Happy Game Day Chiefs fans. Today the Chiefs will face another difficult test as they must take on the Houston Texans on their home turf.
The Texans have proved to be an erratic team this year, looking very good at some times and not so good at others. They are a dangerous team with a lot of weapons, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. The Chiefs will need to be on top of their game today. They’ll need to limit mistakes and will likely need a big play either on special teams or defense to get the job done. It won’t be easy but this would be a very big win for the Chiefs if they can get it done.
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The Texans have significant defensive shortcomings. They allowed at least 24 points in each of their five games and are last in the league in pass defense.
But the Chiefs have given no indication they can take advantage. They needed a potent passing game for the first time this season in trying to come back in the second half Sunday, but they failed to deliver.
“The coverage allowed (Matt Cassel) to come right to him on that play, but there are a lot of times we try to do that to get that out of the way,” Weis said. “If a guy fumbles, give him the ball. If a quarterback makes a bad throw, you throw another one he can go ahead and complete to let him get the confidence back up. It’s just part of the psyche that you’re involved in when you’re playing.”
Now, at about 30 pounds lighter and much quicker, Dorsey can go in multiple directions — and coaches think that, as he gets more comfortable with his weight, he can combine those old instincts and his new speed to be a disruptive force on an emerging defense. The Chiefs have used Dorsey occasionally this season in sub-rush formations, and those chances could increase in the future.
Another game that’s difficult to call, mostly because of Houston’s up-and-down season. The Chiefs have held a couple of high-scoring opponents to fewer than 20 points, so there’s no reason that can’t happen again. The question is whether the Chiefs, who don’t have an offensive touchdown in two road games, can score enough to win. The guess here: They can’t. Prediction: Texans 20, Chiefs 17
“We didn’t play good, and Matt was part of that,” coach Gary Kubiak said about last week’s 34-10 loss to the Giants. “But I’m part of that, too. He’s got to come back and be better, and I’ve got to be better for him.”
In terms of generating pass rush, the Texans and Chiefs are fairly equal. The Hog Index has Kansas City’s front ranked seventh in the NFL, thanks to their third-ranked 3.19 yards per (rushing) attempt. That’s impressive, but the Chiefs don’t have Mario Williams, who is emerging into the league’s most formidable defensive ends. BWD would love to see more production from Amobi Okoye, though; after a striking rookie campaign, the former first-round pick out of Lousiville has been lackluster, if not forgettable. If Okoye plays anywhere near his potential, the Texans’ defensive front could induce nervous gulps from offensive line coaches for a long time.
The Houston Texans(3-2) are playing a close game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are this years surprise team and have the potential to upset the Texans. Their defense is good and the running game is better than the passing game. They’ve only allowed 57 points. Chiefs should win by 1 point.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen