The Kansas City Chiefs dominate the Houston Texans in the NFL Season Opener
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The reigning Super Bowl Champions were back in action on Thursday night as they hosted the Houston Texans. Although the Texans got off to an early 7-0 lead, the Chiefs were able to put the pedal to the metal and win in fantastic fashion.
After both teams failed to produce points in their opening drives, the Texans got things going and found the end zone on their second drive. Their newly-acquired running back, David Johnson, was able to score the first touchdown of the NFL season with a solid 19-yard run down the sideline.
The Chiefs responded with a beautiful drive of their own down the field, which was capped off with a touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce.
After a solid defensive performance on the next drive, Mahomes and company quickly found themselves back on the field and ready for more. The Chiefs’ rookie running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, hit the ground running on the drive as he picked up two first downs in quick succession, showing that he was ready to live up to the high expectations that have been placed on him. The Chiefs were able to reward Edwards-Helaire’s great running with another touchdown. This time, Mahomes was able to find Sammy Watkins with a 2-yard touchdown pass to put Kansas City up 14-7.
With just over two minutes to go before the half, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson got the ball looking to tie things up. Although he wasn’t able to get his team into the end zone, his drive down the field put the Texans in field goal range with 30 seconds left. Unfortunately for Houston, they missed the 51-yard attempt and gave the Chiefs a chance to get a field goal of their own.
Mahomes took advantage of the opportunity with a drive down the field to put kicker Harrison Butker into a nice position for a field goal. Butker’s kick made it through the uprights to increase the Chiefs’ lead to 17-7 going into halftime.
Kansas City received the ball to start the second half with Edwards-Hellaire able to showcase his talent some more. His team fed him the football in the opening drive and he showed his gratitude by flying by defenders to score his first career touchdown. The running back’s 27-yard run put him over the hundred-yard mark early in the third quarter, and also put the defending champions up 24-7.
The Chiefs defense came to play on Thursday night as they finished their next defensive drive with a nice interception that put Mahomes in great field positioning. Once the quarterback got the football back in his hands, he threw his third touchdown of the game to the speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
After scoring 31 unanswered points, the game was all but over and the Kansas City Chiefs went on to win 34-20. The Chiefs Kingdom are looking to defend their title and win back-to-back Championships. Coach Andy Reid and company hope to become a dominant force in the NFL for years to come. Their next game will be in Los Angeles against the Chargers on Sunday, September 20th at 1:25 PST. The Houston Texans will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, September 20th at 1:25 PST as well, as they look to contain the reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson, and his elusive offense.