If there are two teams in the NFL that are on the cusp of breaking through, it is the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Both teams finished 9-7 last season but on the outside looking in as neither made the postseason. Both franchise’s worked very hard in the offseason to make sure that 2015 is different. So much so, that NFL predictions for the week 1 match-up favor Houston at home by just one point (-1) while Chiefs vs Texans odds on the over/under total have been set at 40½. The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the league’s most anemic pass offenses last season. In fact, Kansas City became the first team since the merger of the old AFL and NFL to not have a touchdown pass thrown to a wide receiver. Tight end Travis Kelce, the team’s leading receiver with 67 receptions for 862 yards, had five touchdown receptions. Running back Jamaal Charles, the team’s leading rusher (1,033 yards), also had five TD catches.
To pump some life into the receiving corps, Kansas City went out and acquired former Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin who had 85 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The former Missouri star gives the Chiefs a legitimate All-Pro caliber wide receiver to compliment both Kelce and Charles. If head coach Andy Reid's squad is to cover the point spread as road underdogs in Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans odds, the offense will need to be running on all cylinders. As NFL predictions for week 1 suggest, the Texans may have a tough time defending the Chiefs offense, but they will give it a shot with the league’s best defensive player, DE J.J. Watt and the return of former first round draft pick DE Jadeveon Clowney. Add in a healthy Brian Cushing at inside linebacker and Whitney Mercilus at outside linebacker and the Texans have the makings of a great defense.
The key for the Houston Texans to cover as favorites (-1) in NFL predictions for week 1 against Kansas City will be the play of quarterback Brian Hoyer, signed in the offseason from Cleveland. Hoyer led the Browns to six wins last year and can excel in head coach Bill O’Brien’s offense. Houston will be missing RB Arian Foster, who will most likely miss the season with a groin injury. The Texans will still have RB Alfred Blue and WR DeAndre Hopkins to work with against a Chiefs defense that was very good against the pass but terrible against the run. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans can be seen live on CBS at 1:00pm EST from NRG Stadium.