The Kansas City Chiefs (5-0), a.k.a. The Best Team In Football, stayed undefeated opposite a Houston Texans (2-3), violence a bum home team, 42-34, on Sunday night in Week 5. Here’s what we learned:
1. If we don’t cruise Alex Smith to be in, and even a front-runner in, a MVP competition this season, you’re in low rejection and/or vital in a past. The commander of a game’s many fit offense, Smith’s mobility and decision-making were on full arrangement on Sunday evening. The Chiefs quarterback finished 78 percent of his passes and finished during slightest dual passes to 8 opposite receivers opposite one of a league’s improved secondaries. Smith (324 yards) looked as in control rolling out of a slot and holding a round on run-pass options as he did station in and rising lasers adult a join to Travis Kelce or down a sideline to Tyreek Hill. Through 5 games, Smith has as many interceptions as he does losses: zero. Give him a honour he deserves.
2. The tinge of this one was set from a really initial drive, Yes, a Chiefs mounted a evil 15-play, eight-minute scoring expostulate out of a gate, though it was a span of harmful injuries on Houston’s side of a round that altered a arena of this tilt. First, Whitney Mercilus was ruled out with a chest injury. NFL Network’s James Palmer reported that he suffered a ripped pectoral and will be out for a year. Then, a captain went down, for good.
J.J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture on a 14th play of a diversion and limped off a margin with a assistance of trainers to a station acclaim from an romantic Houston crowd. Watt is finished for a year before a Texans’ bye for a second uninterrupted season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. After a depart of dual of their best pass rushers, a atmosphere went out of a stadium, Houston’s vaunted pass rush mislaid a mojo and a diversion was shortly lost.
Watt’s detriment will be a vital romantic blow, to a football group and a city, though as a Texans did final deteriorate and as Houston did final month, there’s small doubt they’ll recover, generally in a rival AFC South.
3. After a sluggish, messy initial half, Deshaun Watson bounced behind in a large approach in a second half. The Texans rookie came into a diversion as a heading rushing quarterback, though his best moments came when he changed in and out of a slot escaped Kansas City’s brisk second-half pass rush. Watson threw 5 touchdowns, 4 of them in a second half during Houston’s unsuccessful quip attempt, apropos a initial rookie with four-plus touchdown passes in back-to-back games given Robert Griffin III. Watson’s best passes were low scoring dimes to Will Fuller (48 yards) and DeAndre Hopkins (34). Expectations should be kept during brook in Houston — a Texans won’t, and can’t, measure 57 points each week and Watson’s rapport with Hopkins (four catches on 12 targets) needs work. But Watson, with 14 touchdowns in 5 games, is a genuine deal.
4. A comparatively still night for a dermatitis rookie Kareem Hunt. As he had in his 4 prior starts, Hunt got going as a diversion went on, finishing with 107 yards on 29 carries after a delayed start, his fourth 100-yard diversion in as many career games. (Funny that a rookie violation a century symbol is an afterthought in a prime-time game.) But when a outcome was adult in a air, it was his backfield mate, Charcandrick West, who shined. West scored dual first-half touchdowns and also valid a able blocker. Passed over for Hunt when starting behind Spencer Ware went down for a season, West is creation himself useful in as many ways as possible, a ideal illustration of Kansas City’s modus operandi.
5. Fuller has been behind on a margin for usually dual games given returning from a collarbone injury, and he’s already done a large difference. The rapid second-year receiver scored dual touchdowns on dual catches opposite a unbending Chiefs secondary, including one fourth-quarter home-run ball. Fuller’s 49-yard punt lapse in a fourth entertain was blazing. Once characterized as a dump artist, Fuller has reclaimed his standing as a arguable field-stretching deep-ball hazard and a force on special teams.
6. The Chiefs mislaid 3 poignant players to damage as a diversion wore on. Travis Kelce left in a second half to be evaluated for a concussion after holding a strike to a helmet in a initial half; on gait for a career night, he never returned and manager Andy Reid pronounced after a diversion Kelce is in a concussion protcol. Wide receiver Chris Conley suffered a nasty-looking Achilles damage and was fast ruled out. After tallying 1.5 sacks, Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston left late in a fourth entertain with a calf injury. The usually things that can derail K.C.’s fairy-tale deteriorate are trips to a training room.
7. Not to be overshadowed by Hunt, final year’s dermatitis game-changer Tyreek Hill stole a uncover late. His 82-yard punt lapse put a win on ice and wasn’t even his best play of a night. Hill’s toe-tapping 38-yard squeeze along a sideline was his many considerable squeeze as a loyal far-reaching receiver.
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