The 2015 NFL season is finally here, and Sunday at 12:00 pm CST, the Kansas City Chiefs will kickoff the season against the Houston Texans.
During the preseason, Andy Reid’s team went 4-0, albeit mostly using second-unit players. Still, it’s something to build on for the regular season for a team which is becoming a sexy pick for potential AFC champions.
All-in-all, Kansas City avoided the injury bug during the regular season, and are expecting front-line players to be ready for the season opener.
Heading into Sunday’s matchup with Houston, the Chiefs will be facing a formidable defensive front of the Texans, including all-pro JJ Watt, as well as veteran lineman Vince Wolfork and the hopefully-healthy Jadeveon Clowney.
As a whole, the Texans have one of the top defenses in the league, but with those three in particular up front and in the box, Kansas City’s Alex Smith and his offensive line will have their work cut out for them.
Throughout the preseason, KC showed some of what they are hoping to accomplish in the passing game with the addition of Jeremy Maclin and rookie Chris Conley.
Tight end Travis Kelce is expected to give the Chiefs another dimension through the air, giving the team a more well-rounded offense this season compared to previously when it essentially became the Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith show.
Andy Reid would like his QB to do less running around and more throwing this year, now having additional weapons downfield. It’ll also give Charles a chance to not carry such a burden and risk further injury issues, something the Chiefs cannot afford if they hope to reach the playoffs.
How the offensive line reacts to the pass-rush of Houston will be the most important aspect of Sunday’s game. With Eric Fisher switching back to right tackle and Donald Stephenson moving to left tackle, Reid is hoping his O-line is secured and can finally give Smith the pass protection needed to get the passing game going.
Against the Texans, blocking in the back field by players such as Charles and Knile Davis will be of the utmost importance.
The Texans are a slight favorite, mainly because they are playing at home. Offensively, the Texans aren’t expected to be all that explosive, which gives the Chiefs the chance to gain an advantage in the take aways department.
Dontari Poe practices, could play week 1
Good news from Chiefs HQ is all-pro Dontari Poe practices with the team and could potentially play in week 1 against Houston.
Poe is a talented interior defensive lineman and gives the Chiefs yet another weapon beyond Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.
Reid plans to be cautious with Poe and will determine whether or not he plays Sunday based on how Poe feels after several days of practice.
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