Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
Date and Time: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Week 2 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Texans -1.5, O/U 43.5
Chiefs vs. Texans TV Coverage: CBS
The big question for the Chiefs heading into this week is which team will show up? Will it be the one that fell behind 21-3 in the first half of Sunday’s game with San Diego, or the team that stormed back by outscoring the Chargers 30-6 in the second half and overtime. It was a great comeback for Kansas City after looking worthless in the first 30 minutes, and the team has the offensive weapons to stage comebacks like the one it did Sunday.
That type of victory can galvanize a team and the Chiefs are hopeful it has that type of impact. After knocking off Houston in the opener last year, Kansas City went on to lose its next five games. The Chiefs are in a better place this year, but getting that second win before Week 7 will help in their quest for the AFC West title.
Houston started and ended last season with losses to Kansas City and the last one was an embarrassing 30-0 home defeat in the Wild Card playoff round. After then starter Brian Hoyer tossed four picks, the Texans realized what they needed to take the next step in the AFC pecking order. They landed their man in Osweiler, a talented yet unproven commodity, and so far the investment has paid off.
Matchup To Watch
With J.J Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and Co., the Texans have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL. They proved that to Chicago on Sunday, sacking Jay Cutler five times, hitting him countless others and forcing quick throws that resulted in incomplete passes. The Texans held the Bears to just 258 yards of offense in a 23-14 season-opening win.
Watt was an unknown entering the game. He missed the entire preseason recuperating from back surgery, but he was a disruptive force despite not putting his usual Defensive Player of the Year numbers. Mercilus recorded a pair of sacks and the group played the way most expect them to. But Houston lost one of its leaders on that side of the ball when Brian Cushing went down with a knee injury and is expected to be out for a few months.
The Chiefs have the perfect counter to Houston’s pass rush and can exploit the Texans’ second level without Cushing with a ground attack that’s among the NFL’s best. Look for the Chiefs to get the ball in the hands of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware a lot while Jamaal Charles continues to mend from his knee injury. Charles was inactive for the opener and his status is unclear. However, the Chiefs have thrived without him, winning 11 consecutive regular season games. And Alex Smith showed that he’s capable of lighting things up after directing a massive comeback against San Diego.
Chiefs vs. Texans Free Pick
The Texans opened at -1.5 but it’s a weak line considering Houston’s recent play against Kansas City. Being the home team twice last season didn’t help the Texans as they lost both games outright as home dogs. This season expects to be different for Houston because they have a quarterback to run the offense and the same stingy defense.
However, they aren’t playing the Bears this week and the Chiefs have the best supporting cast around Smith since he took over in 2013. Kansas City put things together in the second half against San Diego and showed what they are capable of doing on offense. The Chiefs also scored 57 points combined in both wins last season and the D did a number on Osweiler’s Broncos late in the 2015 campaign. The Chiefs are a sound pick on the odds at BookMaker.eu.
Chiefs vs. Texans Week 2 ATS Pick: Chiefs +1.5 at BookMaker.eu
Chiefs vs. Texans Score Prediction: Chiefs 24, Texans 17