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The Houston Texans Leaning on The Week One Loss Against the Kansas Chiefs

The Houston Texans are using the week one loss to the Kansas City Chiefs for Wild Card Weekend.

It was a game the Houston Texans would like to soon forget. It started their 2015 season off on a sour note, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs kickoff weekend. The game was plagued with mistakes and the start of a quarterback controversy that would extend all the way to mid-season until Ryan Mallett was released for multiple infractions of team rules. 

Brian Hoyer’s first pass of the season was intercepted, a blown coverage left Travie Kelce open for the biggest play of the game, and Andy Reid’s play calling had Romeo Crennel’s defense on the ropes from the start. 

Down 27-9 at the end of the first half, the Texans were dead in the water and looking for answers in a hurry. As O’Brien mentioned in his press conference, playing like that will not win in the playoffs. 

Coach Bill O’Brien made sure that the team went back and looked at the film from week one to see what the film could tell them about their Wildcard opponent. 

“I think you have to study it,” said O’Brien of the week one game. “I think you have to look at it. I don't think you can just ignore it, but both teams are very different. That was a long time ago. But there are certain things that you have to look at, whether it's situationally or personnel-wise, whatever it may be, and you have to learn from the mistakes you made in that game.”

DeAndre Hopkins had a big opening week with 9 receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns, but majority of those numbers did not come until the second half of the game. Hopkins only had 1 reception for four yards, which was a touchdown, in the first half, but at that point the Texans were out of the game. 

Hopkins is making sure he is going back to the week one film to cross-check what the Chiefs did.

“They handed us a loss, so everybody's definitely watching that game film to see what we can correct and the mistakes we can get right going forward,” explained Hopkins. 

Both teams are different from week one but there is some familiarity on what to expect from each other this weekend in their Wildcard matchup. 

Notes From the Week One Matchup

  • Texans rushed for 4.7 yards a carry. 

  • Texans out gained the Chiefs 396 yards to 330 yards for the game. 

  • Chiefs out gained the Texans 221yards to 168 yards in the first half of week one. 

  • The Texans quarterbacks were sacked five times. Brian Hoyer was sacked three times in the first half. Alex Smith was sacked only twice. 

  • Justin Houston and Tamba Hali combined for 6 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 quarterback hit. 

  • Defensive tackle Allen Bailey was huge for the Chiefs defense versus Brandon Brooks, racking up 2 sacks (7.5 on the season) with four total tackles and a fumble recovery. 

  • Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had his best statistical game of the season with a 6 receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception went for 42 yards, resulting in a touchdown, and came on a blown coverage in the secondary. 

Chiefs Injury Report

Safety Husain Abdullah (Concussion), OLB Justin Houston (Thumb/Knee), OLB Dee Ford (Concussion/Wrist), Center Mitch Morse (Concussion) did not practice to start the week. Other notable players: WR Jeremy Maclin (Hip) Limited Practice, OLB Justin Houston (Knee) Full practice, TE Travis Kelce (Groin) Full Practice

Chiefs had four starters not practice on Wednesday. 

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