The Kansas City Chiefs experienced a loss for the first time in 2010 and now they’d have a chance to rebound against the 3-2 Houston Texans.
After a frustrating loss in Indianapolis, the Kansas City Chiefs hoped to bounce back against a Texans team looking to do big things for the first time in their young history.
This was another road game for the Chiefs, who traveled to Houston in hopes of moving to 4-1 on the year. The Texans wouldn’t be an easy opponent, but this had the makings of a potential shootout even with the Chiefs defense having played well for the first month of the season.
So, how did Kansas City’s week six game against the Texans go?
WEEK 6 VS HOUSTON TEXANS: OCTOBER 17TH, 2010
The Chiefs offense moved the ball well on their first drive, but Todd Haley decided to have the offense go for it on fourth and two. Initially the Chiefs didn’t get the first down, but Kareem Jackson was draped all over Terrance Copper, giving KC a fresh set of downs.
The Chiefs once again didn’t get the first down and Haley had them go for it again, this time on fourth and one where they found the end zone and took an early 7-0 lead. It was a 15 play drive that ate up over eight minutes of the clock to start the game.
After the teams went back and forth with punting for awhile, the Texans offense started to warm up, eventually tying things up at seven points a piece. The Chiefs defense kept Peyton Manning out of end zone the week prior, but allowed Matt Schaub to throw for two touchdowns in this game.
Todd Haley was a huge fan of having the Chiefs go for it on fourth and short in this game, doing so three times in the first half. The first two went well for them, but the third attempt was hindered by a false start on Brian Waters, which forced the Chiefs into punting instead. That call might have been botched, as it looked like the Texans had moved first with KC simply reacting, but that wasn’t the call, so the game went on.
The score was 14-7 in favor of the Chiefs at half time, as they were able to squeak into the end zone in the final seconds of the first half. This seemed promising for the Chiefs, but unfortunately, the Texans offense was also warmed up and ready to fight back, but only once the Chiefs went 21-7.
From there, the shootout began, as the two teams went back and forth for the duration of the game. Unfortunately, Houston scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and that proved to be the difference when push came to shove. The touchdown pass from Schaub to Andre Johnson with just 28 seconds remaining was the nail in the coffin for Kansas City and dropped them to 3-2.
This offensive onslaught by both sides was interesting considering before it began, the Chiefs were 28th in red zone production while the Texans were 31st yet the teams both put up 30+ points with the final score being Houston 35, Kansas City 31.
REMEMBER THAT GUY?
- Barry Richardson was playing right tackle in place of an injured Ryan O’Callaghan. Richardson was arguably one of the worst offensive linemen in Chiefs history.
- Mike Vrabel caught the first touchdown of the day on the fourth and one attempt by Kansas City early in the game. Yes, the defensive player and future Titans head coach.
- It was weird seeing a Texans player not named J.J. Watt wearing number 99 in Houston, but Watt was still playing at Wisconsin at this point.
- Dwayne Bowe had two of the three Chiefs receiving touchdowns.
- Arian Foster had 71 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Houston.
- Andre Johnson had his way with the KC secondary, catching eight passes for 138 yards and the game winning touchdown in the final 30 seconds.
Unlike last week against the Colts, the offense wasn’t the problem this time around. Matt Cassel played arguably his best game of the season, going 20 of 29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions.
The rushing attack continued to deflate the opposition with Thomas Jones rushing for 100 yards off 19 carries and Jamaal Charles rushing for 93 yards off of six carries. Jones had the lone rushing touchdown.
Dwayne Bowe had his best game of the season, hauling in two touchdowns while also grabbing six catches for 108 yards. No one else came close in the receiving game; It was Bowe’s day in the spotlight for sure.
This was a tough loss for the Kansas City Chiefs. They started the season at 3-0 and were 3-2 after two frustrating losses. In one loss, the defense was dominant and the offense sputtered while in the other game the offense was firing on all cylinders while the defense couldn’t make a stop in the biggest moments.
Fortunately, the Chiefs would head back home to Arrowhead Stadium for their next two games with the hopes of getting back in the win column.
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