The NFL playoffs continue today with the conference championship games. We’re down to just three football games left in the NFL season, not counting the abomination otherwise known as the Pro Bowl. In the early game today the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans for the AFC championship.
The 13-4 Chiefs come into this game off an incredible comeback win over the Houston Texans last week. Down 24 - 0 early in the game, the Chiefs reeled off a mind boggling 41 unanswered points as they cruised to a 51 - 31 victory over the Texans. With superstars like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs possess one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. The matchup between the pass happy Chiefs and the run happy Titans provides a fascinating study in contrasts.
The 11-7 Titans come into this game fresh off two straight huge upset road victories against the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens. The Titans offense is led by Derrick Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,540 yards. At 6’ 3” and 247 pounds, Henry is a punishing runner with enough speed to break away in the open field. Henry led the Titans to 225 yards rushing, the most allowed by the Chiefs defense this year, the last time these two teams met in a 35 - 32 Titans home victory earlier this year. The Titans running game has been nearly unstoppable in the last half of this season, going for more than 200 yards in five of the last nine games and never dipping below 149 yards in any game in that stretch. This has led a formerly moribund Titans offense into formidable territory. The Titans have scored 28 or more points in seven of their last nine games, a level of scoring not often seen in such a run heavy offense. With the Chiefs defense yielding a pathetic 4.9 yards per carry on the season, the Titans represent a problematic matchup for the hometown favorites.
It’s the Chiefs and the Titans in an intriguing contrast of styles to kickoff conference championships weekend. Enjoy the game everybody.