By Alex Kurpeski
The NFL returns this Thursday night! Many thought we would never see a 2020 season due to the Covid-19 outbreak but here we are, with a playoff rematch between the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Here’s everything you need to know about this game between two of the best offensive teams in the league:
– Chiefs vs. Texans spread: Kansas City -9
– Chiefs vs. Texans over-under: 54.5 points
– Chiefs vs. Texans money line: Kansas City -450, Houston +350
What To Look For From Kansas City
We know what to expect from Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce (knee), and Tyreek Hill. Kansas City should have no trouble moving the ball through the air, especially against a Houston defense that surrendered the 12th most points to receivers and tight ends last season. Mahomes should test this suspect secondary early and often with deep shots in order to assure light boxes for rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to run through. Expect a good game from everyone, as the Texans will have the firepower to keep up in what could be a shootout.
What To Look For From Houston
Deshaun Watson is a dynamic playmaker. With or without DeAndre Hopkins he’s gonna put up points. With a trio of speedsters flanking him in the receiving core (Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills) alongside a pair of accomplished receiving backs to check down to (David and Duke Johnson), Watson is going to be able to keep pace with whatever Mahomes does. If the Texans offensive line can withstand the tenacious pass rush of the Chiefs, Watson could very well finish as the highest-scoring fantasy QB for Week One. As for Johnson & Johnson, expect a split favored towards David, with Duke getting all of his run on passing downs. If Cooks gets the attention of the Chiefs secondary as the No. 1 target this could be a massive Will Fuller game, so keep that in mind.
Fantasy Player of the Game: Deshaun Watson
Watson is going to be picking up points with both his arm and his legs in this one, as it will be on him to keep up with the prolific Chiefs offense. I think Watson’s usage will be a bit higher than Mahomes here, as I expect the Chiefs to deploy a nice mixture of RPOs and power-run concepts in order to control the clock and exploit what should be some very light boxes.
Receiving yards on targets 20+ yards downfield since 2016:
💥 Tyreek Hill – 1,964
💥 Brandin Cooks – 1,652
Expect fireworks Thursday night 🎆 pic.twitter.com/jRScuRrnXi
— PFF (@PFF) September 10, 2020