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Fireworks & Fog: Texans Defense Again Befuddled In 34-20 Chiefs Win


Chiefs 34, Texans 20 - and yet another meeting between these two clubs in which O'Brien's defense simply has no answers for Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes (24 of 32 for 211 yards and three touchdowns) and his assortment of electric weapons.


What changed in this matchup from the 51-31 playoff loss sustained by Houston to end the Texans' 2019 season?


coach Andy Reid wearing an oversized COVID-protection face shield that on a rainy night at Arrowhead Stadium was mostly fogged up.


Fogged up ... not unlike a Texans defense that simply cannot solve the collection of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins ... and now, it seems, a legit running game upon which to rely in case one of the other fireworks doesn't pop.


Houston QB Deshaun Watson (who ran for one score and threw for another) and his group didn't fare much better, the Texans leaning toward the conservative in their choice-making ... on decisions to punt on fourth-and-apparently-too-long, to labor to "establish the run'' even after the score grew lopsided, and to throw downfield to the pass-catchers who were supposed to receiver-by-committee their way to making up for the Arizona trade-away of DeAndre Hopkins.


And it does mean that if they have those sort of aspirations of their own, and don't improve vastly on defense, the hopes of O'Brien's team will be ... history.






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