The National Football League (NFL) isn’t going anywhere with the regular season back on September 10, 2020. The NFL will run a 17-week playing schedule with the Super Bowl happening at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida.
The opening day of the 2020 NFL is going to be full of intensity and thrill. The Houston Texans will grapple against the defending champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a crucial game for the Texans as this will be a strong statement game as they begin their journey to a potential Super Bowl appearance.
With limited spectators to grace Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs’ home-field advantage is minimized, but the Texans still have a lot of things to do to win. So as you update yourself with these two teams’ betting odds to win, let’s know what you should expect during their matchup.
Can Texans Repeat Last Season’s Opener?
Last year, Houston’s first game was also with the Chiefs, where they outlasted them, 31-24.
The Chiefs Are Undeniably Good
You can never go wrong if you lay all your bets to the Kansas City Chiefs. With Patrick Mahomes, the current Super Bowl MVP playing again as a starting quarterback. Kansas City also used their season to give Mahomes more weapons and improve an already-above average defense. The Texans will have their work cut out for them.
Chiefs Are Big Favorites
Looking into the majority of the sportsbook’s odds, the Chiefs are around -9.5 in the Points Spread. The Texans are only 6-6 against the Spread, while Kansas City Chiefs are at 7-5. Remember that these lines might still change as the game day comes closer, so make sure to be guided to pick the right team to bet.
Watt’s Big Comeback
The Texans are more hyped this season as J.J. Watt will play after missing the season last year. He suffered from a pectoral injury the last time he played against the Oakland Raiders. Today, he looks healthier and will serve as the starting defensive end for the Texans, giving Houston a huge piece in forming their pass rush to get to Mahomes.
Texans’ Offensive Main Man
Will Fuller to play against the Chiefs. In the 11 games that Fuller has played, he’s accumulated three touchdowns and 49 catches in 670 yards. His improvement is paramount to the Texans, who need to make up for the loss of DeAndre Hopkins, a top wide receiver in the NFL who Houston traded to Arizona over the offseason.
Texans Had To Work Double Time
Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs starting quarterback, ranked fifth in the passing yards last season, averaging 281.1. This year, Kansas City’s offense has been upgraded. With the teams’ boosted offense and defense skills, the Texans are in danger.
Can O’Brien Recover?
Houston head coach Bill O’Brien has been under scrutiny in the past for, in the eyes of many, underachieving with a very talented roster. Despite consistently making the postseason, the Texans seemed to have plateaued a little bit. Trading Hopkins will prove to be a huge loss for this team. Once rumors of a firing start making their way into the public, there isn’t a great track record of head coaches recovering and going on to big-time success with that team.
A Youth Movement
The Texans quarterback, Deshaun Watson, and Chiefs’ main man, Patrick Mahomes, are both below the age of 25. This was just the third time in NFL history that quarterbacks that young jousted in the divisional playoffs.
The NFL opening game is going to be cold, with the weather forecast being at 35-22 degrees. If you are one of the lucky fans who got a ticket to watch the live show, make sure to bundle up to keep yourself warm. But, as the Texans and Chiefs contend, the game’s heat and excitement might make you take your jackets off.
Whether you’re on your couch or securing a game pass to watch the 2020 NFL season’s opening game, you might still feel the same level of intensity. Last year’s Super Bowl champion will hold a home-court advantage as they compete against a more aggressive Houston Texans. Make sure to tune in on September 10 at 2:05 PM, Houston time, to witness how the Chiefs will dispatch the Texans or the other way around.