Texans vs Chiefs Point Spread: 2015/16 NFL Playoffs

Mike Schultz | Updated Jan 05, 2016


A record of 9-7 was enough for the Houston Texans to win the AFC South and host a Wild Card playoff game against the 11-5 Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday. The Texans may be the home team, but the point spread is currently listing them as +3.5 underdogs against a Chiefs team that has won 10 straight games to close out the regular season.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs aren’t built to be juggernauts on the offensive side of the ball, but to merely outscore opponents who are stifled by their stingy defense. This season, Kansas City has found success in the running game despite Jamaal Charles being lost for the season weeks ago. Charcandrick West has picked up the slack and is sure to see quite a few carries against the Texans. If West can be productive and Alex Smith plays within his capabilities, they just might score enough to outlast Houston.

For Kansas City, playing against Houston means one big problem: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins has amassed 1,521 receiving yards this season and has done so without stability at the quarterback position. The Chiefs will need a solid effort from Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and their other talented pass rushers if they hope to keep Hopkins from becoming a factor. Suffocating the passing game would go a long way to solidify a win for the -3.5 favorites, Kansas City.


Houston Texans

As long as J.J. Watt is on the Texans, opposing offenses will have reason to worry. Watt has 17.5 sacks on the season and is facing Chiefs offense that hasn’t proven to be prolific through the air. With Kansas City ranking near the bottom of the league in passing, Houston would be wise to focus their attention on stopping a running game that has average 127 yards per game.

If this season has taught the Texans anything, it’s to throw the ball to Hopkins. Mistake-free football is a must for Brian Hoyer, who has just 19 touchdown passes and seven interceptions on the season. The offensive line will need to play well to stave off the Chiefs’ hungry pass rush to give Hoyer enough time to find Hopkins downfield or they may not find the end zone too often.

Wild Card Playoff Prediction

Sure, the Texans have the higher seed, but the Chiefs are on a roll right now. With Kansas City playing better on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball heading into Wild Card weekend, it’s difficult to imagine Houston having enough fire power to come away with a win.

Chiefs, 23-17

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