NFL Week 2 Predictions: Chiefs vs. Texans

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:09 PM GMT

Our NFL handicapping professional provides a betting preview for Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Texans. Join us in reading this enlightening article culminated with an NFL pick.

Kansas City will take the road for the first time this season on Sunday. The opening kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston is slated for 1:00 PM ET. Houston will be out to atone for last season’s embarrassing 30-0 home playoff defeat at the hands Kansas City.

Current (9/13) NFL betting odds at Bovada show Houston as a 2.0-point favorite, and there a total of 43.5. Be sure to visit Bovada and check out their generous cash onuses.

 

Week 1 Performance Reviews
Kansas City mounted a furious second half rally that saw them overcome a 24-3 deficit, eventually tied the game up at 27-27, and then proceeded to come away with a 33-27 overtime win. Nevertheless, they did fail to cover as a 6.5-point home favorite.

Quarterback Alex Smith was brilliant, and he was an integral part of the Chiefs rally. Smith finished the day 34-48 for 363 yards and tossed 2 touchdown passes. Running back Spencer Ware had a monster game, rushing for 70 yards on just 11 carries, hauling in 7 receptions for 129 yards, and also added a touchdown.

Kansas City’s defense didn’t have one of their better games, evidenced by 380 yards being surrendered to San Diego. They were particularly susceptible against the run and allowed San Diego to rush for sizable 155 yards. Kansas City was only able to sack Chargers veteran quarterback Philip Rivers a mere one time.

Houston opened the season at home with a workmanlike 23-14 win over Chicago. They overcame early deficits of 7-0 and 14-10 in order to do so. The Texans were also able to cover as a 5.5-point home favorite.

Offseason free agent quarterback acquisition Brock Osweiller went 22-35 for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns in his Texans debut. His top target was rookie wide receiver Will Fuller. The former Notre Dame star and Houston’s first draft pick in the 2016 draft, collected 5 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. Furthermore, former Miami Dolphins running back also had a successful Texans introduction and rushed for 106 yards on 28 carries. Miller was instrumental to Houston’s dominating time of possession advantage of 12:38.

The Texans defense lived up to its preseason hype in their season opener. Granted it’s only one game, nonetheless, they held a potentially explosive Bears offense to paltry 258 yards. Additionally, they sacked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler 5 times and intercepted him once.

 

Final Take and Analysis
Houston’s offense certainly made some notable upgrades this past offseason, and its already paid dividends. Houston is much better than last season’s 9-7 AFC South winning team. Conversely, and in my professional opinion, Kansas City is nowhere near as good as its 11-5 team was a season ago. I like the home team playing with big time revenge, and they’ll be one of my Sunday NFL week 2 predictions.

 

Free MLB Pick: Houston Texans -2.0
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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