The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs will kick off this weekend, with the games extending into Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs are set to host the Houston Texans in one of the Sunday games, and this is a rematch of a regular-season contest. Houston went into Kansas City and beat the Chiefs by a score of 31-24 earlier this season, and it will look to do it again.
The Chiefs should be well-rested after having a bye during the Wild Card round. Kansas City finished the season with a record of 12-4 to win the AFC West and earn the No. 2 seed.
Houston won the AFC South with a record of 10-6 this season. The Texans were able to beat the Buffalo Bills at home in a Wild Card Round Game. The Kansas City Chiefs are whopping 9.5-point favorites in this game.
Chiefs Will Throw The Ball
The Chiefs threw for over 280 yards per game during the regular season, and they will throw it a ton in this game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes still managed to throw for over 4,000 yards this season despite missing some time due to injury.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce give Mahomes a pair of Pro Bowl receivers to target. The Chiefs are going to put up some points in this game.
Kansas City has been a much improved defensive team this season, and that could play a huge role in this game. The Chiefs gave up just 19.3 points per game, and they are going to get some pressure on Deshaun Watson in this game. Kansas City can take some chances on defense, because its offense will give it a cushion.
Houston Needs Some Defense
The Texans have really struggled on the defensive side of the ball, and that could be a huge issue in this game. Houston has allowed over 24 points per game, and its secondary is going to be tested in this game.
The Texans do have JJ Watt back on the field for the playoffs, but their defense needs to find a way to get more sacks.
Watson has been impressive all season long, and he is usually looking for DeAndre Hopkins when throwing the ball. Watson and Hopkins connected over 100 times during the regular season, but the Chiefs will be looking to take this connection away. The Texans will need to run the ball well in this game if they want to keep it close.
Chiefs Overpower Houston For Victory
The Texans could have easily been beaten in the Wild Card Round, but their outstanding quarterback bailed them out. Watson is capable of making some heroic plays, but the Chiefs will get some pressure on him.
Kansas City’s defense has been dominant of late, and it has paired it with another explosive offense. The Chiefs are tough to beat at home, and Mahomes will have a big game in this one. Bet the Kansas City Chiefs -9.5 over the Houston Texans in the AFC Playoffs.