30 MINUTES IN 30 SECONDS
Score: Chiefs 14, Texans 10
Team Passing: Chiefs: 127; Texans: 151
Team Rushing: Chiefs: 58; Texans: 64
Turnovers: Chiefs 0, Texans 0
Leading Passer: Chiefs – Alex Smith: 13-20, 127 yards; Texans – Case Keenum: 8-12, 151 yards, TD
Leading Rusher: Chiefs – Jamaal Charles: 10 carries, 48 yards, TD; Texans – Ben Tate: 11 carries, 49 yards
Leading Receiver: Chiefs – Dwayne Bowe: 4 rec. 52 yards; Texans – Andre Johnson: 3 rec., 47 yards
Defensive Notes: No pressure, no coverage, no tackling. Fortunately the Chiefs offense was able to kill half of the first half with two scoring drives, and the defense was able to hold Houston to a field goal in the first drive. KC needs to find that pressure they were getting in the first six games and find a way to stop the run. Ben Tate has been very good filling in for an injured Arian Foster, who is out with a hamstring injury.
Key Play: Alex Smith’s 5-yard touchdown run was huge on multiple levels. The highest level being that it gave the Chiefs a four-point lead heading into halftime.
PANIC?!: A little bit. Case Keenum has proven he can move the ball quite effectively.
Final Score Prediction: Chiefs 31, Texans 24
– Jamaal Charles is creating yards out of nothing in the running game. J.J. Watt has been a handful, but they’ve been able to slow him down just enough to give Charles enough time to create something.
– Alex Smith has gone downfield several times and has targeted Bowe six times in the first half. This is something we have all been waiting for and now it is happening. The results have been mixed but hit has resulted in a strong first half against a tough defense.
– Tackling in the secondary was a nightmare. Many of the Texans first half passing yards came after the catch.
– Case Keenum has been great, especially on his touchdown pass to Hopkins. He’s averaging 12.6 yards per attempt and has stood strong in the pocket. KC has to get pressure on him because he is not going to beat himself.
– Chiefs: 13 completions to seven different receivers.