Here are five halftime thoughts from NRG Stadium, where the Chiefs lead the Houston Texans 13-0 in their wild-card game.
1. The Chiefs have a 13-0 halftime lead, which is good. But you can’t help but feel like they should be leading by more. Four Texans turnovers have spearheaded a largely subpar effort in the first half, and it seems unlikely they’ll be as bad again in the second have with their season on the line.
2. Fairly quiet half for J.J. Watt, regardless of the sack he shared with Whitney Mercilus. They beat Eric Fisher and Travis Kelce, but to be fair, neither had help. The Chiefs have done a nice job helping out on Watt, and will need to continue to do so in the second half.
3. Alex Smith threw a first-half interception, but he came right back and made a downfield throw to Kelce for a completion on the next drive. That’s promising; Smith has consistently attempted tough throws of late, which wasn’t always the case the previous two years.
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4. Aside from one 49-yard run by Alfred Blue, the Chiefs have done a nice job containing the Texans’ running game. It’s hard to see them moving the ball much if they can’t get that going consistently.
5. Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer has struggled mightily, committing four turnovers — a fumble and three interceptions. His accuracy has been off, and his team is paying for it.