The Houston Texans are 1-point favorites when they host the Kansas City Chiefs in NFL week 1 betting action. The Texans spent pre-season under the lights of HBO Hard Knocks and finished the preseason 2-2. Chiefs’ fans have cause to celebrate after their team went undefeated in the preseason.
Kansas City Chiefs Vs Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Line, My Final Score Prediction & TV Schedule
Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Date: Sep. 13 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Spread: Texans -1
Game Total: 41
Stream: CBS Sports
Radio: Kansas City Vs Houston
Why Bet On Kansas City To Beat Houston (-1.5)
Is Jeremy Maclin the final piece for the Chiefs?
When Alex Smith played for the San Francisco 49’ers, he completed close to 70% of his passes. That’s what happens when a guy like Anquan Boldin is your go to WR. At Kansas City for his first 2 seasons, Smith had to throw the football to unmotivated characters like Dwayne Bowe. Because of that, Smith rarely threw long passes. He had to settle on dink and dunks to excellent RB Jamal Charles and TE Travis Kelce.
But this season Smith gets to play with WR Jeremy Maclin. Maclin has already shown himself to be a beast. He caught 3 passes from 5 targets from Smith in a pre-season game versus Seattle. One of the catches was for a touchdown. Versus Tennessee during the pre-season, Maclin caught 7 of 8 targets for 65 yards and a TD.
“I think me and Alex are off to a great start,” Maclin told ESPN.com. “I think our comfort level with each other is pretty high. It kind of feels like this is not our first rodeo. I think we’ve hooked up a lot in practice on timing, on plays where he is just kind of throwing the ball and trusting me to make the play and stuff like that. I think we want to continue to get better, but I think we’re off to a great, great start.”
If Maclin becomes the threat that Coach Andy Reid and Smith envision him becoming, Smith’s numbers could rise substantially this season. A passing threat will only help open up the offense for awesome RB Jamal Charles, a man who is almost destined to get at least 10 to 14 touchdowns this season. Kelce might be even more effective if Maclin and Smith get it going. Kelce is already one of the best tight-ends in the business.
Out or Doubtful for the Chiefs: Sean Smith, Demetrius Harris, Dontari Poe, James-Michael Johnson, Ja`Gared Davis, Ramik Wilson
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-3 On Road since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 6-2 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Houston Texans 0-2 When Line was 39.5 to 42.5 since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-1 As Road Underdog since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 2-6 O-U On Road since last season
- Houston Texans 3-4-1 O-U At Home since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 3-7 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Houston Texans 5-6-1 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 3-4 O-U When Line was 39.5 to 42.5 since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 0-6 O-U vs Teams Averaging 21 to 25 PPG since last season
- Houston Texans 2-3 O-U vs Teams Averaging 21 to 25 PPG since last season
Why Bet On Houston (-1.5) To Beat Kansas City
Watt + Wilfork + Clowney + Cushing = ????
JJ Watt and the Houston Texans’ defense are absolutely awesome. Forget about it. There might not be a better defense in all of football during the regular season. Watt is regarded as the best defensive player in the league. He is a must double-team for almost every offensive line that he faces. He’s almost a must double-team and RB chip for almost every offensive line that he faces.
With Watt’s ability to take on double-teams, things open up for the other players along the defensive line. This includes guys like Christian Covington and Vince Wilfork. If NFL fans thought that Wilfork was effective at New England, wait until you see what he can do playing with JJ Watt. Oh, yes, last year’s number one draft pick, Jadaveon Clowney, expected to play.
”He wants to be in there more which is a great sign,” O’Brien said. ”That means he’s probably feeling pretty good. A lot of it has to do with how he’s feeling, how the knee’s feeling. I think he feels decent and he’s worked hard to get back to this point. And we’ll just keep inching him forward to be able to go on that first game.”
Out or Doubtful for the Texans: Arian Foster
Houston’s defense is awesome, but KC brings the much better offense to this Week 1 party. The Kansas City Chiefs should do just enough, with Maclin burning the D a couple of times for long gains, to win a low-scoring affair. I’m going with KC in the slight upset! That jives with the public opinion, 51% of which are betting on the Chiefs. My final score prediction is Kansas City 17, Houston 9.