Houston Texans – 31 – Kansas City Chiefs – 51
Remember when we mentioned that Baltimore and New England’s primary flaw might be that they can’t dig out of a hole? Kansas City does NOT have that flaw. The Chiefs fell behind the Texans 21-0 in the first quarter, behind two Deshaun Watson touchdowns and a Barkevious Mingo blocked punt that got taken to the house by Lonnie Johnson. Staring down a three-touchdown deficit that would grow to 24 points before they got on the board might seem daunting to some offenses, but not Patrick Mahomes and company, who’ve made a virtue out of quick strikes.
The Chiefs first score came just three plays after the Texans field goal, as Mecole Hardman returned the Texans kickoff back to the Houston forty-two-yard line before being pushed out of bounds. After that, it was a quick two completions to Travis Kelce and Damien Williams and the Chiefs were on the board. After that the Chiefs capitalized on a turnover on downs, then a Texans fumble on the ensuing kickoff left the Chiefs knocking on the door yet again. The Chiefs made no mistakes, converting every opportunity into a touchdown. Despite scoring the game’s first twenty-four points, the Texans would head to locker room for halftime looking at a 28-24 deficit.
One thing became crystal clear as the game stretched on. The Texans had no answer for the Chiefs receiving arsenal, especially tight end Travis Kelce, who had an absolute field day, hauling in ten passes for 134 yards and three, yes three touchdowns.
At the end of the day, Patrick Mahomes finished with 321 yards and five touchdowns on 23/35 passing. Kansas City would add 118 yards on the ground, which was mostly a combination of well-timed scrambles by Mahomes and steady grinding by Damien Williams (12 carries, 47 yards). Deshaun Watson and the Texans were largely stifled in the second half, being held scoreless after a Watson end run closed the gap to 41-31 in the third quarter.
Houston’s problematic offensive line again allowed Watson to be sacked five times, squandering drives and letting Kansas City not only come back from the early deficit, but walk away to a twenty-point victory. It will be exceptionally interesting to see how the Chiefs stack up against the Titans, who’ve already knocked off the league’s best defense (New England) and a best offense (Baltimore). At least the game’s at Arrowhead…
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