In our heads, we had Mahomes going 14 of 14 for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first quarter. In reality it was 5/7 for 33 yards, with one of the incompletions being an overthrow to a wide open Travis Kelce.
A tad underwhelming? Maybe. Dissappointing? Absolutely not.
The realist in us should have known this is what happens in preseason football. First team offenses do not tend to show their full array of playbook in a meaningless game. Why giveaway your deepest and darkest secrets in August? NFL coaches aren’t that silly. Andy Reid is no exception to the rule.
So with Mahomes leaving the game it was down to his backup Chad Henne to lead the Chiefs to their first score of the 2018 preseason, connecting with Demarcus Robinson for the score. The latter impressing with a very tidy looking go route and catch.
On the defensive side of the ball, there remains a couple of questions. The run defence started off a bit ‘iffy but later sured up. David Amerson was penalised twice on a Texans scoring drive, one of the calls in particular was very questionable.
As the stands emptied in the second half, so did the standards. Tim Wright had opportunities to make a claim for the third tight end spot but was lacklustre. It will be interesting to see what happens behind Kelce in the coming weeks.
One to watch over the next few weeks will be the battle for the third QB spot on the roster. Chase Litton certainly showed enough to make a case to take this battle down to the wire.
Oh, the end result? Chiefs 10 Texans 17. And before you lose your mind about the loss, here’s some hope for you. The 2008 Detroit Lions went 4-0 in the preseason, we all know what followed.
August results do not matter, but it is nice to have the Chiefs back in our lives. On to the next one.