Are the Houston Texans for real? Deshaun Watson has people thinking that yes, they’re for real. Their record, though, would indicate that they are just another average football team. The Texans enter Sunday with a record of 2-2, wins over the Bengals and Titans. Conversely, their losses have come against the Patriots and Jaguars. What an effort it was against the Pats, though. Tom Brady and company needed a last ditch drive to save the day and earn a 36-33 win. The Texans battled hard, and while they didn’t come up successful, it’s one of those games that constitute a “good” loss. At the end of the day, all losses count the same, but that was one the Texans could build on.
And build on it they did, the following week the Texans dispatched the Titans by a score of 57-14. Some teams cower and can’t move on after a close loss like that, but the Texans used the Pats game as a learning tool. Watson had himself a day against the Titans. He threw for 283 yards with 4 touchdowns and an interception. Watson also used his elusive running abilities to rush for another touchdown on the ground. He is going to suffer bumps along the way as a rookie, but so far, he’s shown plenty of promise.
Watson luckily has a team around to assist him in his rookie campaign. DeShone Kizer, for instance, doesn’t have the luxury of a defense on his side. Watson most definitely does. With that said, Watson is a better quarterback than Kizer is, at this point in the game, anyway. Brock Osweiler didn’t exactly work out well in Houston, but it may have been a blessing in disguise if Watson pans out. Watson will have his brightest stage of his career tonight. The Texans welcome the Kansas City Chiefs for some fun on Sunday night. Get our free Chiefs vs. Texans pick below for SNF.
K.C. Chiefs vs. Houston Texans Betting Odds:
vs. Texans +1(-110)
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Chiefs vs. Texans Pick:
The Chiefs kept on winning in Week 4. This time at 29-20 win over the Washington Redskins on MNF. It was an unbelievable cover for us, as we were able to secure a win with the Chiefs. KC will get another primetime game, their third already. They opened the year against the Patriots on a Thursday night, last week on MNF, and now they’re back in the spotlight on SNF. They are perfect through the first 2-0, and now they’ll look to make it 3-0 tonight. The Chiefs didn’t play their best last week, it was an even matchup throughout, but the good teams win those kind of games.
Alex Smith continues to play at an elevated level. It’s almost like the Chiefs scraped everything and started anew. Smith has now passed for 8 touchdowns with no interceptions. He’s also connected on a whopping 76 percent of his passes. It does help that the Chiefs have found a runner in Kareem Hunt. They got super lucky in the draft to find him. He was the 6th running back taken in the draft, but he’s playing like a 1st rounder. Hunt has rushed for 502 yards and 4 touchdown. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, as he has 157 receiving yards and an additional 2 touchdowns.
The Chiefs are 2nd overall in offense. They are averaging 405.2 yards per game, mainly on the ground, as they are 1st in rushing yardage a game with 163.5. They’re coming into Houston to play a Texans team who can offer some resistance to that offense, though. The Texans are 5th in total defense, allowing 291.5 yards per game. Also, note that the Chiefs offensive line is going to be banged up in this one. Eric Fisher and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, both starters, are both questionable to play on Sunday night. This looks like the perfect opportunity for Deshaun Watson to introduce himself to the rest of the world. The Chiefs slip momentarily, and the Texans ride their defense to a victory.
PICK: TEXANS +1 (-110)