Travis Kelce via Jeffrey Beall [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] for AFC Conference Championship

AFC Championship: Preview, TEN at KC

The first of 2 championship games this weekend is the AFC Championship. The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the Tennessee Titans, a team that has surprised everyone by making it this far into the playoffs.

AFC Championship

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City, MO

Betting

I don’t love Chiefs -7.5 (+100), but that’s where I going to plant my flag on this matchup. The Titans gave up oodles of yards to the Ravens but somehow kept them from scoring. They cannot expect the same thing to happen against the Chiefs. Also, I feel that the OVER on 53 (-110) points has a solid chance of hitting. The Chiefs we already know can score with ease, but the Titans aren’t complete pushovers on offense. Both teams will certainly score into the 20’s, but I like the Chiefs to get into the 30’s.

Injuries

Chiefs D-lineman Chris Jones is showing signs that he may be able to play in the AFC Conference Championship. Also, Travis Kelce remains limited in practice but is expected to play without much limitation.

As for the Titans, plenty of people have been limited in practice so far this week. The Titans offense is expected to be at full force despite RT Jack Conklin and WR Adam Humphries missing some reps. On defense for Tennessee, Jayon Brown, Rashaan Evans, and Adoree’ Jackson are all missing reps this week but should play.

Chiefs Offense vs. Titans Defense

Travis Kelce is a PROBLEM. He is a matchup nightmare for defenses and is the focal point of this Chiefs offense. Even if the Titans somehow contain him, it’ll be because the forced the Chiefs to beat them with, Tyreek Hill? Damien Williams? Sammy Watkins? Mecole Hardman? This Chiefs offense is loaded with talent and big-play ability. The Titans have an outstanding core of players in the secondary, combined with a youth movement in the front-7. This is a recipe for potentially stopping the Patrick Mahomes led offense but I don’t believe it will be enough.

Titans Offense vs. Chiefs Defense

As I’ve said before, Derrick Henry is the entire Titans offense. Henry has been on an unbelievable roll as of late and will look to continue this run against an uninspiring run defense. The passing game has essentially been nonexistent for Ryan Tannehill and company. But, that shouldn’t matter… or so you think. The Titans are going to have to throw in order to score with the almighty Chiefs offense. The problem with this being that the Chiefs secondary has been amazing in the latter half of the season. Combine the Chiefs secondary talent with the Titans limited passing game and this game goes into the Chiefs favor. A.J. Brown will be the key difference maker in this game, if he isn’t moving the chains, the Titans offense may stagnate. Let’s see if Derrick Henry can continue to carry this Titans offense.

Predictions

Titans: 22

Chiefs: 33

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Travis Kelce

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Corey Davis

Best Fantasy QB: Patrick Mahomes, not only is Mahomes one of the best in the NFL, but Tannehill hasn’t accomplished much this postseason.

Better Fantasy RB: Derrick Henry, the Titans are going to live or die based on Henry’s production.

Better Fantasy WR: Tyreek Hill, a homerun ball or two can make Hill the top performer.

Best Fantasy TE: Travis Kelce, duh, don’t get cute.

Better Fantasy D/ST: Chiefs, the Titans are on a roll but ultimately will have to finally throw the ball… which is not their strong suit.

Conclusion

Who do you think wins today in this AFC Championship game? Will one of these teams make it to the Super Bowl? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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