The Kansas City Chiefs have had a roller coaster ride of a season with their ups and downs. A couple weeks ago they were not even looking to have a first round-bye in the playoffs, but a lot of what I would say luck came into play. Now the Chiefs are granted an extra week off to prepare for Houston. In the regular season the Chiefs and Texans faced off at Arrowhead and the end result was not what the Chiefs wanted. They are not only looking for revenge from earlier in the year, but revenge from last year playoffs result as well.
Keep the pressure:
The Chiefs the last couple years have been known to have an explosive offense. This year has been a little different since they don’t have to put all the pressure on the offense. The defense has shown up for the second half of the season and has shown that the team is more complete compared to last. I really think that if they can keep the pressure on both sides of the ball they are going to be tough to beat, even at Arrowhead. You can already bet that Andy Reid is going keep his foot on the gas and let Mahomes go out in front of the home crowd and do his thing.
Contain Carlos Hyde:
In their Week 6 match up the Chiefs could not stop the run. They can not afford for Carlos Hyde to run 26 times for 116 yards again. In the playoffs teams change their game plans a lot so I expect for the Chiefs to have a good plan to stop the run. Plus earlier in the year the Chiefs were still working out the kinks on the defense and not to mention had a new defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo. He has done an excellent job on getting the team on the right track. If you want to win in the NFL you have to contain the run and do a good job of limiting turnovers. The Chiefs have done a great job of that of late. Look for Chris Jones and Frank Clark to have a big game come Sunday.
Protect Patrick Mahomes:
The Chiefs went through a tough time this season with an injury to Mahomes and the whole league knows they have a hard time winning without Mahomes. The offensive line has done a great job this year protecting Mahomes with only a few hiccups due to injuries. Houston has a lot of play makers on defense and even forced a interception the last time they played Kansas City. Not to mention they held Kansas City to only seven points after the first quarter. The offensive line has to hold the protections so Mahomes does not have to be a hero every play and make something happen out of the pocket. We all know the crazy plays he has made running out of the pocket but his true talent can come when he is given time in the pocket. Expect Mahomes to have a stellar performance on Sunday if the offensive line can hold their own.