The Houston Texans fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-34 on Sunday night and unfortunately this is the least of the Texans worries. Two of the best defensive players on the Houston defense suffered season-ending injuries and the overall outlook for the season has taken a turn for the worst. Even with the grim outlook the Texans still put up a fight and only lost by a touchdown to the current best team in the league.
Kansas City was able take advantage of the lackluster Texans secondary as Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns while rushing five times for 19 yards. Tight end Travis Kelce hauled in eight passes for 98 yards and Tyreek Hill caught four passes for 68 yards to lead the Kansas City receivers. Running back Kareem Hunt rushed 29 times for 107 yards and led the Chiefs rushing attack.
Houston’s defense appeared incapable of getting a stop or making an impactful play. Alex Smith was only sacked once and hit three times and only had one pass that was successfully defended by a Texans defensive back. Another area of concern was the inability to force a turnover when it was truly needed. Houston’s defense is still lacking in this area and it showed on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Texans two of their best defensive players suffered season-ending injuries. J.J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture and Whitney Mericlus suffered a torn pectoral muscle. These injuries are catastrophic to the Texans defense who were dependent on production from Watt and Mercilus to lead their defense.
#Texans Whitney Mercilus has a torn pectoral and will be out for the year. Huge blow to maybe the most underrated pass rushers in the NFL.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 9, 2017
#Texans DL JJ Watt is having his surgery to repair his tibial plateau fracture and it’s expected to be today. Long recovery ahead.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2017
Offensively the Texans put up points, but the yards gained by the offensive are not as impressive. A total of 392 yards is not exactly a prolific offense. Quarterback Deshaun Watson was 16-31 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns while rushing three times for 31 yards. Running back Lamar Miller rushed 15 times for 74 yards and D’Onta Foreman rushed four times for 34 yards and lost one fumble.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had an excellent game, catching four passes for 52 yards and three touchdowns. The chemistry developing between Watson and Hopkins is the beginning of something special. Will Fuller is also having an excellent season after he returned from injury catching two passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns. The Houston offense is becoming prolific while passing the ball however efficiency is an issue.
The final score is not an accurate depiction of the how the game actually went since the final touchdown scored by Houston was with no time left in the game. Houston put up the best fight the could but it was not enough to give the Kansas City their first defeat of the season. The good news is that Deshaun Watson appears to be the franchise quarterback in Houston for years to come.