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Chiefs vs. Texans Preview: Inside The Enemy Camp

The Kansas City Chiefs have the opportunity to go 7-0 on the 2013 season this Sunday, but standing in their way are Houston Texans.

Houston has lost four games in a row, but this is a Texans team that shouldn’t be taken lightly by the Chiefs or their fans. This is still a team that features defensive superstar J.J. Watt, and a first time starter at quarterback in Case Keenum. At the very least, Keenum is an unknown, which could make him dangerous for the Chiefs.

We know all about the Chiefs here at Arrowhead Addict, but in order to get more of the inside scoop on the Texans, I reached out to Toro Times editor Stephen Forsha and asked him a few questions about the Texans.

Stephen interviewed me as well, and you can read my answers by following this link to TT.

My interview with Toro Times:


1. Just what exactly is the mindset of the Texans’ fan base right now?

“Frustrated” is the first word that comes to mind. Fans are tired of the play calling by the Texans’ offense and all of the mistakes on the field. There were such high expectations for the team this season, but they haven’t lived up to any of them, at all.

If the Texans go into the bye week with five straight losses, I can see either one of two things … a total uprising by the fans or the opposite reaction of “oh no, now what?”

2. What’s the latest on Matt Schaub and why is he under so much scrutiny? 

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With Schaub not playing this week and having another week of rest with the upcoming bye on the schedule, it will be a wait-and-see process with him. He’s under so much scrutiny because of his decision-making more than anything.

He’s not been the same player this year as he’s been in the past, and it shows. His NFL record of four pick-sixes in four straight games didn’t help matters, and the fact he’s won just one playoff game since joining the Texans has fans wanting to make changes.

They get their wish this week with Case Keenum making his first NFL start.

3. What are your expectations for Keenum this weekend?

I don’t have lofty expectations for Keenum this weekend as he’s facing a sack-machine defense in the Chiefs. Add that to being a road game for the Texans against an undefeated team, and all of that adds up to more carries for Arian Foster and Ben Tate.

I don’t see the Texans forcing much of anything with Keenum, except for him to be a game manager with the occasional pass and possible long ball to test his arm early on … then go from there.

4. What are your expectations for J.J. Watt?

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My expectations for Watt are the same every week … to make tackles and to get to the quarterback. He did none of that last week against the St. Louis Rams, and not all of that is on him. He can’t be a defense of 11 players all by himself … sure, he’s a great player, but every great player has a cast of good players on the field with him.

If Watt is taking all the double and triple teams, there is no excuse for the Texans to not make plays on the defensive side. The Texans’ defense’s numbers are good, but they are also a bit misleading.

5. Score prediction and reasoning?

I see this as another win for the Chiefs, by a score of 21-10.

The Texans have too much against them this week for me to even begin to think they have a chance to break their four-game skid. This game is all but the Chiefs’ game to lose, and the Texans will enter the bye week with five straight losses.

I say that because the mixture of a quarterback making his first start, the four-game skid and the constant mistakes just don’t add up for Houston.

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  • Curtis

    He’s a pretty honest dude and his prediction seems pretty on par. I hope the Chiefs don’t give up 10 points, but I don’t be devastated if they do.

  • Jarad

    Unknown , first time starting QBs kinda scare me. Hopefully Keenum isnt the change of pace that the Texans needed. But im sure Hali and Houston will take care of that!

    • sidibeke

      Backups scare me sometimes, too. Teams can rally around those guys. But I agree also that this pass rush is for real and we’re going to make things very difficult for Keenum.

      • tm1946

        Chiefs have had a habit of making nothing/unknown QBs look like they are headed for the HOF. But…..that was before Reid got here. I suspect he is keeping this team grounded in that its defense is carrying us at this time and a QB who will be mostly handing off to two stud RBs should not have an all pro day.

  • berttheclock

    His comments coincide with those of John McClain, the sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle. McClain made one point about the chances of Keenum. He said sometimes it helps to not know what you don’t know. That was in regards to being thrown into the fire by starting at Arrowhead (as he called it “The Sea of Red”)

    McClain did mention two things. If the Texans have any chance at winning, it will start with the pass rush. Watt and Mercilus. But, he, also, mentioned while the Texans have been very good defensively in holding opponents to fewer rushing and passing yardage, they are close to last in protecting against Red Zone TDs.

  • freshmeat62

    I can’t get out of my mind that the Texans were one of several preseason picks of possibly going to the SB. Just hope the D doesn’t have a let down after such an emotional game last week. Same for Arrowhead,meaning the fans.

    I think Keenum will probably be like Pryor last week in the 2nd half,completely overwhelmed. If the o-line can get it’s act together, have a little pride in their job, Chiefs should win.

    • berttheclock

      I have heard several of the so-called pundits at NFL Network and ESPN place Houston in their most disappointing team of the early season category.

  • micah stephenson

    I don’t see the Texans forcing much of anything with Keenum, except for him to be a game manager with the occasional pass and possible long ball to test his arm early on … then go from there……..looks like Keenum and Alex Smith are at the same point in they careers. lol

  • berttheclock

    Geez, I was really torn about today’s game. For the first time, the local channel will show the game. Just sit back and watch the game. However, Dennis of D’s Bar on 67th and Sandy in Portland is going to BBQ some of his very tasty ribs ala KC sauce and the bar will be filled with fans of the Chiefs. No contest. Bring on that half rack.

    • berttheclock

      The ribs were great. Thanks, Dennis.