Expert Sports Picks: Saturday’s opening round of the 2015 NFL playoffs will feature the Houston Texans hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:35 PM ET on ESPN. Kansas City vs Houston Odds have K.C. -3 on the spread with 60% of Expert NFL Picks on the Chiefs. Kansas City (11-5 SU 8-8 ATS) has won ten in a row with a 23-17 route over Oakland coming in their season finale. Houston (9-7 SU 9-7 ATS) has won three in a row and is coming off a 30-6 pasting against Jacksonville. Who will win this battle of stingy defenses? ESPN2 News gives away their AFC Wild Card Picks. Kansas City vs Houston Odds have the Texans as +150 moneyline underdogs (Bet $100 to win $150) at BOVADA.LV
About Kansas City: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (95.4 passer rating) has emerged as a dual threat after rushing for 498 yards. Wideouts Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce provide Smith with dangerous red-zone targets. After losing All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles the Chiefs run game hasn’t missed a beat with no-name RB’s Charcandrick West (848 total yards) and Spencer Ware (5.6 yards per carry) leading K.C.’s 9th ranked offense. The offensive line could suffer a drop off with the absence of center Mitch Morse. The Chiefs defense was among the best in the NFL with a swarming pass-rush and lockdown secondary. The Chiefs 3rd ranked defense will receive a boost with the return of All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston. Kansas City vs Houston Odds Total is at 40.0 points at BOVADA.LV
About Houston: Texans signal-caller Brian Hoyer (91.4 passer rating) is not flashy but he is accurate, smart and gritty. Behind Hoyer in the backfield is bruising running back Alfred Blue who is coming off a 100-yard game. Hoyer’s main target for the 22nd ranked offense has been explosive wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (111 rec. 1521 yds. 11 TD). Houston’s hard-hitting 8th ranked defense is led by All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt (17.5 sacks) and linebacker Whitney Mercilus (12.0 sacks). The run defense has been solid down the stretch led by LB Brian Cushing. The Texans have arguably the worst special teams in the NFL.
AFC Wild Card Picks: Kansas City -3.5 at BOVADA.LV