We made it. After a loooong nine month wait we are just about to the Kansas City Chiefs 2015 season opener against the Houston Texans. The Chiefs will be going on the road to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas where they are a 1-point 'dog against JJ Watt and the Texans.
Houston will be starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback after he beat out Ryan Mallett. Arian Foster has an injury and will not play in the game which is good news for the Chiefs and their run defense. Speaking of that run defense, the Chiefs should see a boost in theirs. Dontari Poe, who had back surgery in July, stands a good shot of playing on Sunday. Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito are back from their 2014 Week 1 season-ending injuries and then of course there's Eric Berry who has returned from cancer. All those players should be in uniform and ready to face the Texans. You can find the Chiefs-Texans full injury report here.
The key to the game for the Chiefs is of course stopping JJ Watt. He has had recent comparisons to Lawrence Taylor in the way that he completely changes the game. Former Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel is the defensive coordinator in Houston and knows how special of a player he has. The Chiefs have their own special players in Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce. You can find here Jamaal Charles' fantasy projection for the season. You can also find the Chiefs fantasy advice for this game.
The Chiefs last played the Texans in 2013 when KC beat Case Keenum and Co. That game made the Chiefs 7-0 on the season. Andy Reid is now 4-0 all-time against the Texans while the Chiefs franchise is 3-3 against Houston. This one is for the tiebreaker.
The announcers for the game will have a very Kansas City feel as it's Kevin Harlan, who once called the Chiefs games in the 1980s and early 1990s, along with Rich Gannon, the former Chiefs quarterback.
Chiefs players say they have a feeling about this year. That will be tested Sunday in Houston. I am predicting the Chiefs to win the game, 20-13. Drop your prediction below.
Nuts and bolts
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Game time: Sunday, September 13, 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: CBS / KCTV-5 (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (Live audio, replay after it's over)
Matchup history: 3-3 (all-time), 4-0 (Andy Reid vs. Texans)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Enemy blog: Battle Red Blog
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Week 1: @ Houston Texans (Sept. 13, 12 p.m. CBS)
Week 2: Denver Broncos (TNF, Sept. 17, 7:25 p.m., NFL Network)
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers (MNF, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 4: @ Cincinnati Bengals (Oct. 4, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 5: Chicago Bears (Oct. 11, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 18, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 25, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 8: Detroit Lions (London, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m., Fox)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: @ Denver Broncos (Nov. 15, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 11: @ San Diego Chargers (SNF, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., NBC)
Week 12: Buffalo Bills (Nov. 29, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 13: @ Oakland Raiders (Dec. 6, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 14: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 13, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 15: @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 20, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 16: Cleveland Browns (Dec. 27, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: Oakland Raiders (Jan. 3, 12 p.m., CBS)