HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – In a sloppy game that saw a combined five turnovers and one touchdown, the Houston Texans outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs 19-12 Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium.
The Texans (2-0) defense was relentless and made life difficult for Alex Smith and the Chiefs (1-1)offense. The Texans forced and recovered three Chiefs fumbles hitting Smith seven times, sacking him on four separate occasions.
A promising opening drive which included a phenomenal 53 yard catch by Will Fuller in which he bobbled the ball and still came down with it in stride to set up a first and goal from the three yard line. Three plays later Brock Osweiler was picked off in the end zone by Marcus Peters
The Texans defense responded with a takeaway of their own. On third down, Alex Smith handled a bad snap from center Mitch Morse On the first offensive play after the turnover, Osweiler connected with DeAndre Hopkins on a 27 yard touchdown to give the Texans the first score of the game and lead 7-0.
Early in the second quarter the Chiefs got on the scoreboard with a 53 yard field goal by Cairo Santos to pull the Chiefs within four at 7-3.
With the Texans leading 10-3 late in the fourth quarter, safety Quintin Demps forced a fumble on run by Spencer Ware. Kevin Johnson scooped up the loose ball and returned it 52 yards to the Chiefs 14-yard line. The Texans couldn’t find the endzone and Nick Novak kicked his second field goal of the half to increase the lead to 13-3 with 1:21 remaining in the half.
In the second half, neither team found the endzone. The Chiefs scored the first points of the second half in the fourth quarter with a 43-yard field goal to make it 13-6.
Neither quarterback was sharp Sunday. Osweiler finished 19-for-33 for 268 yards with the Hopkins touchdown and two picks. Alex Smith did not look like himself by getting sacked four times and throwing for just 186 yards and going 20-for-37 on pass attempts. Both quarterbacks rated under 70.0.
For the second straight week Will Fuller totalled over 100 yards receiving. The rookie wideout had four catches for 104 yards. Hopkins added 113 yards receiving on seven catches and his second touchdown of the year.
The Texans have a short week as they travel To Foxboro, Massachusetts for Thursday Night Football against the New England Patriots. The Chiefs are home Sunday when they face the Jets.
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