Week 7 of the NFL will feature a thrilling matchup between two dynamic offenses. The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. It's time to continue our NFL Odds series with a Chiefs-Titans Week 7 prediction and pick.
The Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) are currently third in the AFC West Division behind the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) and Las Vegas Raiders (4-2). They will face another tough opponent on Sunday who just came off a win against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills beat the Chiefs a few weeks ago, so if Kansas City can out-perform the Titans then that should put them right back on track.
As for the Titans, they are fresh off their best win of the season. They quickly shoved that loss to the 1-5 New York Jets fast and beat a tough Bills team. The Bills were rolling to start the year and the Titans proved that you can only stay hot for so long. Derrick Henry once again is showing that he should be considered for MVP this year. He's leading the NFL in rush yards with 783 through six games.
Here is how the bookmakers set the line for Sunday's game.
NFL Odds: Chiefs-Titans Odds
Kansas City Chiefs: -4 (-110), -215 ML
Tennessee Titans: +4 (-110), +180 ML
Over: 57.5 (-110)
Under: 57.5 (-110)
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Why The Chiefs Could Cover The Spread
The Chiefs can cover the spread if Mahomes can stop throwing interceptions. It's almost as simple as that. We all know how explosive the Chiefs' offense is when they are clicking. The only thing stopping them is these rare interceptions from Mahomes. It's not all his fault, however, as Tyreek Hill and others have dropped easy passes leading to interceptions. This team is too talented to continue to make those mistakes on offense. Hill is questionable entering the weekend and if he doesn't play then that changes a lot of what this offense can accomplish.
The defense is a whole new story, though. They are giving up points at a high rate and that can't continue to happen. Facing Henry is almost an impossible task. If Henry just dominated the Bills, I can't see the Chiefs doing much to contain him. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens is already ruled out with a tricep injury, which is a big blow to the defense. The Chiefs run through Mahomes. If he plays well then they will be just fine.
Why The Titans Could Cover The Spread
The Titans are feeling good after the win against the Bills. They must put that behind them because they have another difficult opponent to deal with. The Chiefs aren't at their best right now and the Titans need to take advantage of that. If Hill doesn't play that makes the offense a whole lot easier to stop. Ryan Tannehill needs to step up in a big way. He played decent last week but this is the matchup you are looking for as a QB. The Chiefs give up a lot of points and Tannehill should understand that. The game plan will revolve around Henry of course, which should release some pressure off of Tannehill.
The Titans can cover this spread if they play exactly as they did against the Bills. They will need to keep up with the explosive Chiefs' offense. The Titans love to run the ball so they can't get too far behind early, or that will force them to change things up completely. If the Chiefs are up big early in the second half, then it will be tough for them to come back. Julio Jones is questionable for the game, but A.J. Brown is healthy again. Those two are due for a breakout game if Jones plays. This could be the matchup for it.
Final Chiefs-Titans Prediction & Pick
Here is my Chiefs-Titans prediction based on the odds. I expect the Chiefs to win in a nail-bitter. With how good these teams can be, it is difficult to see how this plays out late in the game. If the Chiefs are playing well (which I believe they will), then they should win this game by at least a touchdown. However, the Titans are playing their best and can spoil the Chiefs season with a win. It's going to be a fun game to watch. The Chiefs are going to find a way to improve over .500 for the first time since Week 1. I like the over in this game as well. If the Chiefs are in rhythm then they are in line for a high-scoring affair.
FINAL CHIEFS-TITANS PREDICTION & PICK: Chiefs -4 (-110) & Over: 57.5 (-110)