NFL Playoffs: AFC Divisional Round
Sunday, Jan 12. 2020 @ 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS (Arrowhead Stadium)
Moneyline: Texans +410, Chiefs -520
Over/Under: 50.5; Chiefs –10 (-520)
The Kansas City Chiefs will host their first playoff game of the postseason against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. Kansas City secured the No. 2 playoff seed after clinching the AFC West division with a 12-4 record. Meanwhile, Houston advanced to the AFC Divisional round following a 22-19 OT win against the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round.
Texans looking for more solid performance
Houston fell into a 16-0 slump at halftime during the Wild Card game against the Bills. Then Watson rallied up his troops to score 19 in the second half, which led to their OT victory. However, the Texans allowed 172 rushing yards and didn’t look like a team that was able to advance into the Divisional Round at the beginning of the game.
Houston will now be tested against Kansas City’s explosive offense, as they are ranked 29th in pass defense. Not only will the defense be tested, but Deshaun Watson and his offense will also have to play a lot cleaner in this game. Will Fuller V is expected to return from a groin injury that kept him out for a few game.
WR Kenny Stills and TE Darren Fells, however, are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Carlos Hyde is the leading running back with 1,070 yards on 245 attempts. WR Deandre Hopkins is the leading receiver with 104 catches for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns. If those two, as well as Watson, have solid games, the Texans will have a better chance of capturing a victory at Arrowhead.
Chiefs looking for a big win at home
The Chiefs has jumped to 10-point favorites, offer opening up as 7-point favorites. Kansas City overall has the more solid defense can Houston, as they are ranked 6th in rush defense the past few weeks, and 8th in pass defense this season. CB Morris Clairborne is out for this game, but the Chiefs are still capable of limiting Watson and the offense in the game.
Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Running backs Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy have split time in the backfield, Williams recording a team-high 498 rushing yards and five touchdowns. TE Travis Kelce has caught 97 catches for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns that season. Kelce is questionable, but is expected to play in Sunday’s game.
Houston has given themselves an edge to upset the Chiefs this weekend from their Wild Card victory. Despite Watson’s struggles in the 1st half, he bounced back and has showed that he has playmaker ability in big moments. It is expected that Kansas City’s one-week layover will affect them in some way, and they have yet to shine on the big stage. Still, they will be playing at home and Patrick Mahomes also have the playmaker ability. I’ll take the Chiefs to earn a big win at Arrowhead.