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Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans Prediction & Preview

Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans 2018-08-09 NFL,

#269 Houston
#270 Kansas City
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:30pm
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Houston Texans (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)
NFL: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. EST
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -2.5. Total: 34.5.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans will be back on the field for preseason action when they square off at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Thursday night. Houston endured a rough 2017 campaign that went south in a hurry once Deshaun Watson went down with an ACL injury. The Chiefs probably can’t wait to get things started following a disastrous end to last season in the form of a playoff loss to Tennessee.

Watt won’t play

It was against the Chiefs when Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt suffered a broken leg that ended his 2017 campaign on Oct. 8. Unsurprisingly, Watt won’t be on the field when Houston faces Kansas City in Thursday’s preseason opener for each team. He does, however, hope to see at least some action prior to the real thing.
“At least in one (preseason game) I want to get at least a couple live reps,” Watt said. “It doesn’t need to be a lot. I think that it’s important to at least see some live bullets before you go out there and have some guys flying at you for real.”
Fellow pass-rusher Whitney Mercilus also went down against the Chiefs last season. Recovered from a torn pec, Mercilus is unlikely to see much time in the preseason as a precautionary measure. As for Watson, he is expected to play at least some in each of his team’s four preseason contests.

Mahomes Era

Alex Smith is out. Patrick Mahomes is in. Chiefs’ fans should get a look at their QB of the present and the future in some brief game action on Thursday. Mahomes went 22-of-35 for 284 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in his only appearance during the 2017 regular season.
“It’s very exciting for the franchise from a long-term perspective,” chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “If you can develop your own quarterback who can play at the top of the league and create an opportunity over the course of a decade to win a championship, that’s what we’re hoping Patrick Mahomes does for us.”
Of course, Mahomes won’t have to be the focal point of the offense. That distinction belongs to Kareem Hunt, who racked up 1,327 rushing yards in 2017 and found the endzone 15 times (12 rushing, three receiving). Kansas City is also well-equipped at receiver and tight end, and kicker Harrison Butker has emerged of one of the best youngsters in the game at his position.

The Bottom LineWhat to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
The Chiefs are also looking decent on the defensive side of the ball. Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland returned to practice for the first time on Sunday, though he participated in only some of the drills. Ragland missed the first several days of camp because of swelling in his knee. Starting cornerback Steven Nelson is having a strong camp. “He’s playing very confident football– challenging everything,” head coach Andy Reid noted. “But at the same time when we’re trying to double-move him, he’s playing it smart. He’s got a good feel for things. Right now he’s comfortable with his game.” Kansas City is 2-1 in its last three home preseason games.
Prediction: Pick: Kansas City Chiefs
Full-Game Total Pick
Houston’s offense was a disaster without Watson in 2017 and he won’t be on the field for too long–if at all-on Thursday. The under is 5-1 in the Texans’ last six overall, 5-1 in their last six against the AFC, and 4-1 in their last five on the road. It is also 4-1 in the Chiefs’ last five overall, 4-1 in their last five against the AFC, 45-19 in their last 64 at home, and 5-1 in their last six on grass. Look for this one to stay under the total

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