Tennessee Titans (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS, 1-2 O/U) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS, 2-1 O/U)
NFL: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. EST
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5. Total: 38.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans will conclude their preseason schedules when they take the field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Thursday night. Tennessee has alternated losses and wins so far, with its only road contest having resulted in a 7-3 setback against the Jets. The Chiefs are also 1-2 after most recently falling at Seattle.
Some starters to play
Only on occasion–rarely, in fact–do starters play in the fourth and final games of preseason campaigns. The Titans, however, will suit up some of their time guys according to head coach Mike Mularkey’s recent announcement. Mularkey may have based his decision off of the fact that Tennessee’s starters did not look good against Chicago this past weekend and may need more reps prior to Week 1. In a loss to the Bears, the starting offense remained in the game until the fourth quarter–when it finally generated a touchdown drive. That being said, receivers Corey Davis (hamstring) and Eric Decker (ankle) will likely be on the shelf. Davis and Decker are dealing with injuries
“There’s a chance,” Mike Mularkey said, referring to those receivers’ statuses for Thursday. “It’s probably slimmer than most. But there is a chance–much greater than it’s been the last three weeks.”
Ware and tear
Chiefs’ running back Spencer Ware is expected to miss the entire 2017 season with a torn PCL. Ware suffered the injury in last Friday’s 26-13 loss to the Seahawks. The fourth-year player out of LSU led Kansas City with 921 rushing yards last year.
“Spencer was so good at everything,” quarterback Alex Smith reflected. “Especially for a bigger guy, he could kind of do everything…. That’s a guy that put a lot of time in, a lot of reps doing all of those things for our offense. He’ll definitely be tough to replace.”
Rookie Kareem Hunt will likely replace Ware on the first-team depth chart. Hunt, the Chiefs’ third-round draft pick, has impressed head coach Andy Reid with his rushing and receiving ability. Kansas City also veteran backs in Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller on the roster.
The Tennessee Titans are:
- 14-36-3 ATS in their last 53 overall
- 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games
- 14-35-4 ATS in their last 53 games against the AFC
The Kansas City Chiefs are:
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall
- 9-4 Under in their last 13 overall
- 39-16 Under in their last 55 home games
Tennessee has looked less than stellar so far, so Kansas City may not care that its backup defense will be facing some starters for a series or two. And that list of starters is unlikely to include Davis and Decker. The Titans are 14-36-3 ATS in their last 53 overall, 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 on the road, 14-35-4 ATS in their last 53 against the AFC, and 13-31-3 ATS in their last 47 on grass. Kansas City is 5-2 ATS in its last seven overall. Expect those trends to continue.