The Titans ended the dynasty and stunned the number one seed. Now they have to leave Arrowhead Stadium with a win once again. Will they?
A few months ago, the Tennessee Titans were 4-5 battling the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium. Little did we know it was an AFC Championship preview.
The Titans in the AFC Championship game is something I thought I’d never say for at least another 5-10 years. Yet, here they are, one win away from clinching the first Super Bowl berth since 1999-2000 season.
I still can’t believe it. It feels surreal to think our Titans are one of four teams left standing. It is something I won’t get used to at all this week.
The excitement inside of me is building with each passing day. The Titans have a chance to do something I, myself, haven’t personally witnessed: win the AFC Championship. Will they?
WHY THEY WILL
It’s easy, really. Derrick Henry. The Chiefs have a bottom-10 rushing defense, coming in at 26th, allowing 126.2 yards per game to opponents.
Henry, the NFL rushing champion, has had seven 100-yard performances in his last eight games played. In fact, versus the Chiefs in week ten, he had 188 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
If Henry gets going versus the Chiefs in Arrowhead, I can guarantee you there is no way the Titans will lose. A successful Henry means less time on the field for that explosive Kansas City offense, and it will open up the play-action to A.J. Brown and company.
WHY THEY WON’T
Well, I hate even to have this section, because I honestly don’t even want to think about the Titans losing. But, I want to look at this from both perspectives.
If the Titans lose this game, it will be because the Chiefs finally stepped up on defense when it mattered most, controlled the Titans run game, and earned themselves opportunities on offense to exploit the Titans.
WHAT’S MORE LIKELY?
Statistically, it’s more likely the Chiefs DO NOT contain Henry, but its offense still finds success. However, if Henry plays well, the Titans will win. Mark my words.