SNF: HOUSTON TEXANS vs KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
HOUSTON TEXANS vs KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
DeShaun Watson and his Texans welcome the undefeated Chiefs to NRG stadium on Sunday night. JJ Watt and Justin Houston are two of the NFL’s best pass rushers and look to cause havoc for the opposing O-lines in this one. Houston has scored 90 combined points in the last 2 weeks so Andy Reid’s defense will have to show up if they want to keep that 0 in the loss column.
Kansas city gets the ball to open this one and they started with 3 straight Kareem Hunt runs. Alex smith and the Chiefs offense looked really sharp but he under threw a corner route to Travis Kelce on a 3rd down so they settled for a field goal making it 3-0 Chiefs. At the end of That 3rd down All world defender J.J. Watt stayed down for a long time with what looked to be a left knee injury, he would be helped off the field and it didn’t look good. The Texans first drive started with a nice WR reverse but ultimately ended with a punt. The Chiefs first drive was a long and time-consuming one, which made the first quarter a fairly quick one. We head to the 2nd quarter with Kansas city in possession.
The quarter opens with a catch and good gain by Kelce. This Texans defense minus Watt and Whitney Mercilus was able to slow this Chiefs offense and force them to attempt another Harrison Butker field Goal, that he made from 42 yards out pushing the lead to 6-0. A quick 3 & out by Watson sends the ball back the Andy Reid’s bunch. Another good drive is aided by some 3rd down heroics from Alex Smith as he caps it with a short TD pass to Charcandrick West to make it 13-0. Houston gets the kickoff down by 2 scores and they lose the ball on the first play of the drive on a fumble by D’Onta Foreman. The Chiefs don’t move much after the turnover but they started in field goal range and Bukter hits from 41 making it 16-0.
In between the action on the field the camera cut to the tunnel where J.J. Watt was being loaded into an ambulance and heading to a local hospital. Read option plays by Watson, Foreman and Lamar Miller moves Houston down the field and as we hit the 2 minute warning, The Texans are looking for points. The drive is capped off by a DeAndre Hopkins grab in the back the end zone to make it 16-7 with 1:49 remaining in the half. Alex Smith takes his offense, flies down the field and hits West again with 34 seconds remaining to make it 23-7. DeShaun Watson couldn’t get much accomplished in those 34 seconds and we head to halftime.
The 2nd half starts with much of the same as Houston is unable to get any rhythm going on offense. After a punt to KC, the defense is finally able to stop the Chiefs offense and force a punt. A good Miller run and a Philip Gaines pass interference sets Houston up in the red zone. On a 4th and inches, Watson found Will Fuller for the TD. They attempted the 2 point conversion but a good play my Marcus Peters kept the score 23-13. With Travis Kelce out being evaluated for a concussion, the Chiefs began to feed Kareem Hunt but A long toe tap catch by Tyreek Hill is how we end the quarter. Bill O’Brien would throw the challenge flag but the play stood as called.
After a solid drive KC settles for another 3 and ups their lead to 26-13. The next Texans drive was The DeShaun Watson show, he escapes a few different times. One scramble was on 3rd & 8 for a first down and the next scramble freed him up to hit Will Fuller on a 48 yard bomb to pull them within 6 and making the score 26-20. After Watson showed what he could do, Alex Smith took the field to try his best to one up the youngster and at almost light speed the Chiefs are down the field and in the end zone. This TD was to DeAnthony Thomas from Smith on a simple jet pitch play. Andy Reid tries for 2 but the pass was batted down at the line leaving the score 32-20 Kansas city. A quick 3 & out forced the Texans to punt it to Tyreek Hill, he didn’t do anything except return it 82 yards for a TD. the score is now 39-20.
The Chiefs gets the ball back with 5:19 remaining and are looking to chew up some clock then head back to Kansas city still undefeated. A few runs by Hunt then a punt back the Houston. After a 49 yard return by Fuller, Watson lays a jump ball up there for DeAndre Hopkins and he hauls it in over 2 Chiefs for a quick score. After a missed 2pt try the score is 39-26. More Kareem Hunt runs then another Butker field goal puts us at 42-26. With the game already over Watson continued to sling it and found Hopkins again on a ridiculously nasty high point ball for another touchdown then he ran in a 2 point conversion to end the game with the score of 42-34
STARS OF THE GAME
Alex Smith – 29/37 324 passing yards 3 TD, 19 rushing yards
Kareem Hunt – 32 touches 117 total yards
Tyreek Hill – 4 rec 68 yards, 82 yards punt return TD
DeAndre Hopkins – 4 rec 52 yards 3 TDs
DeShaun Watson – 16/31 261 passing yards 5 TDs, 31 rushing yards
Travis Kelce – 8 rec 98 yards
CHIEFS 42 – TEXANS 34