NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups

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Tennessee (+7) at Kansas City, 53.0 o/u – Sunday, 3:05 p.m. EST

While it's easy to cast the Titans as the Cinderella of the remaining teams, that doesn't really reflect how they've played since switching to Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. Tennessee went 7-3 in Tannehill's 10 regular-season starts and scored more than 30 points a game doing it; had they maintained that pace all year, the Titans would have finished second to the Ravens in scoring. Tannehill ended up leading the NFL in old-school QB rating with 117.5, edging out Drew Brees, while his QBR was still in the top 10. Of course, Tannehill's numbers in the playoffs have taken a major step backward against two of the league's top secondaries, but it hasn't mattered due to the elephant in the backfield. Derrick Henry's rampage has been going on since Week 10, when he thundered for 188 yards and two TDs against ... hmmm, would you look at that, it was the Chiefs. Henry's average performance in his last eight games, including the postseason, has seen him pile up 159 rushing yards and nearly 1.5 touchdowns with a 6.3 YPC against defenses that knew he was coming and still couldn't do anything about it. The only front seven to hold him to less than 100 yards was the Texans in Week 15, and that was when he was nursing a hamstring strain. After a week off, he came back in Week 17 and hammered them for more than

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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