- Arrowhead Stadium is favored to have plenty of fireworks on hand for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game
- The fireworks crew ran short last weekend as the Chiefs scored seven touchdowns on their way to a 51-31 win over the Houston Texans
- The Tennessee Titans defense has stood tall during a three-game win streak, surrendering just 13 points per game
The Kansas City Chiefs racked up big point totals with regularity during the 2019 NFL regular season, topping 30 points on home turf on three occasions while averaging 28.2 points per game over the course of the occasion. But not even the crew at Arrowhead Stadium were prepared for what the Chiefs had in store for the Houston Texans last weekend.
Odds Chiefs Run Out of Touchdown Fireworks During Sunday’s Game vs Titans
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Odds taken on Jan. 15
After spotting the Texans an early 24-0 lead, the Chiefs embarked on a historic comeback, scoring seven touchdowns on their way to a stunning 51-31 win. The scoring onslaught left stadium workers red-faced with embarrassment after running out of celebratory fireworks before the end of the game.
Today the Chiefs became the first NFL team to run out of touchdown fireworks since the Philadelphia Eagles, who in Nov. 2017, also ran out when they scored 51 points vs the Broncos. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/gyQdeVJd6U
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 13, 2020
With the high-powered Chiefs set to host the Tennessee Titans in Sunday afternoon’s AFC Championship Game, the oddsmakers at Bovada expect the Chiefs support staff to be ready for another big offensive outburst, with short -2500 odds favoring them to have plenty of fireworks on hand.
Fireworks Set off With Regularity at Arrowhead this Season
The staff at Arrowhead Stadium have been kept busy with fireworks celebrations this season. The Chiefs have racked up 31 total touchdowns and averaged 28.33 points per game while amassing 6-3 overall SU record. While the offense was hobbled early in the season, most notably by injuries to quarterback Patrick Mahomes and receiver Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs have regularly lit up opponents during their current five-game SU win streak, during which they have averaged 34.2 points per game.
Texans-Chiefs was chaotic, legendary, and so much fun
• Texans scored 24 unanswered
• Chiefs scored 41 unanswered
• Patrick Mahomes had 4 TDs in one quarter
• The Chiefs won 51-31 which is a SCORIGAMI pic.twitter.com/B49CsxzOOJ
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 12, 2020
However, Kansas City can expect to face a far stingier defense in Sunday’s matchup with the Titans as 7.5-point home favorites. Tennessee has tightened up considerably on defense during an impress run into the playoffs.
The Titans are coming off a spectacular defensive effort in their stunning 28-12 upset victory over the Baltimore Ravens last weekend, and have now allowed just 13-points per game during a three-game SU win streak that also features a 20-13 upset victory of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Wild Card Weekend.
Titans Defense Presents a Stiff Challenge
Indeed, the Titans defense has been downright stingy on the road this season. With the exception of a 30-20 loss in Carolina in Week 9, Tennessee has surrendered just 15.1 points per game in their other nine road dates, and just 19 total touchdowns over their 10 total away contests.
The last three games the @Titans defense has surrendered 14, 13, and 12 points. The Texans averaged 23.6 ppg, the Patriots averaged 26.2 ppg, and the Ravens averaged 33.2 ppg. But sure, we can't stop the Chiefs in the playoffs. #TitanUp #Titans
— Nick Shepherd (@nickshepherd240) January 15, 2020
There was no shortage of points when these two teams met in Tennessee in Week 10, with the Titans eking out a thrilling 35-32 victory as 5.5-point home underdogs. However, history remains on Tennessee’s side as they prepare to claim their first Super Bowl berth in 20 years.
The Titans have held the Chiefs to 21 or fewer points on five occasions while posting wins in five of their past six visits to Kansas City. And while the Chiefs maintain the firepower to potentially run up the score yet again, there is little likelihood that the fireworks crew make the same mistake in consecutive weeks. That makes for little value in a +800 bet on the Arrowhead Stadium jumbotron displaying yet another message inform fans of a fireworks shortage.
Pick: No (-2500)
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