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Snaps, Pace, & Stats: The speed of the Wild Card games

Aug 31, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back David Fluellen (32) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (57) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Wild Card edition of Snaps, Pace, & Stats, where we examine trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. It is meant to be a 30,000-foot view of upcoming games, with the goal of identifying which matchups will – and which will not – be played on fertile fantasy soil.

(For brevity’s sake, all references to pass or run rates/percentages are in terms of neutral game situations. Unless otherwise stated, we will reference one-score situations (plus/minus seven points) to get a truer representation of game plan.)

Rank Week 17 Snaps 2017 Snaps/Game Opponent Wk 17 Snaps 2017 Opp Snaps/Gm
1 Tampa Bay (81) Jacksonville (67.4) New Orleans (81) Cincinnati (68.2)
2 New England (80) Denver (67.2) N.Y. Jets (80) Buffalo (66.6)
3 Cincinnati (75) Philadelphia (67.1) Baltimore (75) San Francisco (66.6)
4 Baltimore (74) New England (66.9) Cincinnati (74) N.Y. Giants (65.8)
5 N.Y. Giants (74) Arizona (66.2) Washington (74) N.Y. Jets (65.8)

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

The slow-paced Titans average the fourth-fewest plays (60.9) and score the 18th-most points per snap. They dabbled in some no-huddle during Week 15 (36 percent) and Week 16 (15 percent), but scrapped it entirely in the season finale. Even with their late-season tempo toe-dipping, Tennessee operates at the sixth-slowest seconds-per-snap pace. They deploy the ninth-most run-heavy offense (46 percent), and have handed off even more during the last month. The Titans should have just enough success against Kansas City’s 24th-graded run defense to be a drain on the game’s overall play volume, but this offense is neither explosive nor efficient.

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