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Chiefs Have Struggled In The Postseason

Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans

The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the football world by closing out their season with 10 consecutive wins, but they are now in the postseason, which is something that has historically been terrible for the team.  The Chiefs have lost and failed to cover in each of their past eight playoff games with their last postseason victory coming in the 1993 against the Houston Oilers. Kansas City will look to win their first postseason game since Aladdin was in theatres when they visit the Houston Texans on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The Texans are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games following an ATS win.
  • The Chiefs are 7-3 ATS during their 10 game winning streak.
  • The Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on the road against the Texans.

After allowing an average of 26.5 points per game through their first six contests of the season, the Chiefs defense locked down opponents as they have allowed a mere 12.8 ppg during their 10-game winning streak. Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season as the Washington-alum tied for the league lead in interceptions while bolstering the ninth-best passing defense in the NFL.

The years of questionable receiver play in Kansas City may finally be over as Jeremy Maclin has been a revelation with the diminutive pass-catcher racking up 1,000 yards. Maclin is the first Chiefs wideout since Dwayne Bowe in 2011 to eclipse 1,000 yards. Alex Smith has been his usual dependable self as he completed 65.3 percent of his passes while throwing 20 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

The year started just as bad for the Texans as it did for the Chiefs, with Houston opening the year 2-5 through their first seven games and lost Arian Foster for the season. Brian Hoyer has stepped in and steadied the offense after the quarterback gong-show with Ryan Mallett at the start of the year, as the veteran has thrown for 19 touchdowns while only turning the ball over seven times this year. 

Defensively, the Texans have been in the top tier of the NFL as they rank in the top 10 in points per game and yards per game. Houston finished the season fifth in sacks with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus combining for 29.5 quarterback takedowns this season.

The line opened with the Texans as a three-point home underdog and the total set at 40.5. These two teams met in Week 1 of the season in a game that saw the Chiefs win 27-20.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Texans were 3-point underdogs at odds maker shops such as Bovada, while the NFL total was set at 41 for over under totals betting.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 23-17 victory for the Texans. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Houston Texans have seen them go 9-7 and 9-7 ATS so far this season, while the Kansas City Chiefs are at 11-5 and 8-8 ATS. In over under totals betting, the Kansas City Chiefs are 8-7-1, while the Houston Texans are 8-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Kansas City injuries news.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Houston Texans at No. 9 and the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 2 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Houston Texans No. 22-ranked offense (21.19 PPG) against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that ranks No. 3 at 17.94 PPG. The Texans passing attack has averaged 239.56 yards per game, more than the Chiefs give up through the air (231.12 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Kansas City Chiefs own the league's No. 7-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 92.75 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 13 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Alex D. Smith threw a pair of TD passes in Kansas City's last match, defeating Oakland 23-17 in Week 17 action on Sunday.

Last time we saw the Jaguars, they had no answer for Alfred Blue as the Texans rolled to a 30-6 victory at NRG Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Houston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

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