Houston Texans: It’s Crucial for This Team to Beat Kansas City

With Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season set to begin on Thursday night, the Houston Texans have to prove they can beat or at least play well versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

It won’t be an easy task against the defending Super Bowl champions. But, Houston has to compete and show their tough offseason won’t hurt them.

Hopkins-less in Houston

Back in April, elite receiver DeAndre Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.

Yes, it hurts losing one of the best targets in football. But, at least there won’t be any negative vibes between Hopkins and head coach Bill O’Brien anymore in the locker room.

In the deal, Houston grabbed running back David Johnson.

It’s going to be weird seeing the Texans without Hopkins, but it’s not like the team should be sinking in the division.

I still expect Houston to battle for the top spot in the AFC South.

Challenge Accepted

The Texans have to play well on Thursday and defeat the Chiefs because with so many questions around this team it would help if they could start the season 1-0.

Plus, it would be huge just to say they beat the Super Bowl champs and MVP Patrick Mahomes at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Texans need to keep up with Indianapolis and Tennessee, but I expect Houston to keep pace throughout the entire year.

Rockin’ With Receivers

Despite losing Hopkins, the Texans still have receivers for quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks were added to a receiving core that already includes Will Fuller V and Kenny Stills.

However, the Texans offensive line will have to improve this season.

Last year, Watson was sacked 44 times and in 2018 he was brought down a whopping 62 times.

And right before this article was written, Watson and the Texans agreed to a four-year, $160 million extension.

So, Houston is hoping they can figure out how to protect their franchise QB and long-term investment.

Houston should be in line for a playoff spot this season, but a lot rides with this offense and how Watson is able to lead the team to victories.

Wattch Out

As for the Texans defense, J.J. Watt remains a major factor.

Last season Watt missed eight regular-season games due to a torn pectoral. But, the 2011 first-round pick out of Wisconsin played in Houston’s two playoff games versus Buffalo (won) and Kansas City (lost).

Returning linebacker Whitney Mercilus recorded 7.5 sacks in 2019 and fellow backer Zach Cunningham had 99 tackles.

Cornerback Gareon Conley is entering his second season with the Texans after spending his first three years in Oakland.

Conley posted 27 tackles and 11 pass deflections in eight games played. He missed time due to injury.

Fellow Ohio State Buckeye Bradley Roby is also in his second season with the Texans.

Roby came over in free agency after spending five years with the Denver Broncos.

Roby started 10 games for Houston in 2019 and tallied two interceptions, eight pass deflections, a sack, and 38 tackles.

Ready for Week 1

The Texans have guys who can play football at a high level, but they need to start the 2020 season off right.

Sure they can play well after Week 1 in Kansas City. But, beating the Chiefs would help set the tone for the new season and put the league on notice.

How can the Houston Texans beat the Kansas City Chiefs? Leave a comment below.

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