Chiefs lose 31-24, at home, to the Texans

Sam Mellinger, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Football

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- All Chiefs games are the same now.

Patrick Mahomes throws for many, many yards, some in spectacular fashion. He also runs for his life on many, many snaps because the opponent knows what's coming and the offensive line is only three-fifths intact.

And the opponent rushes for many, many, MANY yards.

You can sprinkle in some different details to keep things interesting. This week, in the Chiefs' 31-24 loss to the Texans, those details include Tyreek Hill winning a jump ball against two defenders downfield, the defense coming up with a couple of takeaways, and -- this one was a doozy -- Frank Clark, unblocked, one-on-one against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and giving up the touchdown.

But, really, every Chiefs game is the same now. They throw for a ton of yards, give up a ton of yards, call some weird plays, and at the end have a chance to win or lose.

The Chiefs are football's version of a man trying to make it through his workweek with migraines and a badly sprained left ankle right now, and this is three weeks in a row in which the shrinking margins have shown up in obvious ways -- the last two in home losses to potential AFC playoff opponents.


Eric Fisher, the Chiefs' injured starting left tackle, has never appeared more important than when you're watching Cam Erving in his place.

Mahomes' ankle is almost certainly hurting worse than he is letting on, which is a concern not just for the possibility of his limited mobility leading to more injuries but also in the plays he can't extend and throws he's not completing.

An offense that had been leading the league with well over 30 points per game has now managed just 43 in its last two home games. They managed just seven points on their last six possessions.

Also, and here's one that can't be fixed by health: the Chiefs' tackling STINKS.


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