. Vrabel’s defense finished the season with the league’s fifth lowest blitz rate. It relies more on a versatile plan of attack that keeps the quarterback on his toes.
On the offensive side of the ball, Tennessee needs Derrick Henry to be Derrick Henry and for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to step up whenever the rushing game slows.
At this point, everyone knows that Henry drives the offense, so that won’t come easy next Sunday unless Tannehill gives the Chiefs defense a reason to fear the passing game.
On paper, the Titans don’t seem to have enough firepower to compete with Kansas City. That said, the same exact thing has been shouted from the rooftops for the last two weeks.
Does Vrabel’s group have one more upset in them? We’ll find out once and for all this weekend.