4. The Chiefs don’t need their stars to be great
This should be what terrifies opponents the most. While Clyde Edwards-Helaire is going to be a star for this franchise, he was an unknown coming into the game and took things over.
Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes only threw for 211 yards, Kelce had just 50 yards receiving, and Hill had 46 yards through the air. These three are the biggest names on the Chiefs offense and none of them had outstanding evenings, showing that the Chiefs can win without their stars showing out.
5. The offensive line looked tremendous
Offensive line has been very up and down for the Chiefs over the years, but we started to see it become a good unit in the back half of the 2019 regular season. They played incredibly well in week 1, allowing just 1 sack on Mahomes and opening up holes for Edwards-Helaire.
Kelechi Osemele garned a lot of attention for how solid he looked in that left guard spot and it really looked like he and Eric Fisher had built some good chemistry on the left side of the line. Mitchell Schwartz – who didn’t give up a single pressure in the postseason last year – was the one who allowed the sack and that’s a rarity for sure.
Keeping Mahomes upright is the most important thing this team can do and the offensive line did about as good a job at that as we could have hoped.
There are still 15 regular season games to be played, but it was hard to be disappointed with the Kansas City Chiefs for their efforts on Thursday night. They took it to the Texans and did so in dominant fashion.
Next up: A date with the Los Angeles Chargers in their new (empty) stadium next Sunday.