The Kansas City Chiefs are set to host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game with their sights set on making Super Bowl LIV. Despite the Chiefs relying on their aerial attack, Damien Williams is the biggest X-Factor for the team on Sunday.
Last week, Kansas City found themselves in a hole early against the Houston Texans. To be exact, the Texans took a 24-0 lead with nearly 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter of the contest.
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In the blink of an eye, the Chiefs took a 28-24 lead into halftime and they wouldn’t look back from there. Along with his receiving touchdown, Williams found the end zone twice on the ground.
With a win versus the Texans, the Chiefs are in the AFC Championship Game for the second year in a row. This time around, they are hoping for a different outcome than the one they had in 2018.
The Chiefs’ offense has been nearly unstoppable over the past two seasons since Mahomes became the starting quarterback. More specifically, the passing attack is capable of scoring 50 points in any given game.
On the other hand, the running game for the Chiefs has left a lot to be desired. Over the course of the regular season, the Chiefs averaged 98.1 rushing yards per game (23rd in the NFL). As a matter of fact, Kansas City owned the worst rushing offense for a team that made the playoffs.
Even in Sunday’s comeback win, Mahomes led the team in rushing with 53 yards. Behind him, Williams gained 47 yards on 12 rushing attempts as he scored three total touchdowns.
During the regular season, the Chiefs deployed a backfield that featured quite a few backs—including LeSean McCoy. But for the second straight season, Williams has secured a featured role in the offense at running back.
Without a doubt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are the two focal points of Kansas City’s high-octane offense. Throughout the week, the Titans are undoubtedly spending countless hours configuring ways to slow down Hill and Kelce.
While they gameplan for those two, Williams is a forgotten weapon in the offense. In his first six seasons in the NFL, Williams has proven that he can be a dual-threat running back.
Therefore, there are times where Mahomes finds Williams and allows the dynamic running back to make a play. At the same time, the Chiefs could use a controlled ground attack versus Tennessee.
The Titans come into this game with an offense that tends to control the time of possession by handing the ball off to Derrick Henry. The Chiefs can fight fire with fire by utilizing Williams more as a runner and keeping Tennessee’s offense off of the field.
There’s a chance that Kansas City can prevail over the Titans by simply throwing the ball effectively. But in the event that Tennessee contains their aerial attack, Williams will need to have a big-time performance on Sunday.