Here are some questions and answers from the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over the Texans.
So how did the offense look? Not bad, right?
This is how Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s offense is supposed to look, and the game plan was outstanding. The Chiefs opened the game with a lot of quick passes and screens to their running backs to negate the Texans’ advantage up front. This also got the Texans on their heels and softened them up for a healthy dose of Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin downfield as the Chiefs jumped out to a 27-9 halftime advantage.
How about Jamaal and Alex?
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Running back Jamaal Charles saw his reception total drop from 70 in 2013 to 40 in 2014, so his five-catch game (he finished with 46 yards and a touchdown) is a promising start to the season. So was quarterback Alex Smith’s. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. His performance, and his comfort in the offense, is a big reason this passing game will be difficult to stop if everyone stays healthy and the offensive line can block. Speaking of which...
How did the Chiefs hold up against J.J. Watt?
Watt made his presence known, recording several tackles and two sacks ― including a ridiculous one he converted even though his helmet was ripped off midplay. But for the most part, Reid did a good job calling quick-hitting plays and right tackle Jah Reid did enough to keep Watt from making any game-changing plays in big moments, so they deserve some credit for that. The rest of the linemen ― left tackle Donald Stephenson, left guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and center Mitch Morse ― deserve credit for keeping Smith clean most of the day.
How did Marcus Peters look?
It’s hard to imagine a better start to a career for a corner than Peters’. He made an interception on the Texans’ very first play from scrimmage. Peters, who was matched up against Texans star DeAndre Hopkins, made a diving pick that set up the Chiefs’ first touchdown. Hopkins eventually got Peters back though, catching a fade for a touchdown later in the quarter, but Peters showed the kind of ball skills the Chiefs were banking on when they made him their first-round pick this year.
Hard to imagine a better start before the Thursday night showdown against Denver, right?
Right. For as good as the offense looked on Sunday, the defense was excellent, too. The Chiefs’ fourth-and-1 stop at their 11-yard line in the third quarter was big time ― and the pass rush (five sacks) flustered Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer enough to keep the Texans in check. That’s a great sign heading into the Denver game against nemesis Peyton Manning, who has had the Chiefs’ number the last several years. Arrowhead will be rocking on Thursday.