The last time they played:
Chiefs 31, Texans 35
As good as the Texans were offensively (3rd in yards) in 2010, they were equally terrible defensively (30th in yards surrendered), and it showed against the Kansas City Chiefs. Sadly, this was the game that ended the season for DeMeco Ryans with his Achilles injury and it spelled further doom for the defense in 2010. Running backs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones ran for almost 200 yards by themselves. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Dwayne Bowe, who tallied 108 yards by himself.
It took a herculean effort by the offense to keep up. Schaub continued his stellar 2010 campaign with over 300 yards passing and two scores. Andre Johnson was Andre Johnson, notching eight catches for 138 yards and a score. Arian Foster added 71 yards and two scores.
Down by 10 and with less than seven minutes left in the 4th quarter, Schaub hit Owen Daniels on consecutive 20+ yard plays to drive down the field. Foster scored his second touchdown to bring the game within three for the Texans. The defense, which had allowed scores the last four Chiefs possessions, finally mustered some dignity and forced a punt to give Schaub a chance to win or tie the game.
And with 2:22 left on the clock, Schaub and Andre shined on an 80-yard game-winning drive that ended in this:
Remember this formation? Three bunched receivers to the right with Andre isolated to the left. Daniels comes across in motion before the snap to help Andre come open against zone coverage.
With two receivers against three defenders, it takes well-designed route combinations like the one above combined with the superior route-running ability of Andre to bust wide open for a score. Daniels runs to the flat, taking cornerback Brandon Carr with him to the sideline, thus clearing some room in the corner of the end zone. Meanwhile, Andre starts his route against two defenders.
Andre starts his double move by breaking to the center of the end zone. His head-fake fools both defenders covering him.
Andre stops his route and heads to the corner of the end zone. One safety buys the move so fully that he turns around completely to give chase. The other safety, Eric Berry, has his eyes on Schaub (who's currently scrambling out of the pocket) and momentarily loses track of Andre as he changes direction. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the screen, Daniels keeps Carr occupied and out of the end zone.
Schaub buys just enough time for Andre to break open and lofts a floater over the heads of Daniels and Carr for Andre to make the tip-toe catch in the corner. The Texans win in dramatic fashion.
How Kansas City finished the season:
|Off Yds / G||Off. Pts / G||Def Yds / Game||Def Pts / Game|
What Kansas City has done this offseason:
- 1 (1) - Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan
- 3 (63) - Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
- 3 (96) - Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
- 4 (99) - Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama
- 5 (134) - Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
- 6 (170) - Eric Kush, OC, California
- 6 (204) - Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
- 7 (207) - Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton
- LB Zach Diles, April 12 [good for him… keeps finding a job]
- LB Frank Zombo, April 4
- OG Geoff Schwartz, March 15
- CB Sean Smith, March 14 (three years, $18 million with $11 million guaranteed)
- DT Mike DeVito, March 12 (three years, $12.6 million with $6.2 million guaranteed)
- WR Donnie Avery, March 12 (three years, $8.55 million with $2.25 million guaranteed)
- QB Chase Daniel, March 12 (three years, $10 million with $4 million guaranteed)
- TE Anthony Fasano, March 12 (four years, $16 million)
- CB Dunta Robinson, March 8
- QB Alex Smith from 49ers, Feb. 27
- QB Brady Quinn, April 12
- RT Eric Winston
- DT Ropati Pitoitua, March 25
- QB Matt Cassel, March 14
- WR Steve Breaston
- TE Kevin Boss, Feb. 19
The Chiefs also convinced Dwayne Bowe to stick around with a five-year, $56 million contract. LT Brandon Albert signed his franchise tag deal, which is worth over $9 million in 2013.
Honestly, with players like Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and Derrick Johnson, I expected the Chiefs to be better defensively. New head coach Andy Reid named Bob Sutton as the new defensive coordinator; Sutton coached the New York Jets defense backs when they were still talented.
Meanwhile, Reid brings in Alex Smith from San Francisco to be the franchise's stopgap QB. Reid has a strong history with quarterbacks, so I expect the transition in systems will be smooth for Smith. Smith has some good weapons to work with, especially since Bowe was retained. Jamaal Charles is as explosive as ever and finished the 2012 season with more than 1,500 yards on a healthy average of 5.3 yards per carry. If Brooks Reed moves to inside linebacker, the responsibility of setting the edge against the run will fall to youngsters like Whitney Mercilus, Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams. Their predecessor, Connor Barwin, left big shoes to fill in run-stopping.
It's kind of a shame that Cassel didn't work out for the Chiefs. He had a remarkable season when the Texans faced him in 2010. But he fell off badly, of course, be it from his own shortcomings or the incompetence of the two regimes he played under. Either way, I'm curious to know what Chiefs fans think of their new "upgrade" in Smith.
Arbitrary prediction made in June of 2013: Texans 23, Chiefs 13
How many games go by before Alex Smith once again hears his home crowd booing him? Week 7 against the Texans might be it. The Texans have the players on defense to neutralize the Chiefs' weapons on the outside. Bowe is a great player but so is Johnathan Joseph; it will be a great battle to watch. Anthony Fasano isn't scaring anyone down the middle (if he ever did), and a (hopefully) healthy linebacking corps will contain Charles to a modest day.
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Brett Kollmann talks and we listen:
I would just like to point out that all of these arbitrary stats that both sides have thrown out here are completely pointless
Your receivers will be blanketed, your lines will be penetrated, your quarterback will be sacked, and there is not a damn thing Jamaal Charles can do about it. It's scheme vs scheme, and our system is literally built to stop your system.
Texans 24, Chiefs 9.
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