While the goal of every team heading into the season is to win the Super Bowl, the reality is that getting to the playoffs is how that all begins. With only 12 spots available, it’s clear that most teams are going to end up disappointed at the end of the regular season. This year’s playoff teams have now officially been decided, which means that it’s time to look ahead to the Wild Card weekend, which will kick-off on Saturday with a pair of big games. The first game on the schedule features a pair of teams who left it very late in booking their ticket to the postseason. The Tennessee Titans needed a win and help in their final game, which they got, while the Kansas City Chiefs needed to bounce back from a mid-season swoon to win their division and get into the postseason. These two teams making it to the postseason is not really a surprise, although the path that they took to get there was a little unexpected. The Chiefs are a -8 point home favorite for this AFC Wild Card game, with the point total set at 44 ½.

2018 AFC Wild Card Titans vs Chiefs Game Info & NFL Odds

When: Saturday, January 6 at 4:35 PM EST
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
TV: 
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NFL Odds: 
Chiefs -8

Why bet on the Tennessee Titans

Every team needs a little bit of luck to get to the playoffs, and the Titans got that stroke of luck on the final week of the regular season. Tennessee needed a win to get in, and were fortunate enough to be going against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that had already punched their ticket a couple of weeks earlier.

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When you have a desperate team going against one that is just trying to get out of the season without taking any injury, the outcome tends to be a foregone conclusion. The Titans were not entirely convincing, though, and escaped with a 15-10 win against the Jaguars in yet another disappointing performance from the offense. The Titans have actually surrendered more points than they have scored this season, which is not what you usually see from a playoff team. Tennessee went 8-7-1 ATS and 9-7 O/U this season.

Why bet on the Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs took one of the strangest paths to the playoffs, and there was a point during the season when it looked as though they were going to vanish without a trace. KC made a dream start to the season, hammering the Patriots on the road and winning their opening 5 games. They closed out strong, too, winning each of their last 4 games, but wedged in between those winning runs was a 7-game stretch where they went just 1-6 SU. When it comes to the postseason, though, how you end the regular season is often what’s important, and the Chiefs were good, going 4-1 SU and ATS in their final 5 games. One of the best bets with this team playing at home has been the UNDER, with 5 of the last 6 games at Arrowhead going that route.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

If I only had one play to make in this game, I would certainly choose the UNDER, although I also like the Chiefs to win and cover.

Predicted Score: Tennessee Titans 17 Kansas City Chiefs 27

 

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