Houston Texans Grades following Week 1 loss to Chiefs

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans showed improvement is needed following Week 1.

It wasn’t the best of times for the Houston Texans in the opening game of the 2020 NFL season, losing by a 34-20 score this past Thursday night in the NFL season opener to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

At times, the Texans looked like a team that was ready to take on the reigning Super Bowl champions, and there were times where the Chiefs showed they were on a higher level than the Houston Texans as Houston’s last two losses have come against Kansas City.

Some of the play-calling resembled last season, and it was evident the Houston Texans didn’t have DeAndre Hopkins on the field. It is going to take time to get used to his style of play not being on the field in Houston in 2020 and beyond, as he did his thing for the Arizona Cardinals this past weekend.

As for the Thursday night game, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Houston Texans, either. The Texans had some solid play from Will Fuller, David Johnson rushed well, and on defense Jacob Martin showed he needs more playing time, too.

Maybe it was the fact the Houston Texans had some new pieces to their offense and defense, but not having a preseason to work together was one of the reasons that things didn’t work out so well. One the other hand, Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire sure didn’t look like he missed not having a preseason game, as he rushed for 134 yards against the Houston defense.

All in all, it was easy to see there is work needed with the Texans, and next are some grades the team and players earned for the Week 1 loss against maybe the very best team in the entire NFL.