Houston Texans: Staff predictions vs. Kansas City

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Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (7) makes a throw during the first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Randy Gurzi, Editor

Game: Kansas City @ Houston

Prediction: The Texans open their season at home against another team that finished 9-7 in 2014 and just missed the postseason. It is always nice to open at home, but not always nice to face a team as well rounded as the Kansas City Chiefs. On offense running back Jamaal Charles is still incredibly explosive and newly signed receiver Jeremy Maclin will open up the offense even more (this may have been the most underrated offseason signing).

The team will need a huge game from J.J. Watt to force mistakes from quarterback Alex Smith to slow the offense down, but sadly Watt will have no help as the team brought in no one to improve their bad pass rush around J.J. Overall, they will have trouble bottling up Charles, and Maclin both despite their solid cornerback unit.

Defensively, Justin Houston will wreak havoc on the average offensive line of the Texans and the lack of running game, sorry but Alfred Blue scares no defense, will allow the Chiefs to focus in on Brian Hoyer in his first start as a Texan. This will be a game the team needs to learn from and they fall to 0-1 in a dog fight.

Final Score: Kansas City 24, Houston 13

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