The Kansas City Chiefs are set to take on the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round. The Texans were able to advance after Ka’imi Fairbairn made a 28-yard game-winning field goal to defeat the Buffalo Bills in overtime.
In Houston’s Wild Card game, Deshaun Watson essentially carried the Texans to a narrow victory. Watson finished the game by completing 20 of his 25 attempts for 247 yards and a touchdown through the air.
The dynamic quarterback also led the team in rushing with 55 yards and a score on the ground. A late-game play from Watson that involved him escaping a sack from two defenders to deliver a pass to Taiwan Jones was a perfect way for him to cap off a memorable performance.
As for the Chiefs, they were able to get an extra week of rest in the Wild Card Round due to being the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The last game that Kansas City played saw them take down the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 17.
With how the Chiefs finished the regular season, many are going to flock to picking Kansas City to take care of business on Sunday. Considering that, here are four reasons why the Chiefs will defeat the Texans in the AFC Divisional Round.
4. The Texans won’t have an answer for Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce
Ever since Patrick Mahomes has become the starting quarterback, Kansas City’s offense has been nearly unstoppable. Part of the reason why is because the gunslinging quarterback has guys like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to throw the ball to.
Hill is the epitome of what a deep-threat wideout is supposed to do in the NFL. The speedy wide receiver stretches the field and is capable of turning any play into six points.
On the other hand, Kelce is a mismatch for nearly every defense at tight end. The Texans won’t have an answer for either of the Chiefs’ weapons with their 29th ranked pass defense.
3. Patrick Mahomes doesn’t turn the ball over often
When being a playoff team, it is always best to have a quarterback who is able to take care of the football. The Chiefs have that in Mahomes and that gives them an edge over the Texans.
Even with J.J. Watt making a miraculous comeback in last week’s game, Houston doesn’t have a formidable defense. Therefore, they are going to need Watson to produce a stellar performance if the Texans are going to achieve the upset.
The only thing is, Mahomes only turned the ball over seven times in 2019. Provided that, Houston has to maximize all of their offensive possessions; which is hard to see after seeing the inconsistencies of the offense in the regular season.
2. Kansas City should actually have success running the ball
During the regular season, the Chiefs were never able to consistently able to run the ball with success. As a matter of fact, the Chiefs had the 23rd ranked rushing offense in the NFL (the worst rushing offense for a team in the playoffs).
Throughout the season, Kansas City deployed a backfield that included Damien Williams, LeSean McCoy, and others. It’s likely that the team chooses to utilize Williams as the lead running back on Sunday.
Regardless of who is shouldering the workload, Houston’s run defense is a glaring weakness for the team. The Texans surrendered 121.1 rushing yards per game in the regular season. They would go on to give up 172 rushing yards versus the Bills (most among teams in the first round of the postseason).
1. The Chiefs’ defense has looked exponentially better down the stretch
One of the main reasons why people have been skeptical of considering the Chiefs a legitimate contender is due to the lack of a formidable defense. But as the season progressed, Kansas City’s defense began to develop into a group that could cause problems for opposing offenses.
In the Chiefs’ last six games of the season, the defense limited opposing teams to only 11.5 points per game. At the same time, they were able to force five turnovers.
The addition of Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark has begun to pay dividends for the Chiefs at the perfect time. If Kansas City’s defense picks back up from where they left off to end the regular season, the game on Sunday could be decided very early.