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Chiefs vs Texans - Game 5

Posted Oct 12, 2010

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-1)
VS HOUSTON TEXANS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010 - 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
RELIANT STADIUM - HOUSTON, TEXAS

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CBS Regional Coverage
KCTV5 (CBS in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Gus Johnson - Color Commentator: Steve Tasker

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

THE MATCH-UP
The Chiefs will make their second consecutive road trip to face an AFC South opponent as Kansas City travels to Houston to face the Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday (10/17). KC leads the AFC West with a 3-1 record, while the Texans are in a four-way logjam at 3-2 in the AFC South standings. The Chiefs are one of eight NFL teams that have a single loss this season.

Kansas City has won four of its last five contests under Head Coach Todd Haley. The Chiefs suffered their first loss of the season last week with a 9-19 setback at Indianapolis (10/10), while the Texans are coming off a 34-10 loss vs. the N.Y. Giants (10/10).

Winning the ground game will likely be pivotal in Sunday’s contest. Kansas City is currently third in the NFL in rushing (148.8 ypg), while the Texans are fifth (142.4 ypg). RBs Jamaal Charles (325 yards) and Thomas Jones (236 yards) spearhead the Chiefs ground game, while Texans RB Arian Foster is currently the NFL’s leading rusher with 562 yards. The Chiefs are sixth in the league in rushing defense (80.5 ypg), the club’s best four-game mark since ’93 (48.3 ypg). The Texans rank fifth in rushing defense at (79.6 ypg). The Chiefs are third in the NFL in rushing differential, out gaining their foes by an average of 68.3 rushing ypg, while the Texans are fourth in that department (62.8 ypg).

Under Haley, the Chiefs are playing smarter football. Only Miami (17) and Tampa Bay (17) have been penalized fewer times than Kansas City (18). The Chiefs offensive line has permitted a league-low 3.0 sacks, the club’s lowest total after four games since allowing 3.0 sacks in ’94. The Chiefs have had 17 negative offensive plays, the lowest total in the league.

The Chiefs are third in the NFL in scoring defense, permitting 14.3 ppg. Kansas City, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are the only teams that have allowed fewer than 20 points in all of their contests in 2010. The Chiefs are seeking to extend that streak to five straight games to start the season, a feat the club hasn’t accomplished since doing it in the first eight games of ’91.

The Chiefs have been superb on special teams in 2010, ranking in the NFL’s top 10 in 10 different special teams categories. KC leads the NFL in kickoff coverage by allowing just 14.7 yards per return and is fi rst in the NFL with a 15.4-yard punt return average. The Chiefs will return to the New Arrowhead for a two-game home stand, hosting Jacksonville (10/24) and Buffalo (10/31). The Texans will enjoy a bye after facing the Chiefs.

THE SERIES
The brief Chiefs-Texans series is deadlocked at 2-2. Kansas City owns a 2-1 record at Reliant Stadium, but has lost its only contest against Houston at Arrowhead Stadium. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Houston claimed a 20-3 win at Reliant Stadium (9/9/07). In that contest, Houston took advantage of four Chiefs turnovers to pull out the victory. It marked the fi rst time the Chiefs lost at Reliant Stadium.

The Chiefs won their inaugural regular season meeting with the Texans by a 42-14 count at Reliant Stadium (9/21/03). In the game, a pair of Texas natives factored heavily into the outcome. WR Dante Hall had a 73-yard punt return TD while RB Priest Holmes had two rushing scores as Kansas City scored TDs on offense, defense and special teams for the second consecutive week. The Texans claimed a 24-21 victory in the lone meeting between the two clubs at Arrowhead (9/26/04). Texans CB Marcus Coleman registered a 101-yard INT return TD in the game’s most pivotal play.

The Chiefs and Texans have met three times in the preseason, with Houston taking two of those meetings. Kansas City claimed a 19-9 victory vs. Houston (8/17/02) in the initial preseason meeting between these two franchises. Houston registered a 24-14 victory in preseason action at Reliant Stadium (8/12/06) and also took a 16-10 preseason win at Arrowhead (8/15/09).

 

The Chiefs have won four of their last five regular and postseason contests played in the city of Houston. In addition to road wins against the Texans in 2003 and 2005, KC claimed a pair of victories vs. the Oilers – a 20-19 win (9/1/96) and a 28-20 triumph in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/16/94).

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