Chiefs manhandle Texans yet again, winning season opener 34-20

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Stop if you’ve heard this before: The Texans took a first quarter lead on the Chiefs, shutting them out in the first 15 minutes. And then, it was all Chiefs, all night.

Kansas City fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter before scoring 31 unanswered points. The Texans tacked on two late touchdowns, but it was too little, too late against the defending Super Bowl champions.

The Chiefs won 34-20 on Thursday night, celebrating their Super Bowl LIV before the game and their season-opening victory afterward.

The Texans’ 2019 season ended in Kansas City in the divisional round of the playoffs when they blew a 24-0 lead, losing 51-31. Their 2020 season begins with another resounding loss in Kansas City, and the Ravens are next on Houston’s schedule.

The Chiefs looked at least as good, if not better, than they did in 2019.

Patrick Mahomes, the Super Bowl LIV MVP, went 24-of-32 for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Sammy Watkins made seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Travis Kelce caught six passes for 50 yards and a score and Tyreek Hill added five receptions for 46 and a touchdown.

It wasn’t only the familiar names who stood out for the Chiefs, though.

Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, and another rookie, cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, had three tackles, two pass breakups and an interception he returned 39 yards to set up a touchdown.

The Chiefs sacked Deshaun Watson four times, including 1.5 by Chris Jones and one by Frank Clark.

Watson went 20-for-32 for 253 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He looked like he missed DeAndre Hopkins, though Will Fuller caught eight passes for 112 yards.

Running back David Johnson, obtained in the trade that sent Hopkins to Arizona, ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

30 responses to “Chiefs manhandle Texans yet again, winning season opener 34-20

  1. Houston has a new defensive coordinator, yet have the same poor tackling skills as last season. A new offensive coordinator, yet they seemed to be afraid to throw the ball until the game was out of hand.

  2. Maybe it’s the previous 40 years of chiefs fandom in me, but I’m not gonna lie, that first quarter had me nervous. They looked great the rest of the game. The defense was bringing it and our rookies played lights out. Thank god football is back.

  3. Texans should have just stayed in the locker room, they weren’t ready to play. And Kenny Stills still can’t catch!

  4. Didn’t watch, didn’t renew my app subscription to watch any games this season. I believe the Seahawks are primed for a deep run and despite that I’m standing on principle and sitting out the season. We the people needed an escape from the pandemic and the news and all the other downers and the NFL at every level have decided differently. That’s their right and it’s my right not to watch. See ya next year.

  5. I said it in the halftime post, but I’ll say it again. That game definitely highlighted the difference between a well-coached team and one that’s not.

  6. Good win for the Chiefs. Loved the debuts by Edwards-Helaire and Sneed. Lack of a pre-season seemed to be an issue with the Texans. They just didn’t seem to be up to regular season game speed. Expect to see more from them as the season goes on. GO CHIEFS!

  7. I don’t get it. We are at mid third quarter, the Texans are trailing by 17 points (24-7), and they try to establish the run on 1st and 2nd. Sure David Johnson was doing well up to that point, but you have to assume that the Chiefs will score again no matter what.
    So how about having some sense of urgency and get Cobb, Stills and Cooks involved. Case in point, these 3 players ended up the game with 43 yards combined.

  8. I knew the Texans would lose, but sheesh talk about a let down. David Johnson was great, but the rest of the team was awful, especially Watson and the Texans secondary.

  9. When the Chiefs had the ball with the Houston 5 yard line, with less than two minutes to play, the game was over. They should have done a kneel down. Even if it meant giving Houston the ball with 40 seconds to play – the game was over.

  10. Patrick Mahomes relied on quick, short throws to move the ball methodically against the Texans defense.

    QB Tendencies
    ➤ Avg Time to Throw: 2.35 sec (fastest in career)
    ➤ Air Yards/Att: 4.7 (2nd-lowest)

    By Air Yards
    ➤ Under 10: 21/26, 160 yards, 3 TD
    ➤ Over 10: 3/6, 51 yards

    If this was any other QB you know what we would be hearing…

  11. Sports is an ESCAPE and entertainment from the working peoples day to day life. Let’s all try and remember that.

  12. chief4ever says:
    September 11, 2020 at 12:37 am
    How are you gifted a touchdown on a very obvious false start?

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    I don’t get this either.. That was worse than Dee Fords jump that kept the Chiefs out of the Super Bowl 2 years ago. The flag was picked up, why?

  13. unbridledsexy says:
    September 10, 2020 at 11:45 pm
    Maybe it’s the previous 40 years of chiefs fandom in me, but I’m not gonna lie, that first quarter had me nervous. They looked great the rest of the game. The defense was bringing it and our rookies played lights out. Thank god football is back.

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    Hard to ever be nervous when y’all got Mahomes behind center. That kid is simply amazing. He makes it look easy and effortless and we all know it isn’t. Seriously, I have never seen anyone this good this early in their career. Even with all this talent, a lot of things would have to go right for them to catch the Pats 6 SBs but if I was a Pats fan I would be getting nervous.

  14. All thay money wasted on Watson. What a joke. They should have spent it on defense, WR and OL. I’m sure Clowney and Hopkins are happy to out of there.

  15. Its tough to beat any team when you don’t score points. Even tougher if it’s the Chiefs because you KNOW they will score points.

    Game wasn’t as close as the score. Chiefs took their foot off the gas.

  16. cam180 says:
    September 11, 2020 at 12:21 am
    I don’t get it. We are at mid third quarter, the Texans are trailing by 17 points (24-7), and they try to establish the run on 1st and 2nd. Sure David Johnson was doing well up to that point, but you have to assume that the Chiefs will score again no matter what.
    So how about having some sense of urgency and get Cobb, Stills and Cooks involved. Case in point, these 3 players ended up the game with 43 yards combined.

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    Exactly, that is bad coaching. You arent going to run the ball and beat the Chiefs. I think that was proved against the Titans (the hottest running team in the league at that point) and they were able to weather than storm and then Mahomes went off.

  17. Chiefs are obviously a force but let’s remind ourselves that defense was not very long ago considered to be the Texans’ strongsuit. Well, times change so maybe O’Brien has been concentrating on making the offense great, right? No, they now no longer have a #1 receiver because O’Brien sent him away without getting a replacement so the offense is also now in decline.

  18. Still a lot of nothing being called on KC…picking right up from February. Jay Fiedler could’ve been the greatest ever if his line and team in general was exempt from penalty calls.

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