Chiefs look to halt playoff troubles versus Titans

Sheri Evans
January 6, 2018

Mariota arguably regressed in a turnover-heavy third season, which is why few expect his team to take down an experienced Kansas City squad on the road in January. One of a few players that might hang with the likes of Hill, Jackson has played the second most snaps in the National Football League and could wear down as the game goes on. Meanwhile, the Titans limped into the playoffs with a 1-3 final quarter, barely surviving against the Jaguars in Week 17 in order to sneak into the playoffs. Hill has nine catches of 40 or more yards, four touchdowns of 60 or more yards and Kelce has more 20 or more yard catches than any other tight end and the seventh most of any player. However, Alex Smith and company won their last four games of the season and appear to be firing on all cylinders heading into the playoffs. The guard didn't practice Thursday with a lower back injury and is deemed questionable. He turned plays that could have gained a yard or two into lost-yardage snaps because he tried to turn them into bigger plays.

This one is going to be an ugly one, as the Chiefs are just way too good to be beaten at home by the Tennessee Titans.

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Kansas City has its own injury issues. This means the lead running back duties will once again fall on second-year back Derrick Henry. Coach Andy Reid didn't want Kareem Hunt to play much with the Chiefs having already clinched the AFC West championship and being locked into the fourth overall playoff seed.

Kansas City also could be without defensive linemen Rakeem Nunez-Roches (ankle) and Jarvis Jenkins (knee).

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