The original Texans came to Houston on Sunday afternoon to face the Houston Texans. Three hours later the Kansas City Chiefs, formerly the Dallas Texans of the old Ameican Football League had snapped the now Houston Texans five game season opening winning streak. The 27-20 win The Houston Texans 2015 season could not have began any worse then it did on Sunday afternoon agaisnt the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brian Hoyer’s era began at the Huston seven yard line with 11:14 left in the opening quarter. The signal caller’s first play landed in the arms of Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Peters. Peterson his first snap and first pass defense in the NFL went low at the Houston 13 yard line and snatched the ball off the turf.
Two plays later, the Chiefs struck through the air for an opening score something they had difficulty with last season. Quarterback Alex Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce and Kansas City had turned their first takeaway in 2015 into points. Almost six minutes later, Smith and Kelce would hook up again from 42 yards out.
“That’s gameplan, that’s Coach Reid dialing up the right plays at the right time,” said Kelce about his big day in Houston. “Hats off to him. I’m going to have to look on film to see how I got so wide open on some of those plays. For the most part, it’s just execution and going out there and playing hard for each other.”
Kelce finished the day with six receptions for 106 yards and two scores.
Hoyer finally got things together late in the first quarter driving the Texans 80 yards in eight plays for the Texans’ first points of 2015. Wide receiver Deandre Hopkins leaped high to pick the four yard touchdown reception off the helmet of the Kansas City defender. But just when it looked like the Texans were getting it together kicker Randy Bullock missed the point after after Houston trailed 14-6.
Two Cairo Santos field goals (27,48) extended the lead to 20-6 before running back Jamaal Charles playing in frint of family and friends from Port Arthur, Texas took a seven yard pass in the flat to the endzone and a 19 point halftime lead for Kansas City. The tulane University graduate missed a 51 field goal midway through the fourth quarter.
“Fourteen points on turnovers is a big thing,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. “I thought our defense played really well particularly in the first half.”
With Alex Smith at the controls, the Chiefs managed the clock in the second leaving the Texans little time to do anuything on defense and forcing Houston into a quarterback change. Not until Ryan Mallett entered the game that the Houston offense got untracked. Mallett hit Hopkins for an eight yard score and then agan for the two point conversion to pull the Texans to within 10 with 4:07 left on the clock.
Mallett led one more scoring drive that ended with a 47 yard field goal from Bullock but the onside kick failed and the “old Texans” left Houston with a 27-20 win.
The Chiefs (1-0) on a short week will host the Denver Broncos in a nationally televised game on Tursday night. Kick-off is set for 7:25p.m. CDT.