The NFL AFC Wildcard Round kicks off on Jan. 9 with the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Houston Texans. The game takes place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Kick-off is at 4:30 pm ET
Kansas City hasn’t won a playoff game since future Pro Football Hall of Fame members Joe Montana, Marcus Allen, Will Shields and the late Derrick Thomas were still wearing Chiefs uniforms in 1993.
Can you expect that 22-season drought to end Saturday against the Houston Texans?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Kansas City Vs Chiefs Houston Texans AFC Wild Card Spread
The NFL AFC Wild Card spread favors Kansas City by 3.5-points to beat Houston. If you are betting the money line straight up the Chiefs pay 100 on 185 and the Texans pay 160 on 100. The game total is 40.5.
What: AFC Wild Card Game
Who:Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at Houston Texans (9-7)
When: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Kickoff: 4:20 PM ET
Where: Houston, TX
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Chiefs -3
Moneyline: Kansas City -185 vs Houston +160
Game Total: 40.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Kansas City vs Houston
Bet The Kansas City Chiefs -3.5 Because…
The Chiefs have been the hottest team in the NFL since late October. After going 1 and 5 straight up in their first 6 games, the Chiefs finished by winning their next 10 games in a row. What Houston fans have to worry about is how the Chiefs have been winning. Kansas City has won with its defense. It held San Diego to 3 points in a 10 to 3 win on Dec. 13. But KC has been winning games with its offense as well. The Chiefs decimated Baltimore 34 to 14 on Dec. 20.
“I think this team, like I said, is very confident in our capabilities,” said Alex Smith, who has thrown nine TDs without a pick despite a 1-2 playoff record. “If we play the way we know we can play, we can play with anybody, beat anybody.”
Bet The Houston Texans +3.5 Because…
Houston’s defense really turned it on in the final two months of the season. Houston won 6 out of its final 8 games in order to beat the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC South crown. The Texans held 5 of those final 8 opponents to less than 10 points. They held 3 of those opponents to only 6 points. The Texans ended the regular season ranked third in the NFL in total yards allowed, third in passing yards allowed, tenth in rushing yards allowed, and eighth in points allowed per game.
"We expect to win the division, expect to be in the playoffs," said defensive end J.J. Watt, who looks to help the Texans improve to 3-0 in home playoff games. "We aren’t satisfied with where we are right now. We expect to be where we are right now and we look forward to moving even farther forward."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
It’s tough to see Houston beating Kansas City in this game. The Chiefs might be the most complete team in the AFC. Kansas City has a shutdown corner in Marcus Peters and a fearsome defensive line. On offense, Kansas City has a quarterback in Alex Smith who completes close to 70% of his passes. Smith’s targets include the second best tight end in football in Travis Kelce and a legit All-Pro wide receiver in Jeremy Maclin. Houston’s defense is good, but KC’s offense is better. I’m going with the Chiefs.