Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/31/2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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The Tennessee Titans travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, August 31, 2017. The opening line for this game has Kansas City as 4 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 39. The Titans had an ATS record of 7-9-0 last season while their over/under record was 10-6-0. The Chiefs had an over/under record of 6-11-0 and they were 9-7-1 against the spread.
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Valuable Tennessee Titans Betting Trends
The Tennessee Titans were 10-6-0 against the over/under last season
The Tennessee Titans were 7-9-0 against the spread last year
Important Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
The Kansas City Chiefs were 6-11-0 against the over/under last season
The Kansas City Chiefs were 9-7-1 against the spread last year
Key Tennessee Titans Injuries
07/30/17 WR Tajae Sharpe Foot PUP
Key Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
08/26/17 RB Spencer Ware Knee out indefinitely
08/18/17 K Cairo Santos Groin "?" Thursday vs. New England
07/30/17 DL Chris Jones Knee PUP
07/30/17 LB Dadi Nicolas Knee PUP
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Tennessee Titans were 14th in the NFL in points scored with 381 last season. They ran 1,008 plays last year for 5,728 yards, which ranked them 11th in the league in total offense. The Titans averaged 5.7 yards per play, which was 9th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 322 1st downs last year, placing them 18th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Tennessee ran for 2,187 yards as a team, which ranked 3rd in the NFL. They ran 476 times last year, averaging 4.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Titans were penalized on offense 110 times for 1,012 yards last season, which had them 11th in the league in penalties. Marcus Mariota threw for 3,426 yards last season. He completed 276 passes on 451 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.2%. His QBR last year was 64.9 while is quarterback rating was 95.6. He averaged 7.6 yards per pass attempt and 12.4 yards per completion.
Tennessee was 17th in the league in points allowed on defense with 378 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,720 yards on D, which was 20th in the NFL. The Titans were ranked 15th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Their pass defense gave up 6.4 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 18th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 388 passes on 635 attempts against the Tennessee Titans defense last season, placing them 28th and 31st in the National Football League. The Tennessee pass defense also gave up a total of 4,307 yards through the air, which was 30th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 356 attempts for 1,413 yards last year, putting them in 2nd place in the league against the run. The Titans committed 137 penalties for 1191 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 32nd in the NFL. They gave up a score on 35% of possessions on defense, which was 14th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Tennessee was ranked 16th in the league in punt returns last season with 30. They accumulated 236 punt return yards and averaged 7.9 yards per return, which was 20th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 18 yards. They returned 33 kicks for 629 yards on special teams, ranking 20th in kick return yardage. The Titans averaged 19.1 yards per kick return and had a long of 37 yards last year. They were 18th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,772. The Tennessee Titans attempted 24 field goals last season and made 22, which was 23rd in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 91.7%. Tennessee Titans kickers made 95% of their extra points, going 39 for 41 last year. Their punters totaled 3,402 yards on 77 punts, averaging 30 yards per punt. That placed them 24th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Kansas City Chiefs ran for 1,748 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 15th in the league. They ran 412 times, averaging 4.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Chiefs were penalized on offense 109 times for 848 yards last season, which had them 14th in the NFL in penalties. They were 13th in the National Football League in points scored with 389. They ran 990 plays last year for 5,488 yards, which ranked them 20th in the NFL in total offense. The Chiefs averaged 5.5 yards per play, which was 16th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 305 1st downs last season, ranking them 24th overall as an offensive unit. Alex Smith completed 328 throws while attempting 489 passes for a completion percentage of 67.1% last year. He passed for 3,502 yards. He averaged 10.7 yards per completion and 7.2 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 91.2 and his QBR was 66.1.
The Chiefs rush defense gave up 437 attempts for 1,938 yards last season, putting them in 26th place in the NFL against the run. They had 109 penalties for 797 yards on defense last year. That placed them 4th in the league. They allowed a score on 31.9% of possessions on defense, which was 8th in the NFL. Kansas City was 7th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 311. They gave up a total of 5,896 yards on D, which was 24th in the league. The Chiefs were 16th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Their pass defense allowed 6.3 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 16th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 350 throws on 598 attempts against the Kansas City defense last season, ranking them 15th and 27th in the league. The Kansas City Chiefs pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,958 yards in the air, which was 18th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Kansas City Chiefs tried 35 field goals last season and made 31, which was 7th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 88.6%. Kansas City kickers made 92% of their extra points, going 36 for 39 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,427 yards on 76 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranked them 18th in the NFL in punting average. Kansas City was 6th in the NFL in punt returns with 40 last year. They totaled 592 punt return yards and averaged 14.8 yards per return, which was 1st in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 95 yards. They returned 40 kicks for 943 yards on special teams, placing them 4th in kick return yardage. The Chiefs averaged 23.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 86 yards last season. They were 5th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 7,197.
Who will win tonight's Titans/Chiefs NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Titans +4
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