Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebackers Calvin Pace (97) and Josh Mauga (53) tackle Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) in the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
And the Texans have not escaped the injury bug either. Star running back Arian Foster was recently revealed to have a serious groin injury that may send him to the inactive reserve, and force him to miss the start of the season. That is the biggest blow to the Houston offense they could possibly have. Foster earned a trip to the Pro Bowl last year after he racked up 1,246 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He also added another 327 yards and five touchdowns receiving. And that was playing in only 13 games. The rest of the offense has no more Andre Johnson, and currently no starting quarterback selected. So this is about the worst thing that could happen to the Texans other than losing J.J. Watt.
With both teams depleted, I don’t think that Week 1 is going to tell us all that much about who this team really is. Sure, if they have wild success or wild failure that would tell us something. But remember that the team Kansas City fielded in Week 1 last year had little resemblance to the team we watched in for the rest of the season.
Week 2, at home against the Broncos, will be a better test of who the Chiefs really are in 2015. It is a huge matchup for Kansas City, but they will still be without Smith, and quite possibly Poe. The Broncos offense may not be as stout as it was last year (so long Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and Orlando Franklin!), but Peyton Manning will still be a test for the defense, especially if the pass rush is missing a key element.
Manning is also a tough draw for a rookie corner starting only his second NFL game. If Peters has a fantastic outing against the Hall of Fame lock, then I will be ecstatic. If he does not, then I am going to take this game with a grain of salt as far as Peters is concerned.
So regardless of how the Chiefs perform, it may be unwise to base Super Bowl (or draft pick) prognostications on these first two games.
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