After months of excitement and drooling over a potential super vertical, super cool, kill ‘em all offense, the Houston Texans fell behind 31-7 after taking a 7 point lead.
The Chiefs marched up and down the field, rather than teleporting like they did in the Divisional Round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs. They utilized screens, a strange inside run game, and Patrick Mahomes picked apart the blitzes Houston sent. Like last year, Houston didn’t have an answer for Travis Kelce, and like last year, Houston didn’t have the cornerback talent to play press-man or the pass rush talent to get after Patrick Mahomes, two of the prerequisites needed to beat Kansas City.
Houston’s offense had one beautiful drive. That was fun. David Johnson looked rejuvenated. The ball was out quick. The field was spread out. Deshaun Watson was able to pick and pop his way through Kansas City’s defense. It was like watching a New England Patriots game.
That was pretty much it. From there, Chris Jones picked on Zach Fulton, both Tytus Howard and Laremy Tunsil had issues against Frank Clark, and Tyrann Mathieu beat Darren Fells on an edge blitz to force a lazy interception, which pretty much ended it.
Houston the did what they did back in 2017. They scored late points to make the final score look closer than the game really was. It was 31-20 until an onside kick created a short field and Kansas City kicked a silly field goal from there.
At least this time Houston didn’t blow a 24 point lead.
Houston plays the other AFC supergiant, the Baltimore Ravens, next Sunday, 9/20 at 3:05 p.m. CDT.