Houston Texans: Three Keys to a Season Kickoff Victory

Thursday night September 10, 2020, the Houston Texans will travel to take on the defending Super Bowl Champions, Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is expecting a small crowd to attend for the raising of the championship banner and game. This game will be a rematch of the AFC Divisional round in 2019. For the Texans, there are plenty of new faces this time around. What will it take for them to pull the upset in the season opener? Here are three keys for the Houston Texans to beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wide Receivers

Gone is All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins. The Houston Texans traded him to the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason for RB David Johnson. It is going to be up to the new corps of wideouts to get open and provide Deshaun Watson with the needed separation for him to deliver the ball. Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller IV will lead the way on the outside. Along with Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb.

If the Texans can get the ball to their outside players, they should find success. The Kansas City Chiefs finished eighth last year in passing defense. However, they lost Kendall Fuller to the Washington Football Team in the offseason. Look for Watson and his new weapons to try to exploit the Chiefs early.

Contain Patrick Mahomes

You know that Mahomes is going to be hyped up. Opening night, defending Super Bowl Champions, playing at home are all factors that point towards a Chiefs win. Not so fast, the Texans have a different plan up their sleeve. If the defense can contain Mahomes and keep him in the pocket, the Texans will have a great opportunity to pull off the first big upset of the 2020 NFL Season.

Deshaun Watson

Let us not forget the dynamic QB on the other side of the ball. Watson just signed a huge deal. He is ready to go out and prove that the money the Houston Texans are spending is all worth it. Nevertheless, he [Watson] is going to be without his best target in DeAndre Hopkins. Look for Bill O’Brien to try to establish his outside weapons early against a newer secondary. If there is going to be any success for the Texans it will more than likely come at the hands and feet of Deshaun Watson.

The Houston Texans blew a prime opportunity to play for the AFC Championship last season. This season they will need to reach that game and maybe even beyond to get that monkey off their back. The Chiefs still rule the world and will let everyone know it. Slow and steady wins the race. If you get too far ahead, you must stay on the gas.

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