Chiefs vs. Texans Prediction
The Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs collide today at 1PM ET in a game that could feature a lot of big defensive plays.
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Texans are a slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Chiefs. The over/under total for the game has been set at 43 points. The Chiefs have won their last three meetings with the Texans. The two have split the over/under total over their eight encounters in history.
The Chiefs are coming off a momentum-building win in the opener, beating the Chargers 33-27 in overtime after trailing 24-3 in the second half. The surge for KC not only got the Chiefs a win, but allowed them to hit the over as well. Alex Smith finished with one of his best games, throwing for 363 yards and two touchdowns. The team also got a lot of big plays from Spencer Ware, who rushed for 70 yards and a score and also had 129 receiving yards. While the defense gave up 388 yards in the game, it really tightened up in the second half and looked more like the KC defense we would expect.
The Texans opened the season with a 23-14 home win over the Bears last week, hitting the under for their fifth time in their last six games. Houston was dominant on defense, holding the Bears to just 258 total yards while picking up five sacks and forcing one turnover. Offensively, Houston had solid showings from new acquisitions Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller. Miller had 106 rushing yards on 28 carries while Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns on 22 of 35 passing.
This game should be physical and full of emotion. The Texans are trying to show they are a different team than the one that lost 30-0 to KC in the playoffs last year. Still, they face a tough Kansas City team that isn’t easily beaten. The Chiefs defense should be stronger this week after a good second half against San Diego. Look for them to give Osweiler problems and stuff the run. Houston should also be able to step up on defense and pose problems for Alex Smith with their tenacious pass rush. Points should be hard to come by in this game.
NFL WEEK 2 PREDICTION: CHIEFS/TEXANS UNDER 43