Chiefs guards vs Texans defensive ends?
The biggest concern for the Kansas City Chiefs this week is that both starting guards, Parker Ehinger and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, are likely to be out. That means backups Zach Fulton and Jah Reid will be called upon. Both players have starting experience in the Chiefs offense, but neither has seen significant playing time this year.
On the other side of the ball, the Texans are bringing Jadeveon Clowney and JJ Watt at the defensive end spots. Watt is a load to handle on a normal basis, but he should be looking for revenge this week. That will likely make him an even tougher assignment. Clowney is reported to be much improved this year, and he looked it in Week 1.
This is where the Texans have their biggest advantage. If they are smart, they will be finding ways to get Clowney and Watt in one on one situations against Kansas City’s backup guards. If Watt and Clowney have big games, Alex Smith could be in for a long day.
The Chiefs should expect a big challenge from the Texans this week. Houston is definitely thinking about revenge after getting embarrassed last year. However, the Chiefs are still a very good football team and should be capable of pulling this win out. KC has enough mismatches on offense that they should be able to put up points and put the pressure on Houston to match them.