Chiefs Travel to Houston to Face the Texans to Hopefully Clinch 7th Straight AFC West Title

The Chiefs were able to beat divisional rivals Denver Broncos last Sunday putting them in the driver’s seat to clinch the division. With a win this Sunday, the Chiefs will be able to clinch the AFC West for a 7th straight year. What should we expect in this upcoming matchup between the Texans and the Chiefs?

Patrick Mahomes and the offense are looking to get back on track in this game against the Texans. Although the Chiefs were able to put up 34 points in that matchup, the inconsistencies throughout the game frustrated the offense and got stagnant. This matchup is a perfect game for the offense to start clicking as one again and polish up the mistakes they made before entering the postseason.

This win clinches the division for the Chiefs, and it is expected that they close out the division with a win against the worst team in the NFL, the Texans. How will the offense and defense play in this matchup, being the first game Mahomes has played in his home state since coming into the NFL?

Defense

The defense in the last two matchups has not had its best performances in the last two matchups. Burrow and the Bengals had their way against the Chiefs two weeks ago and the Broncos were able to build momentum at the end of the second quarter putting up 21 unanswered before KC could extend the lead. With the Texans top running back Dameon Pierce on injured reserve and Brandin Cooks being inactive this Sunday, the Chiefs should be able to contain this young offense that has been atrocious the last half of this season so far.

Chris Jones who had two sacks last week is looking to feast and add to his sack total this season, proving he is one of the best interior pass rushers in the NFL. With a total of 11 sacks this season, Jones needs 5 more to break his single-season record which is 15.5 sacks in 2018. The defensive line will have opportunities to attack the QB on Sunday, as Houston has one of the weaker offensive lines in the league. Dunlap, Clark, Karlaftis, and Jones should be able to make it rough on that offensive line and make it a long afternoon for that Texans offense.

Offense

Mahomes and the offense are looking to get out of the rut they had in the past couple of games. Even though they totaled 34 points against Denver and 24 points against the Bengals, the timing and efficiency of the offense looked off. Kelce has made some key mistakes giving up a fumble and a couple of dropped passes even though he became one of the fastest tight ends to reach 10k yards and pass Shannon Sharpe on the all-time receiving list for yards as a tight end. With the absence of Hardman, you can tell the Chiefs miss their red zone threat that made it a lot easier for the offense and open up the entire field for Patrick Mahomes.

Hardman who should be off of IR soon will bring back the explosiveness the offense was missing during his absence. Mahomes has made costly mistakes, which kept the Broncos in the game last Sunday and helped the Bengals win two weeks ago, however, he has a chance to get back on track and dominate a Texans team that has already been eliminated from the playoffs. In this upcoming game, expect Mahomes to utilize his skill set and magic to fuel the offense that had so much success this season and regain the confidence of the entire offense. With only 4 weeks left in the season, the offense has enough time to build momentum going into the playoffs and clear up obvious mistakes they made in the past couple of weeks.

Prediction

We know that the Chiefs tend to play down to their opponents due to getting conservative after building a big lead, but expect this to be different for this unit. They are looking to regain their confidence heading into the end of the season and a big win over a team that has nothing to lose can help with that. Patrick Mahomes and the offense will have a clean game and execute the game plan Andy Reid has going into this matchup.

The defense will have a big day having more than 3 sacks and a few turnovers showing that they can make it hard on opposing offenses. The score prediction for this game against the Texans is the Chiefs winning big 42-14 as they prevail in Houston and win the AFC West for the seventh consecutive year.

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