The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the football world by closing out their season with 10 consecutive wins, but they are now in the postseason, which is something that has historically been terrible for the team. The Chiefs have lost and failed to cover in each of their past eight playoff games with their last postseason victory coming in the 1993 against the Houston Oilers. Kansas City will look to win their first postseason game since Aladdin was in theatres when they visit the Houston Texans on Saturday.
After allowing an average of 26.5 points per game through their first six contests of the season, the Chiefs defense locked down opponents as they have allowed a mere 12.8 ppg during their 10-game winning streak. Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season as the Washington-alum tied for the league lead in interceptions while bolstering the ninth-best passing defense in the NFL.
The years of questionable receiver play in Kansas City may finally be over as Jeremy Maclin has been a revelation with the diminutive pass-catcher racking up 1,000 yards. Maclin is the first Chiefs wideout since Dwayne Bowe in 2011 to eclipse 1,000 yards. Alex Smith has been his usual dependable self as he completed 65.3 percent of his passes while throwing 20 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
The year started just as bad for the Texans as it did for the Chiefs, with Houston opening the year 2-5 through their first seven games and lost Arian Foster for the season. Brian Hoyer has stepped in and steadied the offense after the quarterback gong-show with Ryan Mallett at the start of the year, as the veteran has thrown for 19 touchdowns while only turning the ball over seven times this year.
Defensively, the Texans have been in the top tier of the NFL as they rank in the top 10 in points per game and yards per game. Houston finished the season fifth in sacks with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus combining for 29.5 quarterback takedowns this season.
The line opened with the Texans as a three-point home underdog and the total set at 40.5. These two teams met in Week 1 of the season in a game that saw the Chiefs win 27-20.