The KC Chiefs host the Houston Texans next Thursday and the two quarterbacks are two of the biggest stars in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are always going to be linked together. Both were first round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft with Mahomes going tenth overall to the Kansas City Chiefs and Watson being selected two picks later by the Houston Texans.
Because of this, any time the Chiefs and Texans face each other, it’s going to be must-see television because it’s pitting Mahomes and Watson against one another. We didn’t get a Chiefs/Texans match-up in 2018, which was both guys’ first full year at the helm, but we got to see them square off twice in 2019.
The first came in week six of the regular season when the Chiefs were missing several key starters. On top of this, the Chiefs defense was still struggling mightily and this helped Houston win the game, 31-24.
Even though the Texans came out on top in that game, the quarterback battle was pretty darn even. Mahomes threw for 273 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception while Watson threw for 280 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He also rushed for two touchdowns, giving him a total of three on the day.
The Chiefs and Texans met again in the AFC Divisional Round of the postseason and this time around, it was the Patrick Mahomes show and everyone else was just a guest to the party. It didn’t start out that way though, as the Texans got off to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and a half.
As we all know though, the Chiefs came roaring back, putting up 28 unanswered points and never looking back, winning it 51-31. They were the first team to be on the losing end of a blowout and then go on to blowout the other team. Pretty incredible.
In that game, Mahomes was insane, throwing for 321 yards and a whopping five touchdowns. Watson was still quite good, but he was forced to air it out more and his numbers reflected that. He finished with more passing yards than Mahomes with 388 and had three total touchdowns.
While it’s been a very close contest between the two, Patrick Mahomes has been the better performer in both games and that should be the case once again when the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs welcome in the Houston Texans on Thursday night.
As we’ve seen in both match-ups, however, it’ll be a competitive game and both quarterbacks will have their moments to shine.