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Quick Hits (Divisional Round Edition): Texans vs. Chiefs

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Last weekend the Houston Texans avenged the Houston Oilers by pulling their own “Comeback” on the Buffalo Bills. This week they have the opportunity to avenge their 2015 postseason pummeling at the hands of the Chiefs. With one win against Kansas City in the books already this season, can Houston do it again?

While the stats won’t give us that answer, they are a great predictor, or a conversation starter, or just numbers...you choose. Either way, here we are.

  • The Texans and Chiefs have played just one postseason game, a 2015 Wild Card game won by Kansas City.
  • The Chiefs from 1960-62 were known as the Dallas Texans before relocating to Kansas City in 1963.
  • In Week 6 this season, Houston beat Kansas City, 31-24, at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • Kansas City leads the all-time series 6-5, with a 1-0 playoff record against Houston
  • Houston has won 2 pf the last 3 against the Chiefs
  • The Chiefs are 10-19 in the playoffs while the Texans are 4-5
  • Bill O’Brien is 2-3 against the Chiefs
  • Andy Reid is 7-2 against the Texans
  • Against common opponents, Houston is 7-4 while KC is 9-2
  • Houston’s offense is averaging 23.6 points per game while the defense is giving up 24.1
  • Kansas City’s offense is averaging 28.2 points per game while the defense is giving up 19.3
  • Houston’s offense is gaining 362.0 yards per game, while the defense is surrendering 388.3
  • KC’s offense is gaining 379.2 yards per game, while the defense is surrendering 349.6
  • Deshaun “The Magician” Watson has completed 333 of his 495 pass attempts for 3852 yards, 26 touchdowns, 12 INTs and a passer rating of 98.0
  • Patrick Mahomes has completed 319 of his 484 pass attempts for 4031 yards, 26 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and a passer rating of 105.3
  • Carlos Hyde carried the ball 245 times for 1070 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and 6 TDs
  • Damien Williams: carried the ball 111 times for 498 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 5 TDs
  • DeAndre Hopkins caught 104 passes for 1165 yards, an 11.2 yard per catch average and 7 TDs
  • Travis Kelce caught 97 passes for 1229 yards, a 12.7 yard per catch average and 5 TDs
  • Whitney Mercilus leads all Texans with 7.5 sacks
  • Chris Jones leads all Chiefs with 9 sacks
  • Tashaun Gipson leads Houston with 3 interceptions
  • Former Texan Tyrann Mathieu leads KC with 4 interceptions.
  • Houston broke even in the turnover battle, taking the ball away 22 times, while giving it back 22 times
  • Kansas City is +8 in turnovers, taking the ball 23 times and only giving it back 15 times
  • At their first meeting in 2019, Houston led the turnover battle 3-2
  • The Texans won the AFC South division title for 2nd consecutive season & 4th time in past 5 years. They won their 1st playoff game since 2016 last week
  • The Chiefs won the AFC West for 4th consecutive season, the longest streak in franchise history
  • Houston had 3 players named to 2020 Pro Bowl: DeAndre Hopkins, Laremy Tunsil and Deshaun Watson
  • KC had 6 players named to 2020 Pro Bowl: Frank Clark, Mecole Hardman, Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones, Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes
  • The Texans ranked 5th in AFC with 23.6 points per game & 6th with 362 yards per game
  • The Chiefs ranked 2nd in AFC in yards per game (379.2) & points per game (28.2) and were 1 of 5 teams in 2019 averaging over 25 points per game & allowing fewer than 20 points per game (19.3)
  • Deshaun Watson completed 20 of 25 passes (80%) for 247 yards and 1 TD for 121.2 rating & rushed for 55 yards & 1 TD last week. He has 131 rushing yards in 2 career postseason games, the 3rd-most by any QB in 1st 2 postseason games in NFL history. Watson passed for 280 yards with TD & rushed for 2 TDs in Week 6 meeting. He has 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 101.5 rating in 2 career games vs. KC
  • Patrick Mahomes passed for 4,031 yards with 26 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 105.3 rating in 2019 & became 1st QB to pass for 4,000+ yards & 25+ TDs in consecutive seasons in franchise history. He passed for 273 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 96.5 rating in Week 6 meeting.
  • Mahomes has never thrown an interception in the playoffs while completing 4 touchdown passes
  • Carlos Hyde had 1 TD catch last week, 1st-career postseason TD. He has a TD in 3 of past 4 games. Hyde rushed for 116 yards & 1 TD in Week 6 meeting. He had 1st-career 1,000-yard rushing season (1,070) in 2019
  • Duke Johnson had 1 TD catch in week 6 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with rec. TD. Is 1 of 2 RBs (James White) with 40+ catches in each of past 5 seasons
  • Damien Williams led KC with 498 rush yards & 5 rush TDs in 2019, both career highs. He aims for 3rd in row in postseason with a rushing TD
  • LeSean McCoy had 646 scrimmage yards & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) this season. He’s aiming for his 3rd in row in postseason with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. Houston
  • DeAndre Hopkins led his team with 6 catches for career postseason-high 90 yards last week. He had 9 catches for 55 yards in week 6 meeting. Tied for AFC lead with 104 catches for 1,165 yards & 7 TDs in 2019
  • Will Fuller set career highs in catches (49) & rec. yards (670) this season. He has 7 catches in 2 career postseason games
  • Darren Fells ranked 3rd among TEs with career-high 7 receiving TDs in 2019
  • Travis Kelce led his team with 97 catches for 1,229 yards in 2019 & had 5 receiving TDs. He became 1st TE in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards in 4 consecutive seasons. Kelce had 8 catches for 128 yards in 2015 wildcard game vs. Houston (1/9/16). He has a TD catch in 2 of past 3 in postseason.
  • Tyreek Hill had 58 catches for 860 yards & team-high 7 receiving TDs in 2019. He had 5 catches for 80 yards & 2 TDs in week 6 meeting
  • Mecole Hardman ranked 3rd among AFC rookies with 6 TD catches
  • J.J. Watt had 1 game-changing sack last week & has 9 TFL, 6 sacks, 5 passes defensed and 1 pick-6 in 7 career postseason games
  • Whitney Mercilus had 1 sack &1 forced fumble last week. He has 7 sacks in his past 5 postseason games
  • Jacob Martin had 1 sack & 1 fumble recovery last week
  • Frank Clark had 8 sacks this season. He had 1 forced fumble in week 6 meeting. Clark aims for 3rd in row in postseason with sack.
  • Chris Jones led team with 9 sacks in 2019. Had 4 passes defensed in 2 postseason games last year. Aims for 3rd in row with sack.
  • DeAndre Hopkins leads NFL with most receiving touchdowns since 2017 at 31
  • Tyreek Hill is 3rd on that list with 26
  • Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with most passing touchdowns since 2018 with 76

There you have it - all the stats you could ever need to debate the Houston Texans’ chances of winning their first divisional round playoff game and advancing to the AFC Championship Game against the Ravens or Titans.