The Credit Report: Week 1 Texans

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Every week ArrowheadGuys publishes the Credit Report or the Blame Game. We’re giving out props today following the Kansas City Chiefs toppling the Texans

Every week we either play The Blame Game or post the Credit Report, depending on the outcome of the game. Following the Chiefs stomping the Texans in the NFL season opener, we go straight to The Credit Report.

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It’s pretty easy how this works. We list the five people most deserving of the credit for this win. As always, readers are encouraged to play along, but you must follow the rules (we have rules here?). You get to choose five, and only five, people who deserve the most credit for the victory and must list them in order. I will list them in order from least to most credit, finishing last with the single person I believe is most responsible for the result of the game. Jump to the comments and do the same. Just remember: rules.

Now, without any further blabbering, let’s get to it.

Steve Spagnuolo:

Following an early drive where the Houston Texans seemingly gashed the Chiefs defense on the ground at will, Spags adjusted and stifled Bill O’Brien’s offense for much of the game. The Texans crept back into the game late as Spags began to rotate in depth players with the game mostly in hand, so let’s not worry about that.

L’Jarius Sneed:

Sure, the rookie had a nice interception after Tyrann Mathieu forced an errant pass, but overall Sneed had a solid game filling in for suspended starter Bashaud Breeland, giving Chiefs fans hope for a solid secondary moving forward.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire:

If you had any doubt that CEH would make this list, I would question whether you even watched the game. The much-discussed first round pick showed up big in the season opener as Andy gave the entire NFL one more thing to worry about.

Patrick Mahomes:

Mahomes didn’t have one of his typical crazy-stat games, but he was efficient and looked sharp running the offense. The Chiefs didn’t push the ball downfield often against the Texans, but when they did, Demarcus Robinson dropped it. Ugh.

Andy Reid:

Is it even a Credit Report without Big Red in this spot? No, no it’s not. For all the whiners who complain about Andy being too pass happy, this game’s for you. Reid called a run-heavy game on Thursday Night Football, showcasing his newest toy in CEH and giving opposing defensive coordinators yet another reason to lose sleep.

Who are the Top 5 on your Credit List?

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Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
09/16/2020 1:36 pm

1. Veach. We lost two starters due to suspension. Then we lost two guys to injury at those same positions. Veach has guys capable of playing well down to the third string.

2. Kelechi. Nasty attitude established our ground presence.

3. Sneed. Very promising start to his career.

4. CEH. He will wear down defenses all year.

5. Frank Clark. Let them nuts hang.

09/16/2020 12:53 pm

Mahomes, Reid, Helaire, Sneed, Jones. It really was a team win though. I could keep going and name 20 guys. That is how good the Chiefs are.

09/16/2020 10:26 am

Osemele,Fisher, Schwartz, Wylie, Reiter.

09/16/2020 10:06 am

It’s good to know that we have a solid backup on Breeland’s side of the secondary.

I haven’t given up entirely on Hamilton yet – as many have said, there was no preseason this year, so Week 1 (and, in all likelihood, 2 and 3) was a good way for players to shake the rust off, for newbies to experience what it’s like at NFL speed, and for veterans to come back. That being said, I hope that Ward comes back soon.

09/16/2020 9:49 am

Last year I said the best the pickup the Chiefs had was their all-star cast of defensive assistants. They fly nearly completely under the radar, and I totally respect Spags, but these guys are real difference makers IMO.

At this point in this crazy season a lot happened off the field to bring about success.

  1. Andy Reid because Andy always has team ready to rock while others are still lacing up their cleats
  2. Brett Veach – Not only for his draft which looks very promising, but for figuring out how to keep guys like Sammy Watkins, DRob, Chris Jones and more.
  3. Spags AND the defensive assts. Locking down Watson is not easily done, but the Chiefs made it look easy.
  4. Mahomes, because Mahomes
  5. The defense
  6. CEH says hello world!
Big Chief
Big Chief
Reply to  TNCHIEFS
09/16/2020 10:58 am

I agree about the D assistants in part. The line under Daly, and the DBs under Madison and Merritt have really improved and both as individual players and as a group. The LBs under House and Britt Reid, not so much.
I continue to be disappointed by level of play there. This week PFF shows the three LBs to be the three lowest graded players on the defense. I’m just not seeing any improvement from these guys. I’d hoped to see something in the second year of Spags D, but it didn’t show up in the first game.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Big Chief
09/16/2020 1:35 pm

Good grief. It’s chicken salad, man.

09/16/2020 9:43 am

I nominate Bill O’Brien. This game would have been much more difficult if they had Deandre Hopkins.

Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
09/16/2020 9:45 am

I think Bill O’Brien always gets the game ball when we play the Texans

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
09/16/2020 9:42 am

In no particular order.
Coaches (not including House)
Mathieu (for keeping the dbs in the right place)

Mahomes us still a stud but today I’m leaving him as an alternate. Also I know I cheated and I’m pretty ok with it.

Reply to  MidKan Chiefs Lifer
09/16/2020 12:46 pm

Mahomes an alternate? Must be a misprint.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
09/16/2020 8:08 pm

I understand, but it’s more like giving him a break form the list because he belongs on the badass list every time.

Last edited 2 days ago by MidKan Chiefs Lifer
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