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Chiefs hold off surprisingly competitive Texans

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With the reeling Texans traveling to face undefeated Kansas City, the game was supposed to be a blowout. But a surprisingly game Texans team kept it close throughout until a costly mistake finally cost Houston the game.

That mistake came when Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali drilled Texans quarterback Case Keenum from behind to force a fumble that Kansas City recovered, allowing them to run out the rest of the clock to seal a 17-16 win.

Keenum, who until this week was a third-stringer who had never played in an NFL game, turned in a solid performance in the first start of his career, playing very well against a tough Chiefs defense. Keenum completed 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions.

But the Chiefs’ stout defense would turn out to be too much for the Texans’ offense in the end, and Keenum really began to feel the Chiefs’ pass rush late in the game. Kansas City pressures quarterbacks better than any other team in the NFL, and that was on display today.

And so the Chiefs improve to a surprising 7-0. Andy Reid has engineered a tremendous turnaround.

The Texans, meanwhile, stumble to a 2-5 record. But they might have just found their new quarterback.

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  1. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2013 7:28 PM

    The Chiefs need turnovers to beat good teams, because check down Charlie sure isn”t going to do it.

    Enjoy your hollow victories while you can, Chiefs fans.

  2. bobvancouver says: Oct 20, 2013 7:29 PM

    Keenum looked good, I thought he was going to beat us.

  3. dualprime says: Oct 20, 2013 7:30 PM

    Chiefs, score 17 against the Broncos and see how your day goes.

  4. nfl4days says: Oct 20, 2013 7:30 PM

    You could see the whole team play with more energy with keenum in the game. He should start no doubt

  5. bloodisred says: Oct 20, 2013 7:32 PM

    Keenum has a future.

  6. realfootballfan says: Oct 20, 2013 7:32 PM

    Vintage Andy Reid victory. I know Eagle fans are wondering why he couldn’t find Sutton to run his defense after the great Jim Johnson died. Also, can Texan fans finally admit it’s the system even more than their crappy QB group? You’re never going to win anything with that predictable yard racking but scoring deficient zone blocking/bootleg passing offense unless you put a Hall of Famer at QB, and they don’t exactly grow on trees and particularly don’t grow on trees to fit that system.

    Just finally blow up Kubiak and start over with a new coach and QB combo next year who will bring in a real offense. That’s going to predicate getting different offensive linemen to fit and also probably different RBs to fit, not to mention that Andre Johnson has lost two steps. Good luck with all that.

  7. chief67 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    Houston didn`t surprise me one bit , they have plenty of talent . I really can`t understand why they aren`t winning …

  8. yelix says: Oct 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    Few thoughts, from a Chiefs fan:

    Very impressed with Keenum. Good defense, hostile environment, and he played a mostly mistake-free game. I think he has a bright future.

    Alex Smith was mostly pretty good today, but the bad decision on 4th & goal and the INT almost cost us the game.

    Houston is too talented to be 2-5. That’s a darn good football team. Kubiak wasting their timeouts in the second half cost them the game.

  9. bobvancouver says: Oct 20, 2013 7:34 PM

    You’re funny joe. You may need some listerine for as much as you talk out your fanny.

  10. jk86nfl says: Oct 20, 2013 7:36 PM

    Keenum is the real deal.

    @joetoronto: last I checked, there’s only two letters that define a team, W & L. Hollow?

  11. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 20, 2013 7:38 PM

    The bookies cleaned up on this one.

  12. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Oct 20, 2013 7:41 PM

    There’s joetoronto, talking like his team has won recently. I guess the bye is pretty much a win for the raiders. Case keenum looks like the real deal. As much as one can after 1 nfl game that is.

  13. themonkeyman says: Oct 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    Here comes the Chipmobile with the midnight green clowns piling from it to remind Chief fans all about how none of this matters, Andy’s 7-0 is just an illusion & he will blow it in the playoffs, as the Chipmonster machine is 3-4. We know, Chippy is cleaning up Andy’s mess, there WERE 4-12 last year…As Reid takes a team with a 2-14 record to an undefeated mark almost half way through the season. LOL at the NFL’s worst fans.

  14. dualprime says: Oct 20, 2013 7:43 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Oct 20, 2013 7:32 PM
    Vintage Andy Reid victory. I know Eagle fans are wondering why he couldn’t find Sutton to run his defense after the great Jim Johnson died. Also, can Texan fans finally admit it’s the system even more than their crappy QB group? You’re never going to win anything with that predictable yard racking but scoring deficient zone blocking/bootleg passing offense unless you put a Hall of Famer at QB, and they don’t exactly grow on trees and particularly don’t grow on trees to fit that system.

    Just finally blow up Kubiak and start over with a new coach and QB combo next year who will bring in a real offense. That’s going to predicate getting different offensive linemen to fit and also probably different RBs to fit, not to mention that Andre Johnson has lost two steps. Good luck with all that.
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    Hmm, all this genius commentary after the Texans lose by one whole point against the mighty Chiefs. I kept this simple so you wouldn’t have to think.

  15. htowntexan says: Oct 20, 2013 7:44 PM

    Kubiack is a moron. He will start Schaub again in two weeks. Owner needs to get rid of him, or move on to his next investment. We’ve suffered long enough with this idiot.

  16. orivar says: Oct 20, 2013 7:45 PM

    Realfootballfan is a realfootball idiot. This is not a vintage Andy Reid system as even with Brad was the OC, Andy ran a high scoring offense. The Chiefs are in their first year and getting the system together which is evident by the play calling, it’s simple and effective and each week they’re doing more than the last and getting more efficient. Say what you want the Texans are still talented on defense and came to play but the Chiefs were able to still advance. They are only improving and will soon be a true vintage Andy Reid offense.

  17. chiefdt58 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:46 PM

    Go Argonauts! Amiright joe? Eh?

  18. fnf417 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:46 PM

    Chiefs offense could have played better but,the defense continues to put a clamp on teams in the 4th quarter…..in regards to playing Denver its gonna be a tough game defensively no matter which team plays them!

  19. michael092468 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:48 PM

    I just checked the standings and they don’t have a column for hollow victories. They just have wins and losses. We better contact the NFL so they can fix that I guess. LOL

  20. axespray says: Oct 20, 2013 7:49 PM

    Could we even imagine this headline a year or two ago?

    It’d be “Valiant Chiefs pull huge upset!”

    Man… this league moves fast.

  21. scrotiemcb says: Oct 20, 2013 7:50 PM

    The Chiefs holding off bad teams has been the story of their mirage start.

  22. mrwalterisgod says: Oct 20, 2013 7:50 PM

    KC is a team that will go as far as their Defense takes them. Alex Smith is *insert backhanded compliment*. I wouldn’t be betting on them to beat Denver. Anyone else in the AFC, sure.

  23. bobarian1 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:51 PM

    What does “might have” in the last sentence mean.

    Shaub just lost his job.

  24. michael092468 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:52 PM

    I am now wondering if JoeToronto trashes everybody else’s team to feel better. That would seem like a hollow victory to me but maybe I am wrong.

  25. fnf417 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:54 PM

    This game could have been an 8 point win instead of a 1 point if they didn’t kneel the game away

  26. texanfan62 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:56 PM

    Chiefs got a hell of a defense, but Kubiak Cost the Texans the game with his “playing not to lose” offensive play calling. If he would let Keenum loose, throw more downfield, and fire the stupid Special Teams Coach, they would have won. KC’S a hell of a team, they’ll challenge Denver for the Dvision Title, hope they win it. For the Texans, the season is lost, Cushing’s done, Foster might be done for a few weeks, and Kubiak needs to GO!

  27. sopadegato says: Oct 20, 2013 8:02 PM

    And to do it they only needed to have Jamaal Charles pull his best Ndamukong Suh impression and take out two of the Texans’ stars with some questionable hits. Pretty easy to roll over the Texans D then.

    He needs to be careful, or he’ll start giving Richie Incognito some competition for his “Dirtiest Player in the Game” trophy.

  28. Patriot42 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:05 PM

    Anyone with half a brain expected the Texans to come out ready to play.

  29. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 20, 2013 8:05 PM

    Don’t be angry at joetoronto. He’s still reeling from the tuck rule game and the Carson Palmer trade.

  30. htowntexan says: Oct 20, 2013 8:08 PM

    Kubiack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 20, 2013 8:08 PM

    As an Eagles fan I’m happy for Reid. That doesn’t mean he didn’t need to be fired by the Eagles. His last two years were a disgrace and he was the main reason for sooo many poor choices– couldn’t replace Jim Johnson (let’s make the O-line coach the defensive coordinator), bringing in Jim Washburn, wasting a 1st round pick on a 26 year firefighter from Canada (1 in a long line of draft pick disasters), depleted the defense of all talent (he was unable to do anything for the team’s defense), bringing in his son to work with strength and conditioning (enough said). The Eagles under Reid had their success when the defense was not made up of Reid’s draft picks/free agents.

  32. shlort says: Oct 20, 2013 8:17 PM

    I made a comment about how the Cheifs would make the playoffs this season when there was an article up about playoff picks in the pre-season. I got laughed at..lol. I did pick them to exit early though and I’ll stick with that seeing as most over achiever type teams don’t fare well against seasoned playoff teams.

  33. jbaxt says: Oct 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    Math of a raider fan; “Chiefs need turnovers to win”. KC turned it over 2 times, the Texans 1. KC lost the turnover battle DA. Of corse if my team hadn’t had a winning season in 12 years, I’d be stupid too.

  34. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 20, 2013 8:32 PM

    “Chiefs hold off surprisingly competitive Texans”

    Accurate headline – but few would have thought it would be an accurate Subject Header just 8 weeks ago.

  35. realfootballfan says: Oct 20, 2013 8:45 PM

    dualprime,

    You don’t have to keep anything simple for me, but rather you need to come to the realization that your team is on the decline. Losing by a point to the “mighty” Cheifs who are doing it with mirrors and a great defensive effort, which is kind of what I said in my first post about it being a vintage Andy Reid victory (see Eagle criticisms of him when Jim Johnson’s defense gave him these kinds of wins routinely), is something to crow about. But keep thinking scrubby Keenum is the answer to getting you to a Super Bowl, just like you sat by patiently while your window opened and shut while you waited on Schaub.

    It’s almost as pathetic as the Chief fans thinking that Alex Smith can get them anywhere, even in the watered down AFC these days just because they’re undefeated right now. They are the same team they were in 2010 under Haley with better coaching. They don’t turn the ball over, their offense stinks otherwise, and their defense is great whereas it was simply good that year. And they will get rolled just like that team did as soon as they play the Patriots or Broncos in the playoffs.

    But hey, you keep thinking Kubiak and his dated zone blocking scheme is going anywhere besides a win over sorry Andy Dalton in the playoffs. Prediction, you’ll be waiting for a loooong time.

  36. kcflake says: Oct 20, 2013 8:55 PM

    The chiefs defense can’t be stopped. 7-0 baby. Whew. Feels spool good.

  37. robertopicadillo says: Oct 20, 2013 9:00 PM

    I guarantee the chiefs won’t win a playoff game. Alex smith is garbage

  38. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 20, 2013 9:03 PM

    Wow. A lot of hate on hear for the Chiefs. Chiefs are 7-0 and all chief fans are laughing at your hate. A win is a win, end of story. I look forward to Denver, as it will be a test for both the offense and defense of K.C. And if the Chiefs beat Denver, you guys will still be on here making up excuses and reasons as to why the Chiefs won it. I can hear it now. You’ll blame it on the officials or say they just got lucky because you can’t stand losing, whatever team you cheer for. Good win K.C.

  39. multiplemiggs says: Oct 20, 2013 9:08 PM

    Kansas City is a s-hole and the Chiefs are overrated garbage pucked from other crap teams.

  40. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 20, 2013 9:09 PM

    @joetoronto

    The Raiders are terrible. The Chiefs are undefeated. Deal with it, troll. And find something better to do with your life.

  41. jjackwagon says: Oct 20, 2013 9:16 PM

    Hey Trollonto,

    This just in, hollow victories are still better than losses. Which your team seems to like.

  42. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 20, 2013 11:16 PM

    realfootballfan says,

    “Its almost as pathetic as Chief fans thinking Alex Smith can get them anywhere”

    Oh, realfootballfan… Do you mean “anywhere” like, maybe 7-0???

  43. rodh32340 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:20 AM

    Lets give them their due…the KC Chiefs are the ONLY undefeated team in the NFL right now!

  44. deadtillcofffee says: Oct 21, 2013 12:27 AM

    Broncos lost… Do we put that in the loss column or the hollow loss column? I forget

  45. thuilen says: Oct 21, 2013 7:26 AM

    Andy Reid is winning games the same way he did during his hay days in Philadelphia, with a great defense (that he knows nothing about), and a quarterback that throws very few interceptions. Wait until next year when his defensive co-ordinator get a head coaching job and he hires Juan Castillo for the job. Then we see the real Andy. Jim Johnson made Andy Reid.

  46. sb139422 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:39 AM

    I may be wrong, but it looks to me that on that last fumble he was never touched when he had full possession of the ball after the recovery and the play should’ve been ruled a touchdown. “Why does it matter”, you ask? Well besides for 6 fantasy points, there was the spread of 6.5 that the chiefs would have beat, and an over/under of 40 that would have pushed. If it was the wrong call, a lot of money was lost and gained by the wrong people.

  47. repmochief50 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:22 AM

    mrwalterisgod says:
    Oct 20, 2013 7:50 PM
    KC is a team that will go as far as their Defense takes them. Alex Smith is *insert backhanded compliment*. I wouldn’t be betting on them to beat Denver. Anyone else in the AFC, sure
    …………………………………………………………………
    You obviously didn’t watch the game. Offense scored 17 pts on the #1 ranked Defense and the line is looking better. But we know our Defense is our strong-point and will take that bet….you did watch their game last night right?

  48. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:32 AM

    I knew this would be a competitive game because he Chiefs aren’t as good as their record says because the competition they have played has been very suspect. They have a top defense with excellent pass rush but there are holes there. Alex Smith I think is ok but he is limited in what he can do.

    The Texans had an undrafted rookie free agent starting his first game at QB on the road, their starting HB got injured in the first quarter and they lost the game by 1 point (more like 8 points) to a 2-4 team.

    From Week 11 on, you’re going to start seeing if this team is the real deal or not. Maybe you guys are but I think things got exposed here a bit.

  49. rsmoore27 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:33 AM

    sb139422 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:39 AM

    I may be wrong, but it looks to me that on that last fumble he was never touched when he had full possession of the ball after the recovery and the play should’ve been ruled a touchdown. “Why does it matter”, you ask? Well besides for 6 fantasy points, there was the spread of 6.5 that the chiefs would have beat, and an over/under of 40 that would have pushed. If it was the wrong call, a lot of money was lost and gained by the wrong people.

    …………………………………………………….

    You might be correct about the call, but it was a benefit for KC that it wasn’t a TD and it’s partially faulty logic to argue about the impact on the sportsbooks.

    If it’s a TD and Chiefs convert XP, they go up 8 with at least 90 seconds on the clock I think. Texans would have had a KO return and an opportunity to drive field and score, add a 2-pt conversion and send to OT. Is it likely? Not really, but you never know in this league, especially when a Defense starts playing Prevent to stop a long TD. Yes, the Total points outcome would have changed and there would have been 6 more fantasy points, but it’s tough to argue the impact on the spread since the Texans didn’t get the ball back.

    Chiefs made correct decision to kneel it and not add 7 points.

  50. sb139422 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:39 PM

    rsmoore27 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 11:33 AM
    sb139422 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:39 AM

    I may be wrong, but it looks to me that on that last fumble he was never touched when he had full possession of the ball after the recovery and the play should’ve been ruled a touchdown. “Why does it matter”, you ask? Well besides for 6 fantasy points, there was the spread of 6.5 that the chiefs would have beat, and an over/under of 40 that would have pushed. If it was the wrong call, a lot of money was lost and gained by the wrong people.

    …………………………………………………….

    You might be correct about the call, but it was a benefit for KC that it wasn’t a TD and it’s partially faulty logic to argue about the impact on the sportsbooks.

    If it’s a TD and Chiefs convert XP, they go up 8 with at least 90 seconds on the clock I think. Texans would have had a KO return and an opportunity to drive field and score, add a 2-pt conversion and send to OT. Is it likely? Not really, but you never know in this league, especially when a Defense starts playing Prevent to stop a long TD. Yes, the Total points outcome would have changed and there would have been 6 more fantasy points, but it’s tough to argue the impact on the spread since the Texans didn’t get the ball back.

    Chiefs made correct decision to kneel it and not add 7 points.”

    ——————————————

    but that just makes my point all the more important! the texans were robbed of a chance to tie the game!

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