The Texans have developed a sizzling AFC rivalry with the Chiefs. As two constant division-winning groups within the AFC with elite first-round quarterbacks from the 2017 NFL Draft — Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes — their greatest matchups are but to return.
Final season, Watson and the Texans gained on the Chiefs 31-24 in the course of the common season in October, however when the stakes had been raised within the divisional playoffs in January, the Texans blew a 24-Zero lead and misplaced 51-31.
Mahomes and his staff went on to win Tremendous Bowl 54 over the 49ers, whereas as soon as once more Watson noticed a unique staff from the AFC South (the Titans) go a step additional within the playoffs. Now Houston needs to be reminded of the season-closing nightmare within the 2020 opener, whereas Kansas Metropolis will look to have a good time by “ringing” up a giant win once more.
Here is all the pieces to learn about betting on Texans vs. Chiefs in Week 1, together with up to date odds, tendencies and our skilled’s prediction for the NFL’s 2020 season-opener.
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Texans vs. Chiefs odds for Thursday night time soccer
Unfold: Chiefs by 9Over/underneath: 54Level unfold odds: Texans -110, Chiefs -110
The Chiefs have been regular touchdown-plus favorites because the early strains for the sport had been launched. Coming into the primary recreation after an uncommon offseason, the Chiefs have far few variables with their offense and protection and are arguably a greater staff than they had been in 2019, whereas the Texans are undoubtedly worse.
Texans vs. Chiefs all-time sequence
The Chiefs maintain a 7-5 lead in 12 conferences after the Texans didn’t even the file within the earlier matchup. Kansas Metropolis has gained 5 of the previous seven conferences, together with within the playoffs after the 2015 and 2019 seasons.
Three tendencies to know
— 55 % of bettors just like the Chiefs to cowl their first unfold as heavy favorites to repeat in Tremendous Bowl 55.
— 56 % of bettors like the whole to go over with two explosive offenses on the sphere and the huge factors these groups put up final season.
— The Chiefs went 15-Four straight up and 14-5 in opposition to the unfold final season. The Texans had been 10-6 straight up and Eight-10 in opposition to the unfold final season.
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Three issues to look at
Hey, Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The Chiefs will search for one other Thursday night time opener explosion from a rookie operating again like they obtained in 2017 from Kareem Hunt in opposition to the Patriots. This time, Edwards-Helaire is a extremely hyped first-round choose. He’s a whole again who excels as a receiver, making him one of the promising Andy Reid backs ever. Kansas Metropolis might go straightforward with Edwards-Helaire’s workload in his first recreation, nonetheless, particularly if it will get a giant lead. Darrel Williams is the brand new prime backup.
Hill and Kelce and … Hardman?
The Chiefs had some issues when prime broad receiver Tyreek Hill had extra hamstring points in coaching camp. Then newly prolonged elite tight finish Travis Kelce popped up on the Week 1 damage report with a knee problem. They each needs to be high quality and supply pace and quickness for Mahomes per common. However it will be good if a 3rd non-backfield playmaker emerged extra constantly than Sammy Watkins and DeMarcus Robinson.
Mecole Hardman flashed as a Hill-like rookie wideout final season. In 12 months 2, with Watkins and Robinson of their probably ultimate years as Chiefs, it will make sense to showcase his big-play skill much more out of the gate in 2020.
No extra Nuk
Watson misplaced his go-to man within the offseason when the Texans shockingly traded DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans moved on by buying and selling for former Ram, Patriot and Saint Brandin Cooks.
The Cardinals additionally gave them David Johnson for Hopkins. He replaces Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller because the lead backfield choice.
Cooks is iffy for the sport with a quad damage. Johnson broke down fairly a bit final season in Arizona. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how a lot Watson is affected initially by not having acquainted assist.
Stat that issues
three. That is the variety of key starters the Chiefs do not have from their Tremendous Bowl-winning model. Operating again Damien Williams and left guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opted out due to COVID-19 issues. Linebacker Reggie Ragland was the one dent within the protection.
Edwards-Helaire is an improve over Williams and Kelechi Osemele was a great veteran fill-in discover for Duvernay-Tardif. Rookie Willie Homosexual Jr. has loads of upside taking up for Ragland, flanked by Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson on the second degree.
The Texans moved Hopkins and have a brand new operating again, however their protection appears extra weak than it ever has been within the J.J. Watt period. Benefit of continuity clearly goes to the Chiefs.
Texans vs. Chiefs prediction
Mahomes, Edwards-Helaire, HIll, Kelce and all of the Chiefs’ offensive stars will be capable of do no matter they need for many of Thursday night time. Watson has to regulate to his new weapons to catch up however as common, he will not surrender in attempting to steer the Texans. This time, the Chiefs would be the ones placing the Texans in a giant gap from which they will not dig out.
Chiefs 42, Texans 24