The Houston Texans wanted to surprise the Kansas City Chiefs with their defensive strategy but it didn't result in a victory as 2020 Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes adjusted and then sent the Texans home with a loss. In the opening game of the new season, quarterback Mahomes delivered for the Chiefs as they saw off the Texans 34-20 to start their title defense on a perfect way.
The Texans, who played mostly man-to-man coverage in two games against Mahomes last season, this time played a lot of zone coverage as they wanted to prevent Mahomes from making big plays. The Texans led 7-0 after the opening quarter but then the Chiefs went on a 24-0 run to take a 24-7 lead and there was no coming back for the Texans.
Mahomes threw for 211 yards as he completed 24 of his 32 passes, including three touchdown passes. "They changed it up a lot," Mahomes said of the Texans' defensive strategy," per ESPN. "They did a lot of stuff at the line of scrimmage, they kept safeties back and they put a guy over [Tyreek Hill] pretty much the entire game."
Mahomes praised Chiefs offense and defense
"That's what makes this offense so good is we can change within games. We can go throughout our game plan and find ways to score and find ways to move the ball down the field, and tonight it was taking the short passes.
And I think whenever we get to the Chargers next week, we'll be playing another great defense and we'll have to find a way to move the ball and score that week as well." Meanwhile, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce praised rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who rushed for 138 yards in his NFL debut and scored a touchdown.
"The biggest thing in training camp is you don't always get to see the hitting aspect, whether a guy is easy to tackle or whether he's brought down easy," Kelce said of Edwards-Helaire. "That was shown today.
He's a tough son-of-a-buck. For how tall he is, man, he's got the strength of somebody my size. He runs the ball like no one I've ever seen at that size, and it's fun to play with. It's infectious when you see him playing his tail off and running his tail off, you want to go out there and block for him and make plays as well."