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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Kansas Chiefs are complete football team. Yes, we knew that entering into last night’s match up because the Chiefs were on a 10 game win streak. Yet the showing on the field was still just as impressive. The Chiefs played four quarters of fundamental football while the Texans looked like a disaster for most of the night. The scoring started off early for the Chiefs when Knile Davis was able to take the opening kick off 106 yards to the house. From that first moment in the game the Chiefs never looked back. Alex Smith was outstanding for Kansas City really setting the tempo of the game with his play. Smith can make quick strikes from the pocket but he also can take off and beat the defense with his feet. Smith is unusually quick for a quarterback and that created a natural match up problem for the Texans all night. Smith finished the game with 190 yards passing and 1 touchdown on the night. His main target on the evening was tight end Travis Kelce who hauled in 8 receptions and 128 receiving yards. Defensively Allen Bailey contributed 4 tackles and 2 sacks to the Chiefs efforts. For the Texans it was a struggle especially at the quarterback position. Brian Hoyer had a terrible performance throwing 4 interceptions and losing 1 fumble for his team. It’s hard to win a game when you have that many turnovers. Despite those poor efforts from Hoyer coach O’Brien decided that it would be in his best interest to stick with the player. A move that resulted in zero points for his offense. Believe it or not there were a few bright spots in the game for the Texans. Alfred Blue looked effective running the football and if the Texans gave him more chances they likely would of scored. On one particular drive down by the goal line the Texans put JJ Watt in at quarterback and tried to run him behind Vince Wilfork who checked in the game as a blocker. Feeding Blue would of been a much more reasonable option and on the next play Brian Hoyer threw an interception. Defensively the Texans did get a decent night from Brian Cushings with 13 tackles and Whitney Mercilus also had a big night with 3 sacks. It just wasn’t enough to beat a good Chiefs team. The Chiefs head to either Denver or New England with a ton of momentum. It will be a tough match up for either the Broncos or Patriots and will require a ton of game planning. The Texans on the other hand will have a full offseason to think about this loss.
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