Defensively for the Chiefs, cornerbacks Phillip Gaines and rookie Marcus Peters must find a way to keep Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from having a big day. With veteran starter Sean Smith sidelined due to a three-game NFL suspension, youngsters Gaines and Peters will open on the corners. Combined they have started just five NFL regular season games. Hopkins led the Texans last year with 1,210 receiving yards in 76 catches, an average of 15.9 yards per catch with six touchdown receptions.
So much for the Chiefs getting an edge from Houston appearing on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Asked whether he'd watched the behind-the-scenes show about training camp, Grubbs replied: "I hardly ever watch TV. And when the TV is on, it's on Disney."
That’s slightly more than the $100 million and more than $51 million the Houston Texans gave to Watt a year earlier. It’s not a coincidence Houston would settle for nothing less than what Watt previously received. It stands to reason he will accept nothing less than what Watt produces in Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Texans in Houston.
If the Chiefs can improve their passing game from what it was last year, they could well win the division and – that’s right, I’m saying it – a playoff game or two. A sluggish passing game held them back last year in a season when otherwise they did a lot right. And that’s not just the usual season-opening optimism talking.
LaVance Taylor could help the B.C. Lions’ running game — and possibly their social media profile. The Lions added the University of Central Missouri Mules product to the practice roster on Tuesday. Taylor had been at the Kansas City Chiefs training camp, getting a look from the NFL club after he had tweeted the team a link to his highlight video on YouTube.
That's where Fisher is now. But it's not to say he's not an important figure for the Chiefs. He is. He's still a starter, albeit on the right side. He'll be the left tackle if Stephenson is injured. Most importantly, he'll probably be the Chiefs' left tackle in 2016 and beyond. The Chiefs have a recent history of letting their offensive linemen walk in free agency and Stephenson is in the final season of his contract. If he plays well as a left tackle, he'll most likely be too expensive for the Chiefs to retain.
Chiefs Kingdom is taking over our wild kingdom. Chiefs Cheerleaders will be meeting and greeting guests from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. See Warpaint up close and get an autograph from Susie from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. behind the sea lion exhibit. You can have your picture taken with KC Wolf when he stops by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During this time, you can also test out your own skills on the Chiefs Play 60 football equipment.
The Chiefs opened eyes last year by beating both the Patriots and the Seahawks, but they let winnable games slip away against the Titans and Raiders. Andy Reid won’t let that happen again, and the Chiefs will win the West.
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans — Texans win, 65.9% chance.
"Usually, if you can put 12 guys on the field, you’ll help yourself, but you can’t do that so we have to emphasize pursuit, effort to the ball, good angles on tackles, wrap up on tackles and things like that because he’s got an extraordinary talent as far as his speed, his vision, his reaction as a runner," Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. "If you get him into space, he’s dangerous."
Such is the anticipation the Judson graduate and Rice alumnus has for Sunday’s game at NRG Stadium, whose crowd is expected to include his parents, other family members and several friends. "It’s definitely going to be a fun game: season opener, back in Texas, back in Houston," Gaines said. "Emotions are going to be high, but you have to curb those and keep levelheaded and understand you have a game to play. You have to keep focused and do your thing."