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NFL Week 1 Game Capsule: Texans v. Chiefs

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Take a look inside the numbers as the Houston Texans prepare to open their 2015 regular season by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on Sunday.

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Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your Houston Texans steel themselves for their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

SERIES

CHIEFS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

Series tied: 3-3

STREAKS

2 of past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Andy Reid: 5-0

Bill O’Brien: 0-0

LAST GAME

10/20/13: Texans 16 at Chiefs 17. Kansas City QB Alex Smith and RB Jamaal Charles each rush for TDs. Chiefs LB Tamba Hali totals 7 tackles & 2.5 sacks.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/17/10: Texans 35, Chiefs 31. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 2 4th quarter TDs. Texans QB Matt Shaub completes 25 passes for 305 yards & 2 TDs (123.9 passer rating).

REFEREE

Pete Morelli

BROADCAST

CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (KC), 93 (Hou.). XM: 225 (Hou.). 

2014 STATS

PASSING

Smith: 303-464-3265-18-6-93.4

Hoyer (Cle.): 242-438-3326-12-13-76.5

RUSHING

Charles: 206-1033-5.0-9 (T1C)

Blue: 169-528-3.1-2

RECEIVING

Maclin (Phi.): 85-1318-15.5-10

Hopkins: 76-1210-15.9-6

OFFENSE

318.8

344.6

TAKE/GIVE

-3

+12 (T1C)

DEFENSE

330.5

348.2

SACKS

Houston: 22.0 (1L)

Watt: 20.5 (2L)

INTs

2 tied: 1

Demps (NYG), Moore (Den.): 4

PUNTING

Colquitt: 44.6

Lechler: 46.3

KICKING

Santos: 113 (38/38 PAT; 25/30 FG)

Bullock: 130 (40/40 PAT; 30/35 FG)

NOTES

CHIEFS:

Since joining KC in 2013, QB ALEX SMITH is 19-11 (.633) as starter, the most wins by QB in his first 2 seasons with club. Since 2011, Smith is 38-16-1 (.700) as starter and has passed for 11,453 yards & 71 TDs versus 23 INTs, with a 92.7 rating.

RB JAMAAL CHARLES has 14 TDs in his past 13 games (9 rush, 5 receiving). He averages 5.5 yards per attempt for his career, the highest of any NFL RB in history (min. 750 att.).

WR JEREMY MACLIN makes his Chiefs debut on Sunday. In 6 seasons with Eagles (2009-14), Maclin posted 343 catches for 4,771 yards and 36 TDs. In 2014, He led Philadelphia with career-highs in catches (85) and receiving yards (1,318), along with 10 TDs, which tied for his career-best.

In 2014, TE TRAVIS KELCE ranked 3rd among AFC TEs with 862 receiving yards and joined TONY GONZALEZ and WALTER WHITE as the only Chiefs TEs with 800-yard receiving seasons.

LB JUSTIN HOUSTON led the NFL with a franchise-record 22 sacks in 2014.  That tied for the second-most in a single-season by any NFL player since 1982. Houston has 10 sacks in his past 6 games and aims for his 7th game in a row with a sack.

TEXANS:

QB BRIAN HOYER makes his Texans debut on Sunday. Hoyer started 13 of 14 games with the Browns in 2014, passing for a career-high 3,326 yards and 12 TDs.

In 3 career starts, RB ALFRED BLUE has 310 scrimmage yards (280 rush, 30 receiving, good for 103.3 per game), including a career-high 156 rush yards on 11/16/14 vs. the Browns last year.

WR DEANDRE HOPKINS led the Texans with a career-best 1,210 receiving yards in 2014, including 4 100-yard games. In Hopkins' only career meeting with the Chiefs, he had 3 catches for 76 yards (25.3 avg.) and a TD.

WR CECIL SHORTS III also makes his Houston debut on Sunday.  In 4 seasons with the Jaguars (2011-14), Shorts posted 176 catches for 2,343 yards and 12 TDs.

Two-time NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. WATT ranked 2nd in NFL with 20.5 sacks in 2014.  He is the only player since 1982 with two 20+ sack seasons. In 2014, Watt became the first player in NFL history with 3+ offensive TDs, 2 TDs on takeaways, and a safety in the same season.

On Sunday, five-time Pro Bowl DT VINCE WILFORK makes his Texans debut. In 11 seasons with the Patriots (2004-14), Wilfork started 148 of 158 games and posted 16 sacks and 3 INTs.

Since entering the NFL in 2006, CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 5 INTs returned for TDs, which is tied for the most in the AFC (ED REED).

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