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Why the Chiefs might be in trouble against the Texans

Could Chiefs QB Matt Cassel be in for a tantalizing treat complimentary of “Super Mario” Sunday in Houston?

Do the Chiefs have enough pass catching weapons to unseat the Texans on the road?

Is Cassel capable of a high-caliber performance against a shaky Houston secondary?

  • Mario Williams is due for a “Julius Peppers” like performance.  He’s a difference maker, a rare talent, blessed with unique God-given gifts; and the Chiefs may not have an answer for what he’s capable of doing with those gifts on Sunday.  “Super Mario” has five sacks, is capable of altering momentum with his relentless penetration.  If he’s disruptive, that can ruin the Chiefs plans to open up the play-action, a key to beating the Texans on the road.  This game “screams” for Mario to stretch out his limbs, extend his dominance, and impose his will on the Kansas City offensive line.  Being given the opportunity to face the Chiefs tackles; Mario has to be licking chops.  His play at times elicits exclamations of approval; and on Sunday, it could be ”his time” once again to elicit those exclamations of approval to Texans fans.
  • In the two losses for Houston, they have given up the big pass play.  They have the potential to give up the deep bomb from time to time; however, the Chiefs have yet to tap into their big-play pass potential.  The Texans are vulnerable to strong, physical playmakers who have the gifts to break a game wide open, (ie: Roy Williams, Hakeem Nicks).  The Chiefs do not possess that type of game-changing wide receiver.  Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers just aren’t cutting it.  Dexter McCluster, is only good for a few big plays, if that.  The Houston defense does not allow as big of plays in the run department as they do in the pass department.  To beat them you have to do it via the air, not the ground, and I don’t know if the Chiefs are able to do that.
  • If I’m the Texans I would make Matt Cassel beat me, if they execute this, I like their chances immensely.  Can Cassel beat you?  It’s highly unlikely, however, if he’s able to; then its not your day, plain and simple.  I rather have him beat me than Charles, McCluster, or Jones.  That’s going to be the game plan for Gary Kubiak’s troops.  Not only has Cassel struggled this season overall, but on the road, he has been less than stellar, throwing for zero touchdowns and two interceptions.  The Chiefs offense is clearly predicated and centered around the run game with Jamaal and Thomas, and Cassel doesn’t take enough chances down the field to expose the Texans biggest weakness on defense -their secondary.  With that said, big plays usually win big games, and this is a big game, away from Arrowhead, and I just can’t see the Chiefs producing more big plays on offense than the host team Texans -unless, the marvellous Dexter marvels in the return department like he did Week 1 at home against San Diego on MNF.

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One Response to “Why the Chiefs might be in trouble against the Texans”

  1. Russ,

    Nice post… I love that this type of post is starting to catch on… Even though the Chiefs lead the AFC West, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, no matter how much die-hard homers want to tell us it is!

    Thanks again for your input and collaboration on the Chiefs Command post “5 Reason the Chiefs could lose to the Houston Texans”

    Keep up the good work!


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