Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs Picks & Betting Preview
Houston looked like world beaters for the first 20 minutes of the AFC Divisional contest. Then it all fell apart, as the Chiefs scored 51 points in 40 minutes.
Now, the best receiver in the game, DeAndre Hopkins, was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals, and the new receiving corps has trouble staying healthy. With Deshaun Watson under center, though, this team can score points. But will it be enough to keep up with the Chiefs?
Kansas City Outlook
I mean, how much brighter can an outlook get than the one the Chiefs currently have. Kansas City rallied late in Super Bowl LIV to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 behind MVP Mahomes. The Chiefs trailed 20-10 going into the fourth quarter, then scored three touchdowns to bring a first NFL title back to Kansas City in 50 years.
Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, just signed a 10-year, $500 extension that locks him up as the franchise QB for the next decade-plus. This team is talking dynasty, a la the New England Patriots.
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs Prediction
I have to believe that the playoff loss for the Texans still stings, but that win for the Chiefs was probably the impetus for them to go on and win the title. The over 54.5 (with bet365 bonus code for New Jersey) could fall in the first half, if these two offenses are clicking. Take the Chiefs -10, and when more options come out closer to the contest on the site, take the Chiefs team over total.
There could be some good Mahomes props as well to watch for closer to game night.
NFL Week 1:
What a difference a half, or even 10 minutes, can make.
In last season’s AFC Divisional Playoffs, the Houston Texans jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs after one quarter, and were up 24-0 after 20 minutes. But that defensive hold inside the five yard line by the Chiefs, holding Houston to a field goal, ended up changing the contest.
By the time the halftime whistle went, Kansas City had erased the lead, as it took a 28-24 lead into the intermission. The Chiefs outscored Houston 23-7 in the second half, to win 51-31.
Houston QB Deshaun Watson had 425 yards of offense (388 passing), but Patrick Mahomes had 374 (322 passing, 5 TDs) to lead the way.
Kansas City went on to win its first Super Bowl in 50 years.
NFL Opening Night, Week 1 Preview
- Matchup: Houston Texans (+350) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-450)
- Odds: Kansas City -10 (-110), over/under 54.5 points (Odds via bet365)
- Venue: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
- Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
- Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
- TV Channels: NBC and Fubo.tv
Bonus Prop Bet for 2020 & NFL Week 1
Patrick Mahomes over 4525.5 yards (-125 odds)
Bet Baltimore Ravens -8 over Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m. EDT