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DeAndre Hopkins and friends can be a problem for the Chiefs

We talked about the Kansas City Chiefs pass rush potentially being a problem this week after we watched what they could (or couldn’t) do against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1.

Brock Osweiler is not the quarterback that Philip Rivers is but he still has weapons, namely DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans star receiver has posted lines of 3-76-1, 9-98-2 and 6-69-0 in three games against the Chiefs. You think they’re all of a sudden going to forget about him? No, they will not. The problem is that DeAndre Hopkins is bringing some friends along with him now, including rookie WR Will Fuller.

“Hopkins is still one of the very best in the game, and now that he has a running mate he can be even better,” Brett Kollmann from SB Nation’s Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, tells us. “The Bears learned really quickly that Will Fuller is not someone that you want to leave on an island, so I would imagine that the Chiefs will have to bite the bullet and give Hopkins a one on one matchup for a good portion of the day just to save themselves from the damage that Fuller can do on the deep ball.”

The Chiefs don’t have their corners follow the receiver so Peters will get him when he comes to his side and the same with Phillip Gaines. I do like Gaines’ speed in trying to hang with Fuller, whose speed was already highlighted by Andy Reid this week.

“His vertical game –he’d probably match it against anybody,” Reid said of Fuller. “He can go get it, and they use him on some quick screen things, but I think the thing that jumps out when you watch him is his down the field speed. He can run.”

Battle Red Blog wrote about him here.

“That's not all the Texans have in the way of receivers though, as the ultra-elusive Braxton Miller came in and surprised everyone by taking the starting slot receiver job almost immediately,” Brett continued. “He looked fantastic in the preseason and was open quite often against Chicago despite his low target count.”

Remember Braxton, Chiefs fans? We talked A LOT about him in the offseason as someone the Chiefs should target.

“When you throw in Lamar Miller as a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield,” Brett wrote, “the Texans easily have more weapons this year than at any other point in franchise history. I suppose that their thinking is that you can't double everyone, right?”

The Chiefs are feeling similar about their offense with Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce and now Spencer Ware. Who will win out on Sunday?

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