In another question and answers bit, I had the opportunity to chat with Travis Pflanz from ChiefsCommand.com. I asked him the same question that I asked Patrick Allen in this interview and got a different perspective from a different body on the Chiefs side.
Here are question I answered for him on Chiefs Command –Insight into the Houston Texans: Q&A with Toro Times
Q: After coming out on an explosive streak to start the season, the Chiefs were the last undefeated team at 3-0. But after losing to the Colts last week, they seem to have lost some of that momentum. What happened?
A: I’m not sure the Chiefs have lost momentum. In KC, team and fan spirits are still very high. The Chiefs probably fell off a little in the national media after the loss, but I am very happy with the way the Chiefs D played against the Colts.
Q: Jammal Charles at running back is no secret. Thomas Jones is another solid contributor. How will the Chiefs look to use them against the Texans?
A: The Chiefs have pretty much played RB v. defensive match-up in 2010. Charles got the bulk of the work in week 5 at Indy; I believe this was because the Chiefs wanted to try to utilize Charles’s speed on the turf. To be successful against the Texans the Chiefs will need to run the ball up the middle. The Texans are simply too fast and strong on the corners of the front 7. I expect Thomas Jones to receive a larger chunk of the work.
Q: The Texans have a terrible pass defense so far this season. Will the Chiefs look to exploit that or do you think they will try to remain more balanced on offense?
A: The Chiefs should attempt to stay balanced. I have no confidence in Matt Cassel or the Chiefs WR corp to drive the field or produce points.
Q: The last time the Texans faced the Chiefs was in the season opener of 2007 where the Texans won 20-3. Both teams are much changed now, but which is the biggest difference about the Chiefs now since then?
A: Right now, 1 win… That team only won 4 games all season! Seriously, I would say speed and defense. The overall offensive talent and ability isn’t much better than the 2007 team. The 2010 Chiefs are fast on both sides of the ball (except #1 and #2 WRs) and the 2010 Chiefs D is for real.
Q: What are you expectations and predictions for this game?
A: I expect the game to be close, with the Chiefs shutting down Arian Foster almost completely. I’m looking forward to watching Brandon Flowers matched up on Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing covering/eliminating Tony Moeaki. Matt Schaub will be required to pick apart the Chiefs secondary, and I think the Texans passing game is good enough to win the game.
That was a very honest opinion from the Chiefs side and these new look Chiefs have me concerned. I’m hoping to watch a good game on Sunday.
Pick: Houston 24 – Chiefs 17