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Tribal Warfare
10-17-2010, 02:02 AM
Chiefs-Texans scouting report
(http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/16/2320854/chiefs-texans-scouting-report.html)
When the Chiefs run

EDGE >> CHIEFS
Chiefs fans want to blame Dwayne Bowe and his dropped pass in the end zone for last week’s loss in Indianapolis. Fair enough, but a much more subtle villain was the running game. The Chiefs gained just 30 yards on 10 second-half carries. The Texans are a more formidable opponent in this regard than the Colts. Houston has an active group of linebackers led by DeMeco Ryans in the middle.

When the Chiefs pass

EDGE >> TEXANS
Houston plays a lot of young players in a secondary that includes strong safety Bernard Pollard (left), who had trouble defending the pass when he played for the Chiefs. The Texans have given up more passing yards than any team in the league. The Chiefs have enough problems passing that they may not be able to take advantage. Branden Albert had a nice game last week and now faces another premier rusher in Mario Williams.

When the Texans run

EDGE >> TEXANS
Arian Foster is the NFL’s leading rusher with 564 yards and a 5.8-yard per carry average. He had his worst game of the season last week against the Giants, rushing for just 25 yards in 10 carries. Pay little heed to that. The Texans got away from their running game because of a sizable early deficit. The Chiefs have done well against the run but haven’t faced a top 10 opponent until today.

When the Texans pass

EDGE >> CHIEFS
No telling what Romeo Crennel will cook up this week for the Texans, but it’s a good bet it will be far different from last week’s alignment for Peyton Manning and the Colts that featured two linemen and six defensive backs. This week’s scheme should feature more pressure. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has been sacked 14 times and committed six turnovers.

Special teams

EDGE >> CHIEFS
After a strong start, the Chiefs’ return game has ground to a halt. The other facets of their kicking game are still productive. They’ll need a good effort today to win this phase of the game against the Texans. Houston has good coverage units: solid returners, Jacoby Jones and Steve Slaton; a veteran punter, Matt Turk, and a strong-legged if erratic kicker, Neil Rackers.

Coaching

EDGE >> CHIEFS
From Charlie Weis designing trick plays to beat the 49ers to Romeo Crennel (left) drawing up a defense to confound Peyton Manning, the Chiefs find something each week to keep them in games. The Texans have been inconsistent. An opening day win over the Colts seemed to mark their arrival as a contender. But they’ve been blown out in their two home games.

X-factor

EDGE >> TEXANS
Those home losses to the Giants (34-10) last week and the Cowboys (27-13) two weeks earlier have to play to Houston’s advantage. Probably sooner rather than later, the Texans will get one at Reliant Stadium. The Chiefs won’t roll over, though. They put up a fight in each of their road games, winning one and losing a winnable game in Indianapolis last week.

Bottom line

Another game that’s difficult to call, mostly because of Houston’s up-and-down season. The Chiefs have held a couple of high-scoring opponents to fewer than 20 points, so there’s no reason that can’t happen again. The question is whether the Chiefs, who don’t have an offensive touchdown in two road games, can score enough to win. The guess here: They can’t. Prediction: Texans 20, Chiefs 17

SNR
10-17-2010, 02:11 AM
We don't have an offensive TD in two road games against not exactly stunning defenses.

It's definitely because we have bad receivers. Mmhm. Yep.