The Kansas City Chiefs open their Super Bowl defending season against the Texans, and fortunately the Chiefs are healthy and good to go.
A problem the Kansas City Chiefs ran into frequently last season was that they struggled to stay healthy. Obviously the biggest injury was to Patrick Mahomes, who missed two starts and three total games due to a leg injury.
That’s why it’s nice to see that the Chiefs don’t have anyone listed on week 1’s injury report. Travis Kelce and Derrick Nnadi had a knee and ankle injury respectively this past week, but are going to play. Juan Thornhill is going to play for the first time since tearing his ACL in the regular season finale and missing the entire postseason as a result.
This is going to be a strange season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so staying healthy and keeping as much of the starters on the field as possible is huge, especially for a team looking to run it back this year.
As for the Texans, the only key injury they really have is Brandin Cooks, who is listed as questionable with a quad injury. Tom Pelissero tweeted early Thursday morning that Cooks is truly going to be a game-day decision and we might not know if he’ll be suiting up or not until the Texans take the field for the first time.
If Cooks plays, he gives the Texans yet another weapon for Deshaun Watson to throw the ball to. If Cooks doesn’t suit up, the majority of the targets will go to Will Fuller, who has had some impressive games against the Chiefs in seasons past.
It’d be a little easier on the Chiefs if Cooks isn’t on the field, as they’re without Bashaud Breeland for the first four games of the year, meaning he won’t be present in this one. It’ll be Charvarius Ward filling in at the top cornerback spot for this game.
While it’s important to know who the Texans could be without, the most important aspect of this game for Kansas City is that their team is fully healthy heading into it, which was a rare feat last year. As long as the stars remain healthy, the Kansas City Chiefs will have a great chance at running it back and bringing home another Lombardi Trophy this season.
It’s almost game time! Let’s go Chiefs!