The Houston Texans have won three in a row against the Kansas City Chiefs dating back to 2007. They’ll be hard-pressed to repeat that performance today at 4:25 EST / 1:25 PST, as the Chiefs are one of only two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL this season. Yet that isn’t stopping the Texans from trying, as they’ve named a new starting quarterback for this anticipated game. Whether you watch Texans vs Chiefs online free streaming to see the Texans’ new QB or the Chiefs’ undefeated show, this game preview will give you more information about the game so you can sound informed while watching it.
The 2-4 Texans started out strong, but they’ve lost four in a row and have been left scrambling as they go into today’s game. Looking for a spark, the Houston Texans this week turned to a hometown hero, Case Keenum, who has been tapped to start at quarterback today against the Chiefs. Technically the Texans’ original starter, Matt Schaub, is recovering from an ankle and foot injury, but the Texans were already in a bind and likely going to make a change anyway. The quarterback position may not have been the change they were looking to make, but it presented itself due to injury and will likely give Houston a bit of a rallying cry as they travel to Arrowhead Stadium trying to pull off a miracle win.
At least one ESPN analyst thinks that miracle may happen, but he’s definitely alone. The Texans vs Chiefs betting line is distinctly in KC’s favor: a few shops originally hung Kansas City -5, but most books opened -6.5, and that’s where the number sat on Friday morning. UNDER players can find totals of 40.5, although 40 is by far the more popular number. The Chiefs are currently three-point favorites. In the Texans’ favor: they are 8-3 ATS lifetime before a bye week.
But new head coach Andy Reid has the Chiefs in an incredible gear, marking one of the best season-over-season turnaround stories in NFL history and giving you plenty of reasons to watch Texans vs Chiefs online free streaming. After a miserable 2012 outing, the Chiefs now are not only undefeated at 6-0 but have the NFL’s fifth-rated defense and 12th-ranked rushing game. Passing (26th) and overall offense (25th) are a bit less impressive, but taken in the context of how far they’ve come, the turnaround is remarkable. Considering the Texans offense is turnover prone, the Chiefs defense will be waiting with open arms.
But the Texans’ defense is the tops in the NFL, and statistically speaking they rank higher than the Chiefs every major category. Houston has the top-rated Defense vs. the Chiefs’ at five, the 14th-ranked passing game vs. the Chiefs’ 26th, the sixth-ranked rushing attack vs. the Chiefs 12th and the seventh-ranked offense vs. the Chiefs’ 25th. Looking at those figures, it’s hard to imagine why these teams’ records aren’t flipped. Last year they certainly were at this point. ESPN pins it on one thing: turnovers. The Texans have committed 12 turnovers during their four-game slide, with Schaub setting an NFL record for pick-six interceptions by throwing one four games in a row.
Which leads this preview full circle. The Texans have a new starting quarterback against the Chiefs, and it’s not the man who replaced Schaub immediately after his injury. That storyline alone is reason to watch Texans vs Chiefs online free streaming on DirecTV’s website. Doing so requires that you have the NFL Sunday Ticket Package, which requires a subscription, but if you have one then the live streaming version is free of charge. The Chiefs’ incredible 6-0 run to start the season is yet another compelling reason, as Andy Reid could solidify his front-runner contention as coach of the year if he keeps this streak alive.