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NFL Predictions: Titans vs. Chiefs to be Defensive Struggle? 1/4/18

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 06 January, 2018, 02:36

According to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray has been officially ruled out for Saturday's Wild Card matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In a way, the Titans are a similar defense to Pittsburgh, and that should really scare Chiefs fans because we all know the Steelers have Kansas City's number.

The Chiefs are big home favorites in this one, as they will be spotting the Titans nine points on Saturday. After winning five of their first seven games, the Chiefs proceeded to lose four out of their last five.

Derrick Henry will be the featured back for the second consecutive week.

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Mularkey said starting left guard Quinton Spain is questionable for the Titans (9-7) against the Chiefs (10-6) because of his back. "He is a young player who has a full game experience (last week), so to see a lot, it was good for him".

On the other side of the ball, Kansas City will have to stop the Titans rushing attack if they want to advance.

"There may be a situation where Andy says, 'let's get our A team in there and we go with Tyreek, '" Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub said.

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