Game Previews

Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs

Location

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo

 

Time

1pm ET

6pm UK time

 

Coverage

CBS

Game Pass

Chiefs Radio Network

Sky Sports

 

Team Records

Chiefs 4-1

Texans 3-2

 

Last 3 games

8th Oct 2017 Chiefs 42 @ Texans 34

18th Sept 2016 Chiefs 12 @ Texans 19

9th Jan 2016 Chiefs 30 @ Texans 0

 

The story so far

Injuries. There are only so many you can take, especially at key positions. Next man up is all well and good but when that next man stands on your quarterback’s ankle and hobbles him that’s not a positive contribution. Any team missing WR1, WR2, LT, LG and with a gimpy QB would struggle. Especially when the defence is doing a remarkably convincing impression of last season’s shambles. The story was that the D only needs to be average this season, that looks like lofty heights from here.

The Texans are a mystery wrapped in an enigma. On paper, they should be a real force in the AFC. They have a great QB, a pair of stud WR and some stars on D. And yet, they really do blow hot and cold. Catch them on their good days and they can stack a 50 burger on you like they did to a woeful Atlanta Falcons last week. On their bad days, they do well to get to double figures and get beat by the Panthers backup QB.

Which Texans team that turns up will go a long way to determining the outcome of this one.

 

Head to head

Chiefs lead 6-4

 

Team Leaders

Passing

Att

Cmp

Yds

TDs

Patrick Mahomes

195

128

1831

11

Rushing

Car

Yds

Avg

TDs

LeSean McCoy

40

214

5.4

2

Patrick Mahomes

15

81

5.4

0

Receiving

Rec

Yds

Avg

TDs

Travis Kelce

28

439

15.7

1

Sammy Watkins

23

365

15.9

3

Demarcus Robinson

17

281

16.5

3

Mecole Hardman

12

246

20.5

2

One to watch

Byron Pringle

In the spirit of a positive next man up, the loss of Hill and Watkins has meant opportunities for others and Pringle stepped up last week with a 6 rec for 103 yard game. He’s quick, runs good routes and can catch. A winning combination. He also seems to have a good connection with Mahomes too. It looks like Watkins won’t play this week and I’d be surprised if they risked Hill so look for Pringle to feature heavily again.

 

Key Matchup

Cam Erving v JJ Watt

I write that and I wince as I do. If I were the Texans I’d be doing everything possible to get that match up. JJ Watt hasn’t done great against KC in recent outings, against Erving he could have a field day. Chiefs need to give him help, play 2 TE sets with both on that side, whatever it takes to keep Mahomes upright and moving freely.

 

Injuries

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. WED. PART. THURS. PART. FRI. GAME STATUS
Eric Fisher T Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Chris Jones DT Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Dorian O’Daniel LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Sammy Watkins WR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Andrew Wylie G Ankle DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Tyreek Hill WR Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
Anthony Hitchens LB Groin LP LP LP Questionable
Cam Erving T Knee FP FP FP
Patrick Mahomes QB Ankle FP FP FP
LeSean McCoy RB Ankle FP FP FP
Alex Okafor DE Hip FP FP FP
Anthony Sherman FB Shoulder FP FP FP

HOUSTON TEXANS

PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. WED. PART. THURS. PART. FRI. GAME STATUS
Greg Mancz C/G Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
DeAndre Hopkins WR Not Injury Related LP
Taiwan Jones RB Hip LP LP LP Questionable
Kenny Stills WR Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Tashaun Gipson Sr. S Wrist/Hip FP FP LP
Carlos Hyde RB Shoulder/Thigh FP FP FP
Peter Kalambayi ILB Hand FP FP FP
A.J. Moore Jr. S Knee FP FP FP
Johnathan Joseph CB Hamstring LP Questionable

What they said

Carlos Hyde

“You know what, it’s getting real personal now,” Hyde said in a light-hearted tone, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “Neither one of them (Andy Reid or Chiefs GM Brett Veach) called me. Somebody I’ve never spoke to called me. It was like, ‘We just traded you to the Texans.”

Hyde added he still doesn’t know who the mysterious person was — and for that reason, he will feel “a little something extra” when the Texans play the Chiefs on Sunday.

 

What we said

Andy Reid talking about new LG Stefen Wisniewski

“Well he’s capable of starting,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday. “It’s just a matter of getting in and learning it right now. But he’s played a long time in the league. He’s been a starter at guard, been a starter at center.”

Reid added the 6-foot-3, 305-pound guard would be ready if needed but the Chiefs are “just [giving] him a chance to learn right now.”

 

Odds

Handicap is Texans +4

Match points  over 55

I’m taking both of these.

 

Prediction

I think the good Texans turn up this week and are just too much to handle. I don’t expect the D to stop Hopkins and Fuller, Watson can run and Hyde is motivated. On offence, we’ve just too many injuries. I’m fully expecting a shoot out but I think Houston has too much for us right now.

 

Chiefs 34 Texans 41

 

 

 

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