The Kansas City Chiefs have now lost their first game. How will they respond? The task this week will not be an easy order, as they welcome the Houston Texans to town. The Texans have been an up and down squad so far this season. However, Deshaun Watson and the offense are coming off their best game so far. The Houston Texans were able to score 53 points last week in a route of the Atlanta Falcons.
Given where both teams currently sit, it would not be a surprise to see this contest be a shootout. The Chiefs hope to get back on track, but Houston has a lot of pride. There is also a handful of proven veterans on this Texans team too. Now let’s get to know the Chiefs opponent for this week. From behind enemy lines, here is our view of the Houston Texans.
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This Houston Texans offense is winning on long plays down the field right now. This was evident last week. Watson seemed to be locked in. He was able to sling it around the yard with ease. Watson’s big arm is for sure a major part of these big plays. However, the weapons Houston has around him have finally complemented his style perfectly. We’ve seen the success he’s generated with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Though now, the tight ends are thriving and these running backs are more sure handed than those they have had in the past. Overall, they are tough to defend. It also helps that Hopkins is one of the best wide receivers in the league. He seems to come down with anything and Hopkins can also get hard to defend quickly.
The Body Guards
Last season, the Houston Texans easily had one of the worst offensive lines in the league. The Texans allowed the most sacks (62) and quarterback hits (126) in 2018. They didn’t seem to improve those ranks enough in the offseason. A late August trade for Laremy Tunsil helped that cause to a degree. But, Houston is still in the bottom ten in the league in sacks allowed (18) and quarterback hits allowed (33) already through five games. As much as Watson can escape pressure on his own, the Chiefs struggling pass rush may have a chance to get going with this matchup on Sunday.
On the defensive side, the Houston Texans have enjoyed a strong start. This is especially true about the front seven. They have 15 sacks so far, which is good enough for ninth in the league. Nine of those sacks have come from the combination of JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus. We saw how much the Kansas City offensive line struggled last week. As a result, the Chiefs added veteran free agent Stefen Wisniewski. This is a defense full of well seasoned veterans who aren’t afraid to wreck an offensive gameplan. The Chiefs must be ready for anything from this group.
That will wrap up our view of the Houston Texans from behind enemy lines. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.