Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 5 players to watch

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images /

This week’s Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs game features many game-changing players.

Just two weeks ago the Houston Texans almost knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Now the Texans will be going up against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

Here are five players to watch during this week’s game:

Kareem Hunt

Chief’s running back Hunt has been a monster this season. He’s averaging 7.4 yards per carry and has racked up 502 yards within the first four weeks.

The Texans’ 14th ranked run defense will have their work cut out for them. They did a nice job of shutting down DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans last week. But Hunt is an entirely different monster.

Alex Smith

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is a huge reason the Chiefs’ offense has been running on all cylinders. The Texans will need to get after him early and often.

Texans’ defensive ends must contain smith and keep him within the pocket in order to not allow him to escape down the field.

Deshaun Watson

Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson has done a nice job of beating up on some bad defenses this season.

The Chiefs aren’t bad at defending the pass, but they also aren’t great.

If Houston is going to have any success against the Chiefs’ defense, Watson will have to stay upright and avoid linebacker Justin Houston and the Kansas City’s pass rush that’s already recorded 11 sacks this season.

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Tyreek Hill

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is an explosive wide receiver that can take advantage of a Texans’ secondary that’s looked very vulnerable this season.

The New England Patriots’ offense just tore up the Texans for 378 yards and five touchdowns through the air in week three.

Hill could be in for a big game on Sunday night.

DeAndre Hopkins

As good as Watson has been, Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is a big reason for his early success. There’s nothing like having a reliable No. 1 wide receiver to bail you out.

Hopkins is someone who Watson knows he can trust in critical situations.

Look for Hopkins to get over 12 targets and to have yet another great game. He’s been on a tear this season.