Kansas City Chiefs: 5 things we learned in week 1 win vs Texans

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs took down the Houston Texans in week 1, winning the game 34-20. What did we learn about the defending Super Bowl champions?

It didn’t even really look like the Kansas City Chiefs had taken much time off, if any, from the time when they won the Super Bowl to the game on Thursday night, as they steamrolled the AFC South champion Houston Texans to the score of 34-20.

The score was much more generous to the Texans, as it was 31-7 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Houston was able to pad their stats in garbage time, but let it be known that their defense had an incredibly tough time getting off of the field in this one.

What did we learn about the Chiefs in their season opener?

1. The Chiefs can run the ball now

The biggest weakness that the KC Chiefs had on offense last year was their inability to have a consistent rushing attack. That doesn’t appear to be the case in 2020.

Yes, it’s just one game, but rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire put the Chiefs run game on the map. The first round pick had 25 carries for 138 yards and 1 touchdown, now making the Chiefs offense a cast of pick your poison. If you want to try to stack up against Edwards-Helaire, then the wide receivers and tight ends will be able to make more plays.

If, however, you try to simply double team either Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, that’s going to open things up for Edwards-Helaire to run roughshod over defenses. He was the missing link to an offense that was already explosive.

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