After a rough Sunday night against Indianapolis the Chiefs look to get back on track against the Houston Texans. The Texans are 3-2 and riding with momentum, winning 3 of their last four. How do the Chiefs, particularly the defense, defend the Texans and their potent passing attack this week, and move on to 5-1?
Carlos Hyde was in Kansas City this offseason, but he didn’t look very good in our system. In Houston though, he’s flashed as an awesome running back. This is since the Texans allow him to plant his foot into the ground and run, rather than the RPO system the Chiefs run, where linemen can’t climb and no holes open up.
The Texans will give him the ball up the middle of the defense, and he has enough contact balance to make you pay. Unfortunately, the Chiefs are injured and getting gashed up the middle this season. Start Hyde in your fantasy lineups.
Patrick Mahomes shreds zone, unfortunately for us,Deshaun Watson does it as well. The Falcons are playing cover 2, and the Texans take advantage by throwing curl, out, and dig routes, to get behind in between linebackers and safeties. Watson takes advantage of the weak spots of zone very well.
The Chiefs won’t be able to play as much zone on Sunday. Watson’s a very smart quarterback and will be able to see what coverage we’re playing, then will expose it. I would rely on more man coverage to win this game.
The Texans run a lot of play action, even by just using their two elite receivers, Will Fuller and Deandre Hopkins. The Falcons are in cover 3, and the Texans still expose the weakness of this zone scheme, using the extra attention Deandre Hopkins needs as an advantage. The cornerback wants to help carry him to the safety more, and when that safety bites, Will Fuller is wide open.
Overall, the Texans are a very good offense. They can run and throw the short pass, but what they really kill teams with is the vertical pass. Watson is amazing at throwing 50-50 balls, and their receivers are great at bringing them down. This isn’t an ideal matchup for the Chiefs, but I still pick them to win, 41-35.