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Kansas City Chiefs: Previewing Week 7 Matchup Against Houston Texans





Who would have thought?

As if heading into Week 6 with an undefeated record wasn’t raising enough eyebrows after their lackluster 2012 season, the Kansas City Chiefs soundly beat the Oakland Raiders in a 24-7 win at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Chiefs, led by quarterback Alex Smith, are 6-0 for the second time ever in franchise history, and have moved into place to rank second overall in the NFL, led only by the only other undefeated team in the league, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

So, what’s next?

While there are those who are skeptical about the sustainability and longevity of Smith and the Chiefs’ offensive game this season, the Kansas City defensive machine continues to come through. Kansas City’s prospects could be looking bright as they prepare for the coming Week 7 game against the 2-4 Houston Texans, also at Arrowhead.

In contrast, the Houston camp may be looking at bigger challenges of their own, not the least of which is possibly facing Kansas City without their starting quarterback, Matt Schaub — who may not be playing Sunday due to a leg and ankle injury sustained during the team’s loss on Sunday to the St. Louis Rams. Two backups are being prepared to possibly start as quarterback for Houston: T.J. Yates and Case Keenum — Schaub’s playability will not be determined until late this week.

Thus far this season, the Texans have struggled against opponents who have controlled the football for an average of more than 35 minutes, and for the Chiefs, two effective ways they can maintain a chokehold on the clock for themselves are by pushing their running game with running backs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, and by executing shorter passes against what has proven to be a weak Houston pass defense. If the Chiefs pull that off, Charles and Jones could easily amass high yardage against their opposing defense this coming Sunday.

Regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Texans, Kansas City’s offense must really pull its act together in the next few games, because the showdown against this Broncos squad will be here before they know it. Imagine the highly-anticipated barnburner it would be: The upcoming battle between the Chiefs and Broncos, with each team boasting undefeated records.

Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.