The NFL is back, and the opening game is a good one as the Houston Texans visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Houston had a successful 2019-2020 season, but no team was better than Kansas City who lifted their second Lombardi trophy. This game will air live on NBC at 8:20 p.m. EST.
Houston had a successful 2019 season but will be disappointed with the way it ended. The Texans went 10-6 during the regular season and won the AFC South by one game over the Tennessee Titans. Houston then had a remarkable comeback win against the Buffalo Bills to win their Wild Card playoff game 22-19 in OT. That win set up a game at Arrowhead, against these Chiefs, and the Houston Texans jumped to an early 24-0 second quarter lead. Kansas City then went crazy and ended up leading 28-24 by the half. Houston’s season ended with a 51-31 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champs.
The Kansas City Chiefs had to overcome a Patrick Mahomes injury and an odd struggle to win at home, but ultimately conquered the NFL last season. It was an odd first half of the season, but Kansas City ended up finished the regular season with a 12-4 record and won the AFC West by five games. Kansas City then went to the playoffs where they overcame a 24-point deficit to the Houston Texans in the Divisional round and a 10-point deficit to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the Super Bowl it was more of the same story as the Chiefs overcame a 10-point deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. Patrick Mahomes was names Super Bowl MVP and Andy Reid finally lifted his first Lombardi trophy after 21 years in the NFL.
Below is my best bet for Week 1 actions between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. All lines are from PointsBet Sportsbook.
Houston Texans (+9.5) at Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5): O/U 53.5 (-110/-110)
The Texans had an interesting off season as they traded away star WR DeAndre Hopkins, to the Arizona Cardinals, for RB David Johnson. Houston also lost defensive lineman D.J. Reader, CB Johnathan Joseph, and safety Tashaun Gipson. The Texans also added WR Randall Cobb. Houston resigned C Bradley Roy, TE Darren Fells, and kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn. The success of Houston will rely on the health of QB DeShaun Watson, WR Will Fuller, and DE J.J. Watt.
Kansas City won the Super Bowl last year and only got stronger as the only losses this offseason were CB Kyle Fuller and edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah. The Chiefs resigned RB Damien Williams, but he opted out of the season due to COVID concerns. Kansas City signed TE Ricky Seals-Jones and offensive lineman Mike Remmers, while also resigning defensive lineman Chris Jones and CB Bashaud Breeland. Andy Reid and this high-powered offense also drafted R Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The biggest news came in the way of extension as Kansas City extended Patrick Mahomes for 10 years and TE Travis Kelce for four years.
Series History: Kansas City leads the all-time series 7-5 and these two teams have split each of the last five games.
NFL Picks: Give me Kansas City -9.5 in this one.
2019-2020 NFL Season: 80-59-3