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Opening match of the NFL season

by Adam Schultz
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opening match of the NFL season

Opening match of the NFL season

Finally, after what has seemed like forever, we finally have NFL football back tomorrow and what a game to start us off. Patrick Mahomes and his Super Bowl winning Chiefs take on Desaun Watson and the Houston Texans in the opening match of the NFL season at Arrowhead.

In a game that many including myself see as both teams being able to put up a lot of points. However, with no preseason games and limited training camp there will no doubt be some rust in the first half from both sides.

The Chiefs come into this game as overwhelming favourites and rightly so. With Mahomes under centre, newly drafter back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who I expect to take the NFL by storm in 2020, along with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins on offence and Chris Jones, Frank Clark and Tyron Mathieu on the defensive side you can see why the Chiefs will start as favourites.

Do not count out the Texans though, having Watson will always make sure the Texans will be in this game. Although he does tend to hold onto the ball a little too long and take unnecessary sacks, the guy has some serious talent. At the time of writing new wide receiver Brandin Cooks is listed as questionable as is fullback Cullen Gillaspia and linebacker Jonathon Greenard.

Surely the debacle of last season will be burning in the minds of all Texan players. Shooting out to a 24-0 lead before they well and truly got blown out to the tune of 51-31 in which Mahomes threw for 5 TD’s to end the Texans season in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Both teams have some seriously talented players on both sides of the ball, however I am leaning toward the Chiefs in this one. Being at home will be an advantage even if no fans will be there and overall, they are simply just a better team than Houston.

I expect both sides to put up points and at times it will most likely not be pretty but Chiefs win to kickstart their Super Bowl defence. Chiefs win 34-24.

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