Houston Texans: Know the Kansas City Chiefs from KC Kingdom
1. What opinions do you have on the Texans so far this season? What do you feel they do well and not so well as they are set to play the Chiefs in Week 6?
CJ: The Houston Texans are kind of a roller coaster, it seems, going from a 16-10 home defeat against the Carolina Panthers with a backup quarterback to dismantling the Atlanta Falcons at home while putting up nearly 600 yards of total offense.
With Bill O’Brien‘s personnel moves before the season started, it’s clear that he sees the window of competition being open right now, and he’s willing to bet the future on winning now while Deshaun Watson is cheaper than he’s ever going to be.
Overall, though, the Texans are a stout, dangerous team with legitimate weapons on both side of the ball. On offense, they’re capable of putting up five touchdowns any given Sunday, and the defense, led by J.J. Watt, can shut down just about any opponent.
I’ve always been a big fan of linebacker Benardrick McKinney. Dude just makes tackles and gives the Texans a solid presence among the linebackers.
As far as what the team doesn’t do well: consistency. I talked about rebounding from the loss to the Panthers, and in one your answers to my questions, you pointed out a huge key. The Panthers collected six sacks in their win while the Falcons didn’t get any the following week. If Houston’s line can get a more consistent level, the AFC South is Houston’s for the taking.
2. Which player on the Chiefs has surprised you the most this season and why?
CJ: Linebacker Damien Wilson. The Chiefs really overturned their defense in the offseason, jettisoning the likes of Dee Ford, Justin Houston, and Eric Berry while bringing in big names like Tryann Mathieu and Frank Clark.
One of the earlier signings was Wilson, who previously played for the Dallas Cowboys. Through five games, Wilson has been the team’s best linebacker, leading the team in tackles with 35 to go with 0.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, one pass defended and one quarterback hit.