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With the first game between the Chiefs and the Texans in the books, we’re doing a review looking at highlights, game MVP and what we might expect to see moving forward!

Texans Chiefs season opener review
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) calls out signals as he lines up with running backs Duke Johnson (25) and David Johnson (31) during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool)

Highlights

FINAL SCORE: CHIEFS 31 – 20 TEXANS


Team MVPs

Chiefs MVP Clyde Edwards-Helaire

You could argue for Mahomes here but Helaire has been a star out of the gate. He should have really had two touchdowns and if it wasn’t for some suspect Andy Reid-ish snap rations between running backs in the first quarter we could have seen him do more. Stats: 25 carries, 138 yards, TD

Honorary mention – Texan’s O-Line

Texans MVP Deshaun Watson

I have to give the MVP to Watson out of pure pity really. His O-Line gave up in the first quarter and had him running for his life, half the QBs in the league would have been sacked 7-8 times in this game. It might have been garbage time, but he found Jordan Akins and ran one in himself. Stats: 20/32, 253 yards, TD, INT, 28 rushing yards, TD

Honorary mention – Will Fuller


Notes of interest

  1. This, unsurprisingly, looked like football that lacked a preseason and a long training camp for a few drives. We should see a lot better play as we get a few weeks down the line.
  2. With just 17,000 fans in the stadium, you’d think there would be no trouble hearing your QB. However, on the Texans first drive of the game, those fans and a cardboard cutout of Queen Liz were rowdy enough to cause a false start penalty as their right tackle couldn’t hear Watson’s frantic clapping.
  3. It seems like BOB is trying to justify that David Johnson-DeAndre Hopkins trade no matter what it takes. Although Johnson looks good, there were some puzzling plays that maybe didn’t make sense to put him in for. However, if Johnson continues to look good we could hear more hype for him.
  4. Patrick Mahomes is still the star we thought he was and there isn’t anything else I need to say on that.
  5. It’s tough to say because the Kansas D-Line is so good, but that Texans O-Line looks like hot trash, so let’s all pray for Deshaun Watson this season, COVID-19 is the least of his worries (Later note: No, they are the hottest trash.)
  6. The Chiefs REALLY need to employ someone to wipe Andy Reid’s face shield.

Moving forward

Yeah, well, errr the Chiefs and Mahomes are still a major problem and will continue to be with Mahomes and Reid at the helm. They have an indefensible array of weapons that only got harder to defend with the addition of Helaire. Their defence looks even fiercer than a year ago and I think this team could repeat as Super Bowl Champions quite easily. Obviously we need to see how the Ravens and a few others look this year, but it could be a cakewalk for Kansas City.

The Texans might be in trouble. The middle of their defence got exposed and the offensive line might be worse than 2018, Watson definitely makes them look better than they are. They have a tough schedule and we could see them winless going into week 5. Their D-Line was solid with J.J. Watt leading the charge and Bradley Roby did a decent job on Tyreek Hill but they just don’t have the depth to contend with their D. I think Watson will regret signing up long-term with the Texans and I don’t think GM BOB or coach BOB will be in Houston for 2021.


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