The Chiefs Set Tone For 2020, Defeating Texans 34-20

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A recap of the Chiefs Vs Texans season opener.

Chiefs win without falling into huge deficit, which is nice.

Scoring Summary

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KC01771020

Game Summary

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!!!

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Petey Mussolini
Petey Mussolini
09/11/2020 1:29 am

The tackling from both sides looked good today, and overall it was a pretty ordinary NFL game. We’ll see how the rest of week 1 plays out, but I bet the NFLPA makes a hard push to get rid of the preseason for good.

ChiefDog
Reply to  Petey Mussolini
09/11/2020 1:32 am

oof… that’s a lot of money not being made by the teams with ticket sales. (devils advocate)

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Petey Mussolini
09/11/2020 2:06 am

I don’t think that the NFLPA will seek to totally eliminate it beyond making it a negotiating point. They may well push for a reduction down to 2-3 of them, but I don’t think they can ignore how problematic rolling without any would be for their prospective members. This preseason has been rather less than rookie-friendly, after all.

Personally, I think 3 PS games to be likely the best balance, with 2 of them being primarily for rookie film/development plus a smattering of live-contact conditioning for the presumptive starters and a 1-half dress rehearsal followed by a final live audition for the newbs. If anything, this offseason has demonstrated that the lack of preseason activity makes things worse for everyone.

ChiefDog
09/11/2020 12:49 am

ChiefDog
09/11/2020 12:32 am

VIVA LA GAME WINNING THREADS!!!

ChiefDog
Reply to  ChiefDog
09/11/2020 12:34 am

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:46 pm

Matt Derrick
@mattderrick
Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 138 yards rushing is 8th-best in an NFL debut in the Super Bowl era. He’s sandwich between two Hall of Famers.
7. Marshall Faulk, 143
8. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 138
9. Earl Campbell, 137

Kareem Hunt’s 148 yards in 2017 rank No. 4.

MasterChief
MasterChief
09/10/2020 11:45 pm

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zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:43 pm

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EAFOX
Reply to  zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:47 pm

This is a good one.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  EAFOX
09/10/2020 11:49 pm

my favorite one was a asian girl in a kc chiefs t-shirt but it was mysteriously made a private Gif

EAFOX
Reply to  zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:54 pm

I remember that one

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  EAFOX
09/10/2020 11:54 pm

can no longer gain access on Giphy

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:40 pm

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:38 pm

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:38 pm

Next Gen Stats
@NextGenStats
Patrick Mahomes relied on quick, short throws to move the ball methodically against the Texans defense.
QB Tendencies
➤ Avg Time to Throw: 2.35 sec (fastest in career)
➤ Air Yards/Att: 4.7 (2nd-lowest) By Air Yards
➤ Under 10: 21/26, 160 yards, 3 TD
➤ Over 10: 3/6, 51 yards

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:36 pm

James Palmer
@JamesPalmerTV
For the #chiefs it’s a dislocated elbow for Khalen Saunders and Charvarius Ward fractured his hand

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:36 pm

this sucks

EAFOX
Reply to  zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:38 pm

Fractured Hand – could be back sooner than later
Dislocated Elbow – no clue

kabrink
kabrink
Reply to  EAFOX
09/11/2020 12:07 am

Chiefs need to show Steve Deberg footage to today’s players

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:35 pm

NFL Research
@NFLResearch
Only 3 quarterbacks have 25 wins in their first 32 career games since the 1970 merger:
HOF @DanMarino
HOF @kurt13warner and….

Super Bowl LIV MVP

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  zulu trader
09/11/2020 8:08 am

I love these little tidbits. Keep them coming. I’d never see them, otherwise.

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:33 pm

James Palmer
@JamesPalmerTV
J.J. Watt said it is very frustrating as a pass rusher going against Patrick Mahomes. He said there is a reason he has the accolades and money he has. You can get to him clean and the ball is already gone. He knows his offense and the defense so well.

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:30 pm

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:27 pm

Adam Teicher
@adamteicher
Travis Kelce on why the Chiefs were so sharp offensively: “This group has been together for awhile. We understand the intent of the playcaller.”

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zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:26 pm

EAFOX
09/10/2020 11:25 pm

The one thing we did not see was passes thrown CEH’s way. Is that where the rookie needs work and will be a mainstay by midseason?

Brylowman
Brylowman
09/10/2020 11:25 pm

Remember the good old days when sports were an escape from politics?

EAFOX
Reply to  Brylowman
09/10/2020 11:31 pm

Both sides – left and right – make that hard to happen.

hmills110
Reply to  EAFOX
09/10/2020 11:57 pm

Recent events have made everyone take a pause and consider what’s best for them. Left and right have plenty to be upset about, and it’s always the kookiest who shout the loudest. I’m a well-known shouter, myself! LOL!

Much as we bicker, and politicians get it wrong, I think the culture is out-growing many institutions at an accelerating rate. Most of the to-do keeps us distracted from seeing it, but look at how the immortal media monoliths are crumbling before our eyes, and corrupt institutions are not able to hide the rot, any longer.

These are messy transition times, but I think there are historical forces at work, here, pushing us in a generally good direction. Things are never perfect, but the shock to the system forced a lot of people to re-think what matters to them, especially the millions commuting into the city, every day, which is kind of a dumb way to do things.

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:25 pm

hmills110
Reply to  zulu trader
09/10/2020 11:40 pm

Jones got the sack, but it was after 3 other guys forced Watson to him. Clark flushed him right. Danna flushed him right. Kpass forced him back inside. Jones just wrapped him up when he came in reach.

EAFOX
Reply to  hmills110
09/10/2020 11:46 pm

The others did good, Jones did great

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
09/10/2020 11:20 pm

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