The Kansas City Chiefs go on the road to Houston to face the Texans for the third time in the last year. The Chiefs beat the Texans in Week 1 last year and in the AFC Wild Card playoff game where KC claimed ownership of the entire city of Houston in a 30-0 blowout.
The Chiefs will be without Justin Houston and potentially without Jamaal Charles. They were without them last week and completed a 21-point comeback to beat the San Diego Chargers in overtime. Alex Smith was hot in the second half and will be looking to carry that momentum into this game along with Spencer Ware who put up nearly 200 yards of offense against San Diego.
JJ Watt will play despite an offseason of surgeries. He should be fired up after the last game where Chiefs LT Eric Fisher beat him so bad he contemplated retirement. (Hi, Texans fans.) The Texans have DeAndre Hopkins still but also added Will Fuller and Lamar Miller to make for a potentially explosive Texans offense. Brock Osweiler will be protected by former Chiefs guard Jeff Allen.
The Chiefs are the underdogs in this game. It’s only a 2.5-point line though so the odds experts expect it to be a close game and so do I. I have the Chiefs winning, 24-20.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead South Stadium, Houston, Texas
Game time: Sunday, September 18, 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: KCTV-5 / CBS (Do I get the game?)
Spanish radio: KCZZ 1480 AM (Tico Sports)
Matchup history: Chiefs lead 5-3
Prediction: Chiefs win 24-20
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots
Enemy blog: Battle Red Blog
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Chiefs 2016 schedule
Week 1: Chargers 27 Chiefs 33
Week 2 9/18, 12pm: at Texans (cbs)
Week 3 9/25 325pm: Jets (cbs)
Week 4, 10/2, 730pm: at Steelers (nbc - Sun night)
Week 5: Bye
Week 6 10/16, 3:05pm: at Raiders (cbs)
Week 7, 10/23, 12pm: Saints (fox)
Week 8, 10/30, 12pm: at Colts (cbs)
Week 9, 11/6, 12pm: Jaguars (cbs)
Week 10, 11/13, 12pm: at Panthers (cbs)
Week 11, 11/20, 12pm: Bucs (fox)
Week 12, 11/27, 325: at Broncos (cbs)
Week 13, 12/4, 12pm: at Falcons (cbs)
Week 14, 12/8, 725pm: Raiders (nbc - Thurs night)
Week 15, 12/18, 12pm: Titans (cbs)
Week 16, 12/25, 730pm: Broncos (nbc - Xmas night)
Week 17, 1/1, 325pm: at Chargers (cbs)