Chiefs win without falling into huge deficit, which is nice.
The first quarter began with a solid defensive series by the Chiefs and what, at first glance, appeared to be a touchdown drive for the offense. However the long score to DeMarcus Robinson was overturned on review as he failed to maintain control of the ball through the tackle, later resulting in the first non-Colquitt punt in, like, a bajillion years. The Texans answered with the first touchdown of the season, leaning heavily on the run game and finding hole after hole in the Chiefs’ defense. On the back of an Anthony Sherman 4th and short conversion, the Chiefs offense found their rhythm.
The Chiefs opened the second quarter by ending their drive in the endzone with a Travis Kelce score. The defense followed suite, forcing a punt on four plays. Andy Reid turned to his shiny new toy in Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the following drive, leaning heavily on the ground game in a 16 play, 91 yard drive capped off by not one, but two, Sammy Watkins touchdown grabs that took 9:04 off the clock. The Texans two-minute offense drove them to the Chiefs 33 yard line before they settled for a 51-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide right. With 30 seconds remaining the Chiefs drove down the field and with the aid of a couple penalties moved the ball to the 11-yard line before adding a field goal to the scoreboard with 0:04 seconds remaining in the half.
The Chiefs offense opened the second half firing on all cylinders, driving-75 yards for a score off a 27-yard CEH scamper into the endzone. Houston’s offense managed 27 yards before the Chiefs defense forced a punt to which the Chiefs answered with a punt of their own after gaining 47 yards.
As the game moved into the fourth quarter, on the following drive Tyrann Mathieu pressured Deshaun Watson forcing an interception to rookie corner L’Jarius Sneed. The Chiefs capitalized after a penalty set them up with a 1st and goal with Tyreek Hills first score of the season. With a comfortable lead, the Chiefs defense looked to play somewhat vanilla and began substituting in backups as the Texans drove the field for a score, but failed to convert the 2-point attempt. The Chiefs responded with their first 3-and-out of the game and the Texans scored on the subsequent drive. However an onsides kick from Houston ended up in the hands of the Chiefs and was returned to the Texans’ 20 yard line. Andy put the rock in the rookie CEH’s hands to close out the game and the rook delivered, giving the Chiefs 1st and goal with 2:18 remaining and an 11 point lead. The Chiefs settled for a field goal with 30 seconds remaining. Plays probably happened after I wrote this, but they will be inconsequential. Game, blouses.
Box Score Champs
Passing Leader: Patrick Mahomes 211 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Rushing Leader: Clyde Edwards-Helaire 56 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Leader: Sammy Watkins 82 yards, 1 TD
Tackle Leader: Tyrann Mathieu 8 tackles
Sack Leader: Chris Jones 1.5 sacks
Interception Leader: L’Jarius Sneed 1 Int
Now we party!!!