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Texans vs Chiefs live NFL Divisional Round betting picks and predictions: QBs to lead the way in Kansas City

We’ve got a duel between two of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs host Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET.

This line opened as low as 7.5 with a total of 49 at some books before surging to 10 with a total of 51.

The Chiefs will look to advance to the AFC Conference Final for the second year in a row after a 12-4 regular season. They ended the year on a strong note going 6-0 straight up and 5-0-1 ATS over their final six games.

The Texans are coming off a gritty come-from-behind win over the Bills in the Wild Card game. Houston finished the regular season with a 10-6 record which included a 31-24 upset win against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 6.

From the kickoff to the final snap we break down the odds with our best bets and predictions for this AFC playoff battle.

Houston may have pulled off the win in October, but even in that defeat a hobbled Patrick Mahomes got off to a fast start, throwing for two touchdowns and building a 17-3 lead before the end of the first quarter.

The Chiefs star signal-caller is known for his quick starts, completing 67.9 percent of his passes for an average of 83 passing yards per game in the opening quarter, and tossing eight TDs during that frame in 14 games this season.

The terrible Texans secondary allowed 33 passing touchdowns during the regular season, including nine in the first quarter. We like Mahomes and company to score the first points of the game via a touchdown.

PICK: First Score Method – Kansas City touchdown (+145)

We mentioned that Kansas City’s offense gets going early but their defense isn’t too shabby at the beginning of games either. The Chiefs offense ranks third in the NFL with 16.7 first-half points per game while their defense ranks sixth by holding opponents to 9.2 ppg before halftime.

Houston came out flat against the Bills last week and has a bad habit of starting slow, sitting 26th in the league in first-half scoring with 9.5 ppg. The Texans defense surrenders 11.8 ppg in the first 30 minutes and that number has gone up to 14.7 ppg over their last three contests.

Take K.C. on the first half spread.

PICK: First Half Kansas City -5.5
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The Chiefs began the season with a running back by committee situation but Damien Williams emerged as their lead back towards the end of the year. In his last four full games he played more than 70 percent of the snaps on three occasions, and the one time he went below that mark was his first game back from a rib injury (and he still got more than half the snaps in that game).

He’s coming off a big performance in the Chiefs season finale, carrying the ball 12 times for 124 yards and catching four passes on seven targets for another 30 yards.

The Texans are among the worst teams in the league at defending against running backs in the passing game. They allow an average of 6.2 receptions and 54.9 receiving yards per game to the position and Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows to utilize RBs in the passing game.

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Chiefs vs.Texans : What channel is Chiefs vs.Texans on today? Time, TV schedule for NFL divisional playoff game

The NFL playoff schedule for 2020 brings a unique set of national TV broadcasts, with three networks and the associated TV channels presenting four games over the span of two days in the divisional round. Today’s Chiefs vs. Texans game in Kansas City, scheduled to kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET, will be shown on CBS.

This game, it should go without saying, is all about the star quarterbacks. The matchup of Houston’s Deshaun Watson (24) and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (24), both of whom were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, marks the third matchup in the divisional round of the playoffs between two quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era.

Against the spread | Straight-up predictions

While the Chiefs are in this game thanks to the first-round bye they earned as the AFC’s No. 2 seed, the Texans are here thanks to the heroics of Watson. In Houston’s overtime win over Buffalo in the wild-card round, Watson completed 20 of 25 pass attempts (80 percent) for 247 yards and a touchdown and added 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

If Watson rushes for at least 50 yards Sunday against Kansas City, he will become the first quarterback with at least 50 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

Below is all the info you need to watch Chiefs vs. Texans on Sunday, including the TV channel and kickoff time.

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What channel is Chiefs vs. Texans on today?

TV channel (national): CBS
TV channel (Kansas City): KCTV
TV channel (Houston): KHOU
Live : Yahoo! | DAZN (in CA)

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Sunday’s Chiefs vs. Texans game on Sunday will be called by the network’s No. X crew. That means xxx and xxx will be on the call. xxx and xxx will report from the sidelines, and xxx NFL rules analyst xxx will explain officiating rulings.

For those who can’t watch Chiefs vs. Texans on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Houston call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the Kansas City call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225.

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Chiefs vs. Texans: What time is kickoff?

Date: Sunday, Jan. 12
Start time: 3:05 p.m. ET

In both our picks against the spread and our straight-up predictions for the divisional round, Sporting News projected a Chiefs win over the Texans. Below are the explanations.

Against the spread: The Texans used a strong ball-control game plan to defeat the Chiefs 31-24 in the teams’ regular-season matchup at Arrowhead Stadium back in October. They had the ideal power rushing attack working to keep Patrick Mahomes off the field, nearly doubling up in time of possession. The Chiefs remain vulnerable against the run, but their all-around defense has been much improved since that Week 6 loss.

The Texans don’t have coverage answers for Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, and Mahomes will be way more efficient passing than Josh Allen was against Houston in the wild-card round. On the flip side, look for former Texan Tyrann Mathieu to make a big play against Deshaun Watson to punch Kansas City’s ticket to a second straight AFC championship game.

Pick: Chiefs win 27-14 and cover the spread.

Straight up: The Chiefs are the biggest favorites in the divisional round for good reason. Not only are they completely healthy and fresh off their first-round bye, but they’re riding a hot streak fueled by Patrick Mahomes’ ridiculous arm and the mismatches his targets create. Even with J.J. Watt back in the mix to make things uncomfortable for the reigning league MVP, Houston will struggle to keep Kansas City below its average of 28.2 points per game.

The Texans will have to approach this game the same way they handled their regular-season win over the Chiefs. That ball-control strategy led to a season-high 192 rushing yards as a team and a 31-24 victory, and Mahomes was on the field for only a third of the game. While the Chiefs’ defense has improved dramatically since that Week 6 meeting, it remains vulnerable, especially against a QB like Deshaun Watson. That’ll keep the game closer than expected, but it won’t lead to an upset.

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Texans vs Chiefs: Watch Live updates, TV channel, info, picks for AFC Divisional clash

A trip to the AFC Championship is on the line in Sunday’s rematch between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs, and two of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks will be going head to head as part of the anticipated Divisional Round clash. It’s Deshaun Watson against Patrick Mahomes, with the Texans looking to build off their comeback victory over the Buffalo Bills and the Chiefs looking to extend their six-game winning streak following a week of rest to open the playoffs.

Watson and Co. looked like a new team at the end of their Wild-Card win, in which they erased a 13-point deficit to knock off one of the league’s top defenses. They also upset the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium earlier this year, claiming a 31-24 decision in October thanks in part to a three-touchdown day from No. 4. Andy Reid’s squad, however, is no stranger to the postseason, with Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and the rest of Kansas City’s explosive unit advancing to the AFC title game in 2018. The Chiefs have also been red hot since some mid-season hiccups with one of the NFL’s top aerial attacks.


Entering the weekend, the Chiefs were favored by 9.5 points in this home matchup, with a projected over/under of 51 points, easily the highest of the four Divisional games on tap. You can see the latest odds at SportsLine and get detailed info on who to pick from their projection models and winning experts or check out the picks from our CBS Sports analysts.

Join us below at kickoff to follow all the action from the game, including real-time analysis, highlights of all the big plays, stats to know and plenty more:
How to watch

Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Missouri)
TV: CBS | : CBS All Access