The Houston Texans played a nearly flawless first half at Arrowhead Stadium today. Well, aside for the Carlos Hyde fumble, the Tyreek Hill deep touchdown reception, and all the missed tackles. But they played the ball at the catch point, they attacked the Chiefs’ linebackers to run a balanced and efficient offensive attack that brutalized the Chiefs’ league worst defense and pulled their linebackers out to the sideline. The only other downside was Will Fuller dropping three touchdown catches and failing to Nelson Agholor Tyrann Mathieu.
The second half was more of the same. The Texans continued their balanced offensive attack and traded touchdowns with the Chiefs. That changed, though. Lonnie Johnson Jr. got away with a defensive pass interference penalty after Patrick Mahomes threw a low pass to Travis Kelce, and stole an Andy Reid timeout in the process.
On the worst drive of the day, Kansas City, down by seven points, threw a screen and lost four yards on first down, ran it against a top ten run defense on second down, and after getting zero pressure all game, Jacob Martin and J.J. Watt finally broke through and sent Patrick Mahomes whirling around with a horror movie ankle and unable to create first down magic.
Punt. The Texans get the baa back. Time to do what Bill O’Brien loves more than anything, kill the clock. The playcalling was great to take advantage of the Chiefs’ front seven and zone coverage. A gutty call on fourth down and three kept Kai’imi Fairbairn on the bench, and Deshaun Watson found DeAndre Hopkins open against Mathieu in zone coverage. It doesn’t get any better.
Everything I thought I knew is a lie. All rational football analysis is futile. Deshaun Watson in the only true mythical being. Bill O’Brien is an offensive genius.
The Texans win 31-24. They’re 4-2 and in first place of the AFC South with the Indianapolis Colts on a bye. Houston heads to Indianapolis to play the Colts at 12 p.m. for first place in the AFC South next week.