By HCR Staff | Jan. 12, 2020
Here’s what we’re keeping an eye out for in this game.
Does former New England Patriots defensive Romeo Crennel copy the Pats’ 2018 blueprint against the Chiefs? In last season’s AFC Championship Game, the Patriots had a lot of success in the first half of the game slowing down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. Current Texans DC Romeo Crennel has a long and strong Patriots background, and we have a feeling he’s spent some time studying last season’s AFC Championship game and Bill Belichick’s defensive game plan. The Patriots were able to slow down Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce–will Crennel double him and force the action to other options?
Can the Chiefs get pressure rushing four? We think Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo would prefer dropping seven into coverage, but that only works if the Chiefs can get pressure upfront rushing only four people. The Chiefs defense over the past month has been playing much better, and they do have talent on the DL, led by Chris Jones. If the Chiefs can do this, it could be a long day for Texans QB DeShaun Watson.
Andy Reid’s clock management in a close game. With or without a Super Bowl, Andy Reid is going to be under serious consideration for the NFL Hall of Fame. However, if he’s had one blind spot in his career, it’s his clock management in close games. Icing playoff games hasn’t been his forte. We’ll see if this improves tomorrow.