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Chiefs-Texans predictions: Third time won’t be the charm for Houston

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It’s the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Houston Texans on Sunday as 2.5-point underdogs. Let’s see who the Arrowhead Pride staff is picking to win...

Chiefs 30 Texans 24

Of course we’re picking the Chiefs to win after they beat the Texans twice last season - in Houston. The Texans look much better so I’m expecting a closer game than the first two. -Joel Thorman

Chiefs 27 Texans 21

The Chiefs mount another late game drive to seal the deal against the Texans. Surprisingly, the Chiefs offensive line looks better against the Texans front seven than it does against the Chargers front seven. Brock Osweiler's long delivery motion allows Marcus Peters a little extra time to jump in front of a pass and come away with a huge interception. The Chiefs run defense looks much better and Lamar Miller has fewer than 100 rushing yards on the ground. The majority of the Texans points come from big passing plays. The Chiefs safeties better be ready to play in this game or it could be a long day. -Super_G

Chiefs 31, Texans 24

I think the Chiefs team we'll see this year more closely resembles what we saw in the second half of the Chargers than the first half, by a sizable margin. The defense suffered from miscommunications and missed assignments against Philip Rivers and got picked apart. Given Sutton's history I expect things to be much more tightened up this week. The Texans are a better team than they were last year, but it's tough for me to pick a team the Chiefs handily beat twice last season. -MNchiefsfan

Chiefs 27, Texans 21

Houston has more weapons, a less terrible QB, and it's hard to win three games in a row at the same opponent. Those are all the reasons people could have for picking the Texans. The Chiefs also have more weapons than last year with the emergence of Spencer Ware, Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley. At QB, Alex 3.0 >>>> Brock, and it's not particularly close. The Chiefs, especially on defense, looked lost for a while last week, but they'll get better as the season goes on. Chiefs win. -stagdsp

Chiefs 24, Texans 13

I’ve been harping on this all week long on Twitter, but I still can’t believe how the line has favored Houston. Andy Reid has never lost to the Texans. Two games ago, for the Texans, they were fleeced by 30 at Houston. What more do you need to know? The Chiefs are better, deeper, more experienced while also showing they absolutely own their opponent. Will Fuller aside, the rest of the Texans’ offseason moves were very uninspiring. Chiefs by double digits. -Matt Conner

Texans 27 Chiefs 17

The Chiefs aren't beating a hungry Texans team on the road three times in a row, especially not with two injuries on the offensive line. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller will pick up where Keenan Allen left off last Sunday, and the Chiefs defense will again be exposed. The Chiefs are way too depleted compared to a year ago to beat a playoff team in their own house. -Clay Wendler