The NFL playoffs continue today with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans in the first of two Sunday games to close out the divisional round.
The 12-4 Chiefs come into this game off a bye week earned as the second seed in the AFC playoffs. With an offense led by superstars like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs possess one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. The matchup between Mahomes and the Texans’ Deshaun Watson could make for one of the most exciting games of the NFL season.
The Texans come into this game fresh off an overtime victory at home against the Buffalo Bills in the wild card round last week. The Texans won the AFC South this year with a 10-6 record, their fourth playoff berth in the last five years. The Texans come into this game riding a bizarre season long pattern of one loss followed by two wins, repeated over and over again. Coming off their latest win, if form holds the Texans are slated for one more playoff win, then a loss next week, though buying into that kind of random numerical pattern probably isn’t the wisest of ways to analyze this contest.
These two teams met earlier this year in week 6 of the regular season, with the Texans prevailing in Kansas City by a score of 31 - 24. In that game the Texans ran all over the Chiefs, racking up 192 yards rushing, their largest rushing output of the season. The Chiefs have tightened their defense up considerably since then. After struggling on defense over the first ten games of the season, the Chiefs defense allowed an average of less than 12 points per game over the last six games. Not coincidentally, the Chiefs won each of their last six games.
It’s the Chiefs and the Texans in the kickoff to one of the best weekends in the NFL season. Enjoy the game everybody.