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Author: Jon Kuzma
The red hot Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Houston to face JJ Watt and the Houston Texans. The Chiefs have been playing solid football on both sides of the ball up to this point. That is why they enter Saturday’s match up on a 10 game win streak. That is right the Chiefs haven’t lost since week 6 when they were defeated by the Minnesota Vikings 16-10. Since then it’s been nothing but outstanding football and they head to Houston with more momentum than just about anyone right now. Alex Smith the Chiefs starting quarterback has been playing good football during the regular season. He has thrown for 20 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions on the year. Finishing the season with 3,486 passing yards. If the Chiefs want to have success against this tough Houston defense Smith will have to operate effectively and efficiently. By limiting turnovers in the game Smith can put the Chiefs in a position to succeed. Throwing a couple touchdowns passes wouldn’t be that bad either. At the end of the day though Smith has to manage the game and keep his poise in the tough postseason conditions. Those Texan fans will be nearly bringing down the house as Houston makes their first playoff appearance since 2012. Andy Reid’s even-keeled approach is a great form of leadership and he will do everything in his power to help the Chiefs eliminate the noise and distractions. In the game it will be up to Reid to call on running back Charcandrick West to lead the rushing efforts for Kansas City. By out rushing the Texans and allowing Smith to do his part in the aerial attack the team can tilt this match up in their favor. On the defense side of the ball they need their playmakers to step up and do what they’ve done all year. Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry have to rally the troops and clamp down on DeAndre Hopkins and company. Not an easy task but certainly achievable. Will the Chiefs be able to survive and move on to the next round? Only time will tell, if you followed this team all season though you have to like your odds.
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