In the opening game of the NFL postseason, the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) travel to take on the AFC South champion Houston Texans (9-7). Although the Chiefs have won 10 straight games, they will be on the road because they are a wild card team whereas Houston won their division. Houston has won 5 out of their last 7 and earned their spot.
Week 1: Kansas City 27, Houston 20
When the Chiefs Have the Ball:
The Chiefs strength on offense is their ability to not turn the ball over. During their ten game win streak they only turned the ball over 7 times. Even without Jamaal Charles Kansas City likes to run the ball a lot. J.J. Watt and Houston’s strong defensive line will have their work cut out for them.
Alex Smith has a couple of reliable targets to throw to in Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin, but the key to slowing their offense is shutting down the run.
When the Texans Have the Ball:
Brian Hoyer is back at quarterback after missing a few games and he’s been pretty solid for the Texans. He’s still not a big time playmaker and might struggle against elite defenses. And that’s what the Chiefs have right now. Justin Houston is one of the premier pass rushers in the league and will give the Texans all kinds of problems.
Marcus Peters Vs. DeAndre Hopkins
The Texans will likely struggle to score anyways but if Peters can get the best of Hopkins the game won’t be close.