By Cody Stoots

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Texans in week one of the regular season and despite a late rally, the game was almost all Chiefs from the jump.

Alex Smith picked apart what was supposed to be a great Texans defense. He threw for 243 yards on 22/33 for three touchdowns. 106 of those yards and two of those touchdowns found their way into Travis Kelce’s hands. They didn’t even need a performance from their Pro Bowl caliber running back Jamaal Charles.

Charles may not have jumped off the page, but accounting for him and his dynamic ability left the Texans in poor matchups all afternoon. He isn’t an issue anymore, but the Chiefs are far from helpless in that department.

Charles was lost for the season and like the great Hydra which Hercules had to fell in his mythical tales, one is gone and two took its place. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West now tote the rock for the Chiefs on an offense that is rolling coming to Houston.

Both Ware and West have each had games where they have gone over 100 yards since Charles was lost. The Chiefs have rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games.

“Short stocky backs, quick, they definitely pose a real challenge,” said Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus. “Especially when they get behind that line and you know you can lose those guys pretty quick.”

Fellow linebacker John Simon knows if the Texans want to slow the Chiefs impressive offense down, keeping West and Ware bottled up will be key.

“It’s a very psychical running game,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of big guys up front that do a nice job for them. Two really good backs who know how to find the holes, and get vertical, and get up the field and make some plays for them.”

Follow Stoots on Twitter – @Cody_Stoots


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