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Game Preview: Texans vs Chiefs

Pre-Season Week 1

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Television: KCTV (ch. 5)

Radio: KCFX (101.1 FM)

Preview

A new era of Kansas City football begins tonight at 7:30 with the Chiefs’ preseason opener against a familiar foe, Houston.

This is the fifth time in three years the Chiefs and Texans have crossed paths, including the playoffs. Texans sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson returns after tearing his ACL in October of last season, ending his rookie campaign. Head Coach Bill O’Brien has stated that his franchise starter is “more likely” to play tonight against the Chiefs.

On the Chiefs sideline, everyone will be looking at the man of the hour, Patrick Mahomes, who makes his pre-season debut as Kansas City’s starting quarterback in his new-look offense with Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce as his top three receiving options and Kareem Hunt coming from the backfield. Kansas City’s offense is loaded with talent and is expected to put a lot of points on the board in 2018. Fans will finally get a little taste of what they’re going to see on Sundays this season.

Head Coach Andy Reid has stated he doesn’t want his new quarterback to be ‘hesitant’ with the football, which means fans could be in for some electric plays out their new-look offense.

Top 3 Players/Things to Watch

1. Patrick Mahomes’ development – It’s no doubt that Mahomes is the ‘man of the hour’ in tonight’s preseason opener. Many are excited about the big plays he’s likely to make with his arm tonight. However, a key era to watch is his overall progression in terms of his completion percentage, ability to read the defense, reaction to pressure, and limiting turnovers.

2. New-Look Defense – No Derrick Johnson. No Tamba Hali. No Marcus Peters. No Ron Parker. Everyone’s excited about the new offense the Chiefs have at their disposal but the new era of Chiefs football begins with this defense. Now one of the youngest in the league, the Chiefs lost more defensive starters than they did on offense. Tonight’s game will give a little insight as to how good, or bad, Kansas City might be on D for 2018. While it’ll be strange not seeing D.J. or Tamba out there lining up but it’ll be fun to see Anthony Hitchens and Kendall Fuller get set into their new roles. Defense will also be where we’ll see the 2018 draft class make their debuts and it’ll be interesting to see where exactly Bob Sutton decides to line some of the rookies up. Breeland Speaks has been rumored to be Tamba’s replacement at outside-linebacker, Derrick Nnadi has been noted as a potential starter at nose tackle, and Tremon Smith has been an early stand-out as a returner on special teams during training camp.

3. New Rule Changes – Something everyone, players included, will see is how the new rule changes will impact the game. One change that’s getting the most chatter is the ‘lowering of the head’ that states: It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The foul will result in a 15-yard penalty and defensive players will be disqualified if this flag is thrown.

Last 5 meeting against the Texans

10/8/2017 @ Texans W 42-34

9/18/2016 @ Texans L 12-19

1/9/2016 @ Texans W 30-0

9/13/2015 @ Texans W 27-20

10/20/2013 vs Texans W 17-16

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