- This was a battle of two teams with the most college of offenses. Both their offensive schemes and game plans are considered unconventional by NFL standards. There’s far more quarterback run game and run pass options in the offense, as well as pre snap motion. Kansas City specifically has different formations (double wing) and personnel groupings than most NFL teams.
- Kansas City’s various formation and groupings kept the Texans defense (missing two of their better pass rushers due to first quarter injuries) on the field. The time of possession in this game was strongly in favor of the Chiefs (38:17) to the Texans (21:43).
- Kansas City was exceptional on third down (9 of 16) and as they have been all year. They also spread the ball around to many players. Lesser used players RB Charcandrick West and WR De’Anthony Thomas combined for three touchdowns. Ten players caught passes. Even though the Chiefs used many different players, tight end Travis Kelce and rookie RB Kareem Hunt were the team’s workhorses.
- Houston was able to prevent a blowout because they stayed committed to running the ball and got wide receiver Will Fuller the ball.
- Outside of the scheme, there were few major in game coaching decisions of consequence. The two teams did attempt and fail two point conversions later in the game. They ended up being of little importance in the outcome of the game.
- With 3:20 left in the 3rd quarter, Houston scores and cuts the Chiefs lead to 10 (23-13). The Texans were starting to move the ball well and now it is a two score game. The Texans elect to “go for 2”. They don’t succeed. The game is now 23-13. The Texans wanted to make it a one score game (eight points). However, converting two straight two point conversions would have been difficult. Attempting and making an extra point would have it 23-14 and a touchdown and a field goal would have given the Texans a lead rather than tied the game.
- With 8:57 left and up 32-20, the Chiefs “went for 2” and didn’t covert. “Going for 2” here was the right call as it would have put them up two touchdowns. Being up thirteen points is of little benefit as chances are that if the Texans were to score twice, they would make both extra points and take a lead.