Chiefs VS Texans: Winners/Losers

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The Kansas City Chiefs took care of business against the Texans on the opening day of the NFL. Here are the winners and losers from Thursday night.

Finally, professional football is back, and what a way to kick off the 2020 season with the defending champs revealing their championship banner and taking up where they left off… winning.

The Chiefs started off slow, but Kansas City looked ten times more prepared to play football at Arrowhead than their opponent as they basically cruised to a 34-20 victory.

There were plenty of winners and losers on Thursday night, so let’s get right to it.


Football fans across the world

It seemed as though the 2020 season would never make it here. In perspective, what the country and the world has gone through makes whether or not we play professional sports pale in comparison.

What Thursday night brought was a chance for the world to come together, at a safe distance, and lose ourselves in the game we all love.

The neutrality of the pregame festivities was something each and every sports fan can appreciate. Nobody was sure as to what to expect as far as how the two teams were going to handle their own spin on the protests going on in the country. While the Texans remained in the locker room, the Chiefs almost unanimously stood in unity.

This move by both teams sent a very clear, yet very down-the-middle message. “We hear you, all of you”. No matter where you stand as far as protests and kneeling, this should have impressed those on every side, watching from every angle.

The pandemic put the whole world in a tailspin. With nowhere to go, and nothing to do, the absence of sports did not help soothe the situation. Sports at any level has always been a crutch for folks to unwind, lose themselves, and gives them something to look forward to. The Chiefs and Texans just answered that call. For the first time since March, things feel more like they did before 2020 than ever before.

The Fresh Prince of Helaire

Clyde Edwards-Helaire did not disappoint. The hype behind the Chiefs rookie was powerful leading up to Thursday night ever since Kansas City drafted him, even going in the first round of fantasy drafts across the globe.

It took a few runs to get him going, but what Chiefs fans witnessed was a football team that looked more dangerous than last season. My condolences to the rest of the NFL.

Clyde finished with 138 yards on 25 carries including a 27-yard scamper to the endzone that would make any fan of football proud.

The hype was real, there was no fake news to be had. It sure appears that Clyde is going to be a monster for opposing defenses to handle.

Chiefs Rookies and new additions

Edwards-Helaire wasn’t the only new face to make an impact. L’Jarius Sneed had an extremely good game, with two pass deflections and a 39-yard interception return in his pro debut. With Breeland suspended and Charvatious Ward injured early on, Sneed was a difference maker.

Raider transfer Kelechi Osemele was almost perfect at the left guard spot. Creating running lanes on the regular. His presence on opening day shoots him toward the front as far as offseason acquisitions go.

Chiefs fans miss Dustin Colquitt, but the new guy in town looks to be the man for years to come. Tommy Townsend had 3 punts for 136 yards, pinning the Texans back inside their own five-yard line once and almost doing it again.

The stat sheet was filled with nonhousehold names like rookie defensive lineman Mike Danna who had 3 quiet tackles and Dorain Daniel, who isn’t new to the team, but his production sure was. DD finished with 4 tackles, including a sack.

Others receiving votes

Patrick Mahomes has taken 2020 by the horns and wrestled it to the ground. Nobody has had a better year than he. Super Bowl champ, Super Bowl MVP, newly engaged to the future First Lady of Arrowhead, Brittany Matthews, a contract worth all of the money in existence, and some nice jewelry to go along with it all. Mahomet finished with a modest 211 yards but added three touchdown passes.

Sammy Watkins had the best game of all the receivers. He had 7 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. With Hill and Kelce having nice, but not dominant games, Watkins was on point to come through with some really nice grabs.


The rest of the NFL

Somewhere sandwiched between the first and final quarters, the Kansas City Chiefs looked like a well-oiled machine.

The run game couldn’t be stopped. Patrick Mahomes was efficient and effective without any signature Mahomes magic, in my opinion.

The defense looked stellar, as in much improved. There is no question as to what the Texans can do offensively, and the defense took their punches in stride. Watson ran for his life for much of the game. Backups in both corner spots handled their own.

Their were multiple times as the game continued where I had to pause the game, and ask myself if this team could really be as good as it appeared. What are teams to do when all aspects of the game are firing on all cylinders?

Time of possession was another win for the Chiefs, unlike their regular season battle against Houston in 2019. This time around, the Chiefs held the ball for almost 10 minutes longer than Houston, controlling the game. The Chiefs looked disciplined with only 5 penalty yards accrued and looked like they were able to pretty much do whatever they wanted for two quarters.

Demarcus Robinson

Robinson had a quiet game. It could have been a game as loud as his performance against the Raiders last season.

A gorgeous throw and catch in the endzone was initially ruled a touchdown but was overturned on the review as Robinson couldn’t maintain control of the ball. On the next drive, Robinson had a diving catch for what would have been his second touchdown of the night, but that too slipped through his fingers.

Demarcus still hauled in 3 catches for 20 yards on the night. If he has a hard time sleeping tonight, it will be because of those missed opportunities.

Andy Reids face shield

Poor Andy Reid had the look of bewilderment on his face a few times. Not due to confusion, but to the fact he couldn’t see four inches in front of him.

A combination of spitting rain and the midwest humidity fogged up his facemask early on. If only there was a product to eliminate fog and water from a clear surface.

Fair to say that the next game that includes mother nature for the Chiefs. will have coach Reid donning a different form of protection.

Others receiving votes

Willie Gay finished with just one tackle on the night, which is a far cry from the offseason practices, where he looked dominant and unstoppable.

Mecole Hardman was a major force in the Chiefs offense last season. He will be a force this season as well, but his one catch for 6 yards is underwhelming.

The home crowd of around 16,000 made some headlines after their public display of disparity when the team’s united during the pregame festivities. Boos were well heard on the telecast. Apparently, the movement isn’t as popular as Twitter and the media make it out to be. Still, if the players wanted to send a message, they did exactly that. The fans did so as well.










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09/11/2020 7:51 pm

Winner: Spags
Loser: Still Bob Sutton

Remember when our defends was bad for 1 of 2 reasons:
1. It was too complex and the players didn’t get it
2. The players weren’t good enough

Now we have a defends that is, apparently, complex – not running any formation more than 20% of the time, and was patched up with rookies and no names all over the place.

Reply to  Tyrone
09/12/2020 2:18 pm

They already had a good foundation. They also went out and got more DEs. And not soft-against-the-run pass rushers, but good force DEs, who can all get up and move. I was lukewarm about Okafor, last season, but he flashed quickness I didn’t think he still had. That’s a LOT of DLs in the rotation. Danna showed well in his first pro game.

This looks like a D that’s going to be predicated on pressure, and blitz with fair abandon. At the same time, it’s built on top of good 4-man pressure. They’re changing things up, nicely, with both personnel and play calling. A bit throwback at CB, but in a way that I like.

The thing about pre-snap is you can be as deceptive as you have the speed to support. It’s not like the old days with a Jon McGraw or Kendrick Lewis back there. Mathieu and Thornhill make those windows a lot smaller, and pre-snap intentions a lot tougher to parse.

Hail To The Priest
Hail To The Priest
09/11/2020 12:06 pm

I was at the game and I can tell you there was not any real boos during the unity. Thats a bullshit narrative by the media. We booed the Texans when they came out as we do every team. During the unity piece there was a low “chiiiiieeeefs” roar that I could see being mistaken as boos but even that wasnt significant. After the PA announcer said “thank you” following the unity moment there was a thunderous applause which for someone reason no one is talking about. When I woke up this morning I was shocked that this was even a thing, to be honest. Out of 17K people was there a person who did “a boo”? Maybe? but I did not hear it. There sure as hell wasnt a wall of boos pouring down. Its so frustrating to read about it like there was.

Reply to  Hail To The Priest
09/11/2020 12:10 pm

Honestly, I thought it was just booing the team as they ran onto the field, just like the fans would boo any team as they ran on. I didn’t think there was anything more to it than that.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Hail To The Priest
09/11/2020 1:06 pm

Inventing a narrative? People do that?!?

(I’ve been a cynic too long)

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  Hail To The Priest
09/11/2020 4:13 pm

I was there as well, and I corroborate this account.
They asked for a moment of silence and Arrowhead was quiet, then as the players started walking around the fans started making noise again.

If anybody booed it was probably in frustration that there was a four minute ceremony for being Superbowl Champions, but there was about twenty minutes allotted to social justice issues and Covid precautions.

Big Chief
Big Chief
Reply to  Hail To The Priest
09/11/2020 4:50 pm

Was the volume on the stadium announcer turned down? I could barely hear the “First Down” prompt most of the time. I thought I heard a smattering of both boos and cheers during the “moment of silence”, which surprised me, so I wondered if the fans at the stadium were even aware they were supposed to be quiet. I mean yelling “Chiefs” during a moment of silence is not good, either. So do you think the announcement asking for a moment of silence was clear and loud enough?

Reply to  Hail To The Priest
09/11/2020 5:12 pm

I can’t blame the media when they heard the same thing I heard on TV. Boos followed by shouting about halfway through the “silence”. It happened during the silence. I’m glad to hear that it wasn’t widespread, as it was highly embarrassing, for me anyways.

People are saying they were there and didn’t hear it.

I’ve seen at least one tweet of someone saying they booed and are entitled to free speech.

People are saying they heard someone yell “Trump 2020!” and then people booed that.

People are saying that they heard booing and booed the booers.

I have no idea what to believe. All I can say is that racist a-holes generally have the loudest mouths around. In reality, I don’t think they represent the city of KC. Maybe some came from rural areas where racism is fine, but I just don’t think it represents KC.

Reply to  MasterChief
09/11/2020 8:59 pm

You gotta listen somewhat closely, but it sounds like the “boos” were actually people yelling “Chiefs” low like during “Home of the Chiefs!” Law of averages says there were probably a couple assholes, but I can’t hear them. Fuckin’ fake news.

This video from Arrowhead Stadium shows fans were not booing when players from the #Chiefs and #Texans gathered at midfield for a moment of unity before kickoff. #Texans HC Bill O’Brien also said after the game he didn’t hear boos.

(🎥 @darkkightinMO)

— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 11, 2020

Reply to  Hail To The Priest
09/12/2020 2:36 pm

My take’s about the same as Tony Tatts’. All but one of our guys stood for the anthem. One guy (Okafor, who looked pretty good, when I noticed him), was the only guy who knelt, and nobody gave him any shit. I didn’t see him giving anybody shit for standing. Texans did their thing, which was sit out the ceremony.

The boos I heard were when the Texans came out of the locker room.

I’m in a weird place on these issues, because I’m not a huge fan of nationalism, unless some other nation’s trying to kill the people in this one. But I’m globalist, either, so I prefer nationalism over globalism. Very strange place to be. The anthem is a tradition that made me a little queasy when we were fighting in Iraq, and all the media were “Support your troops (or you’re not a patriot, loser!).”

I’m me, my family, my town, county, state and THEN country, in that order. i don’t mind a celebration of fallen and standing heroes and the freedoms they defended. But I always thought it was strange to have those warlike demonstrations at every game. I’m not always a big fan of what the gov’t does in my name. I also don’t think much of the BLM organization, nor am I ever going to be a guy who goes along with compelled speech. I was the same way 40 years ago, when everybody around me wanted me to profess how much I love the Baby Cheeses.

Reply to  hmills110
09/12/2020 2:55 pm

Oops. My take’s about the same as Victor Vann’s. .

09/11/2020 10:58 am

Y’know, I would like to talk about football now. I’m tired of talking about things that aren’t related to what happens during games.

09/11/2020 10:44 am

bruh… not the place. this isn’t an open thread.

09/11/2020 10:40 am

Keep this trash on the open threads. I’m deleting all of this if there is one more comment on this subthread.

09/11/2020 10:19 am

Losers … the so-called “fans” who actually boo’ed during the Player Unity thing … what the actual phuque?!? boos raining down for a show of UNITY and LOVE and PEACE … seriously? I thought, or at least HOPED, that “we” would be better than that … apparently “we” are not … and I for one am saddened

Reply to  upamtn
09/11/2020 10:31 am

Only a real giant piece of shit would go to a game and boo that. They also probably boo during silent prayer at church. Classes shitbags.

09/11/2020 9:43 am

Loser: Niemann. Like, WTF man?

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
Reply to  starry1
09/11/2020 10:18 am

Nooooo shit that man was supposed to be a badass according to the coaches. He is still slow cant cover or tackle and tends to be in the wrong place. Let the rook get some reps at least he is strong fast and hits like a freight train. Maybe with playing time he will get better Neimann should be sitting on the bench.

I’m beginning to wonder if LBs is the one position our scouts and GM cant figure out. Hitchens -lots of money to suck (he played ok last night at best), bring in Lee -he sucked, draft DOD he hasn’t been good enough to play almost at all so far (I still think he has a chance to pan out because he is athletic), so far from what we know the best they have done is Wilson who is an average or slightly below average NFL starting LB or maybe Ragland who when healthy was pretty good last year I thought he was our best LB but he plays for the lions now.

Oh well they seem to be great at every other position.

Reply to  MidKan Chiefs Lifer
09/11/2020 10:27 am

Fortunately we have a stud D-Line and stud safeties to get away with bad LB play most of the time.

Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
09/12/2020 2:50 pm

Yup. And they’ll get better as a group as the season progresses. They’re mixing things up a LOT in front of KC’s LBs. Different guys give you different things. Different intentions with different packages and calls.

Kind of weird how they’re farther along, this year, Week 1, than last year, because everybody was new to the D, last year, in spite of the KOOOOF restrictions.

Reply to  MidKan Chiefs Lifer
09/11/2020 11:11 am

Agree. Let’s hope with Gay they finally got it right. But he has to be on the field for us to find out.

Reply to  MidKan Chiefs Lifer
09/11/2020 2:12 pm

Funny thing is every time DoD gets on the field he doesn’t look bad, it just seems he can’t get on the field

Reply to  MidKan Chiefs Lifer
09/12/2020 2:47 pm

I think there were at least a couple plays where their specific assignments didn’t match what the offense did, which made them late to the party. Like Niemann taking on the TE underneath, when the TE was hanging back to block, and Niemann saw to him before seeing to anything else. Not sure that’s on Niemann on that particular snap.

That one play aside, I think it may be a while before the LBs gel, because of all the stuff they’re doing in front of them, which I generally like, but is maybe almost as hard for our LBs to parse as the opposing offenses it’s meant to confuse. There are a lot of moving parts and a concentration of investment up front during the offseason, where it belongs. I’m mainly glad to see the D held the Texans to 20, and the worst injury was a hand injury to one of our corners.

Oops! Forgot the Saunders elbow injury. Awaiting updates on that. But I’m generally very pleased at the depth of the rotation and how many guys KC has who can line up just about anywhere on that front. And that’s without Mike Pennel in the rotation.

09/11/2020 9:34 am

Great win. Injuries to Ward and Saunders are a concern. I never expect Okafor to play, so whatever. They’re pretty thin at DB, so I hope Ward isn’t out too long.

09/11/2020 9:07 am

Undefeated – like the Great & Powerful Oz
Typed many months ago — while drinking Red Kool Aid

Reply to  gonzangkc11
09/11/2020 12:44 pm

you realize that’s a horrible example … The Wizerd of Oz was a pretender, a fake, a phony, a sham (and you call yourself a “fan” … hrmph!)

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