The NFL announced last Thursday that the 12 p.m. CT game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans would be moved to the 3:25 p.m. CT slot instead. I’m now beginning to wonder whether NFL executives are now regretting that decision, as the Texans continue to implode early in the 2013 season.
The Chiefs are now 5-0, and their success is definitely the reason for the schedule change. They’ve won by an average of 14 points per game, and it’s been pretty exciting watching Andy Reid and Alex Smith experience so much success this season after the tough stretches they went through in 2012.
They’re ranked 22nd in the league in passing yards per game and 13th in rushing yards per game, and on defense they rank second in passing yards allowed and 25th in rushing. They pose an extreme challenge to this Texans team, but not because they’re really anything special.
The Texans themselves pose the biggest obstacle to their dreams of a Super Bowl in 2013. As much as I respect him as a leader and a human being, Matt Schaub probably doesn’t need to be the starter for the Texans right now, even if he just sits out for a game or two.
He’s not in a good place after throwing pick-sixes in four consecutive games (an NFL record) and throwing more interceptions (nine) than he has touchdowns (eight). Many of his throws looked overthrown, and his bad luck quota for this season should already be maxed out.
The running game is so-so right now, as Arian Foster and Ben Tate continue to put up a lot of yards on the ground. But Tate also seems to have been bitten by the turnover bug, fumbling twice in the past two games. Foster has really started to turn it around this year, but he’s still not where he needs to be for the Texans’ play-action passes to work.
Defensively, the Texans are still pretty solid, as they’d need the all-decade NFL defense to keep opposing offenses from scoring with this many turnovers and general miscues on the other side of the ball. Even so, the Texans’ D isn’t getting many turnovers themselves these days, and that’s the key to winning in this modern pass-happy game.
So the game might not be very compelling because there’s a possibility that it won’t be very competitive. We’ll have to see what happens in the Texans’ game against the St. Louis Rams this week, but I know I’d be rethinking this move if I was making decisions for TV time in the NFL.