Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Divisional Round betting preview
For the second time this season, the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs will meet at Arrowhead Stadium. The Texans won the first one, but can they do it again with the pressure stronger and the stakes higher? The Chiefs have the perfect opportunity to avenge that loss, as win this Sunday would mean elimination for Houston. Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at this huge game.
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Divisional Round preview
When: Sunday, January 12, 2019
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Line: Texans (+8) vs. Chiefs (-8)
Where to watch: CBS
What to know about the Texans (10-6)
Last time the Chiefs and Texans faced off, the Texans came away with a 31-24 road win. But both teams will look a little different this time. For one, Patrick Mahomes was out for most of that meeting with Houston. The Texans are healthier as well, and riding the momentum of a thrilling overtime win in the wild card round.
DeShaun Watson was sacked seven times against the Bills in the Texans’ playoff opener. The Texans looked awful early on, but Watson was able to deal damage in the second half.
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He showed off his ability to create plays out of broken sequences with a couple of great escapes and led the Texans to a game-winning drive in overtime. The Texans’ offense is heavily reliant on Watson. They’ll need him to be even better against the Chiefs.
Houston got a huge shot in the arm when JJ Watt made an unlikely return to the lineup. He gave the team an emotional boost but was also able to deliver a key sack that sparked the team in their overtime win. The Texans’ defense got the job done against the Bills, but they’ll need to step up their game against a more explosive Chiefs team.
Player to watch
Wide receiver Will Fuller is expected to be back for the Texans in their divisional round matchup with the Chiefs. He was dealing with a groin injury, but barring a setback will be on the field for the Texans.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Texans’ last 10 games.
- The Texans are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games when playing as the underdog.
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What to know about the Chiefs (12-4)
Andy Reid and the Chiefs were one step away from the Super Bowl last season. But their dream was dashed by the eventual champions, the Patriots. After a strong offseason, the Chiefs entered the season with championship aspirations. But it got a little rocky for them when their MVP, Pat Mahomes went down with a knee injury. But the Chiefs survived. They finished the season as a top 10 team in points scored and points allowed per game and are looking as formidable as any team in football heading into the second round of the playoffs.
The Chiefs are stacked on offense. It’s hard to cover everyone. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill make defending the Chiefs a nightmare. Plus, with a deep set of running backs, the amount of weapons the Chiefs boast could be overwhelming to opponents.
Improving the defense was not just a goal for the Chiefs last offseason, but a mission. They added Tyrion Matthieu to invigorate the unit and it worked even better than they imagined. The tough, playmaking safety has lifted the Chiefs’ defense and turned them into a more-balanced team that’s less dependent on the offense. Plus the recent addition of Terrell Suggs could put an already improved defensive team over the top.
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Pat Mahomes is the most important member of the Chiefs’ offense. But RB Damien Williams could be the key to victory against the Texans. Williams leads the Chiefs’ ground attack that can take advantage of Houston’s inconsistent run defense. The Chiefs would prefer to win the time of possession battle and relying on Williams could be the way to do it.
- The Chiefs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Chief’s last 6 games.
Despite Houston winning the first meeting between these two teams this season, the Texans vs Chiefs AFC Divisional Round odds this 2020 have Kansas City as favorite by more than a touchdown. Looking for tips on how to bet on sports? Check out Nitrogen Sports Blog for articles and pieces on that topic.