The Tennessee Titans are looking to upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. For the Titans to advance to Super Bowl LIV, they are going to need a notable performance from A.J. Brown.
The Titans selected Brown with the 51st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss. After seeing Brown play in 2019, it's safe to say that some teams regret overlooking him in the draft process.
In his rookie season, the Ole Miss product hauled in 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. So far in the playoffs, Brown has been held in check as he's combined for only two receptions for 13 yards.
Despite his recent ineffectiveness, Brown is poised to bounce back versus the Chiefs. In light of that, here are three bold predictions for the Titans wide receiver against the Chiefs on Sunday.
3. Brown will tally nine receptions
The first-year wideout for the Titans was only able to total 52 receptions in 2019 despite playing in all 16 games. However, Brown didn't become a prominent piece of the offense until Ryan Tannehill became the starting quarterback for the Titans.
From Week 7 (when Tannehill was named the starter) to Week 17, Brown was able to corral 38 of his 52 catches. Provided that, it's evident that Tannehill's favorite receiving target is the young receiver out of Ole Miss.
In the regular season, Brown's career-high in receptions was eight against the Houston Texans in Week 15. Nearly a month after setting a career-high in receptions, Brown will surpass it with nine receptions on Sunday.
2. Brown will exceed 150 receiving yards
During the regular season, Brown flashed his potential as a deep threat in Tennessee's aerial attack. As an illustration, the rookie wideout averaged 20.2 yards per reception (second-most in the NFL).
Furthermore, Brown has recorded an impressive 20.4 yards per catch with Tannehill throwing him the ball. Considering the fact that Brown could accumulate nine receptions on Sunday, he could set a career-high in receiving yards as well.
As a matter of fact, the big-play wide receiver will exceed 150 receiving yards for the second time in his career.
3. Brown will score two touchdowns
The Titans are going to come into Sunday's game against the Chiefs with the gameplan of wanting to deploy a heavy dosage of Derrick Henry. But with Patrick Mahomes on the other side of the field, Tennessee will likely need to put the ball in the air more often than they have thus far in the playoffs.
Given that, there will be a few opportunities for the pass-catchers for the Titans to find the end zone. With that being said, the Titans' second-round pick should see the best chance of scoring multiple touchdowns.
In his first 18 starts in the NFL, A.J. Brown has two games where he's had two touchdowns. The 22-year-old wide receiver will record his third game with those stipulations on Sunday against Kansas City.