Early Kansas City Chiefs-Tennessee Titans Week 9 Previews & Predictions

In Week 9, the Kansas City Chiefs face a familiar opponent in the Tennessee Titans led by Derrick Henry.

This game is played at Arrowhead on NBCs Sunday night soccer Program (8:20 p.m. EST) on November 6th. And like their previous regular-season matchups, this game promises to make a significant impact on the AFC playoff picture.

Kansas introduced sportsbook earlier this year and the Chiefs are among the top teams for fans in The Wheat State to bet on through DraftKings Kansas sportsbook. The app runs a promotion where you get $200 if you place a bet of $5 and win.

DraftKings Kansas gives the Chiefs the third-best odds winning Super Bowl 57 by +800, behind only the Buffalo Bills (+275) and the Philadelphia Eagles (+550). Only Josh Allen (+130) and Jalen Hurts (+450) have a better chance of winning the MVP award than Mahomes (+500).

Titans gave Andy Reids Chiefs a fight

The Titans and their AFC South rivals, the Indianapolis Colts, are the only teams to have won multiple regular-season games against Patrick Mahomes without suffering a loss.

Mike Vrabel‘s Titans defeated Kansas City at Nissan Stadium in the 2019 and 2021 regular seasons. The Colts upset the Chiefs at Arrowhead in 2019 and dealt them a heartbreaking defeat in Week 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium earlier this year. But of course, the Mahomes Chiefs eliminated the Colts in the 2018 Divisional Round and the Titans in the 2019 AFC Championship Game.

But the Chiefs’ struggles against the Titans go back several years, well before the Mahomes era began.

A two-win Tennessee team upset the Chiefs away in Week 1 of the 2014 season and ended up costing Kansas City a playoff berth. They finished the year 9-7, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the tiebreak for the last wildcard spot.

In 2016, a Tennessee team that missed the playoffs (they finished 9-7) upset the eventual 2nd-seeded Chiefs at Arrowhead. When they met again there in the 2017 AFC Wild Card round, the Titans closed a 21-3 deficit and ended up winning 22-21.

The Chiefs are almost never an underdog at home with Mahomes. They are favored against Tennessee in Week 9, but no one should be surprised when Tannehill and Henry lead the visitors to an upset. This is one of the few AFC squads that has given Reid’s team constant seizures.

Kansas City’s defense struggled early in the season with high-profile attacks, notably with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31 points in Week 4), the Las Vegas Raiders (29 in Week 5) and the Bills (24).

The Titans will certainly be counting on Henry to take the offense when this happens. He has 332 rushing yards and four touchdowns three career regular season Games against the Chiefs.

Moving the ball against a leaking Kansas City defense shouldn’t be difficult. The main question for Tennessee is whether they will be able to stop the Chiefs’ plethora of playful weapons, namely Travis Kelce, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Result prediction: Chiefs 31, Titans 23

A lot can change before the much-anticipated Week 9 meetup in Arrowhead. How will both teams look before this clash and will their injured key players be back for this clash?

However, based on how both teams have played so far, it’s just hard to compete against the Chiefs. They should have beat the Colts in week 3, and they came awfully close to beating the Bills in week 6.

Given Kansas City’s high standards, a 4-2 isn’t a record to “impress” in six games, but it could easily be a 4-2. The Titans started 2-0 but, thanks to a rather soft schedule, managed to pull off three straight wins.

Tannehill wasn’t consistent at all, and Robert Woods was the team’s leading receiver for five weeks with just 17 receptions for 204 yards.

As long as the Chiefs’ defense doesn’t let Henry completely take over this game (e.g., 150+ rushing yards and multiple touchdowns), they should be able to win. Tennessee doesn’t have the playmakers in the secondary school to take on all of Mahomes’ guns.

The Titans will keep it tight like they always do against the Chiefs. But when all is said and done, Kansas City will have a crucial midseason home win.

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