Kansas City Chiefs: Good, Bad, Ugly Vs Houston Texans in Week 5

First Glance: Texans vs. Chiefs

First Glance: Texans vs. Chiefs

The Houston Texans defense has taken a significant hit with star linebacker Whitney Mercilus suffering a chest injury in the first quarter of Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

That much was evident on Sunday night, as the Kansas City Chiefs wore the Texans down to a nub in a 42-34 win at NRG Stadium. Despite this, quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of his 37 passes, throwing for three touchdowns in 324 yards, granting Smith his second 300-yard passing game of the season, a career high for him. Oh jeez, I can't believe I just typed that.

Bill O'Brien has his work cut out for him with injuries to Watt and Mercilus. The Texans announced Watt is out with a knee injury.

"Look, I thought we competed until the end and the next guys are going to have to step up and play", continued O'Brien.

Watt was fighting through a block when he fell to the ground and was unable to get up without help.

The team said Watt had been diagnosed with a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg.

2. Situational Texans When you see the word "situational" you might think I'm talking about things like third down defense, and while the Texans were very bad in that particular situation - the Chiefs converted 9 of 16 - I am actually talking about situations like after the end of the game, where the Texans scored a touchdown on the final play of the game. He was helped off by trainers and later was carted to the team's locker room. With Watt missing most of last season as well, Clowney had a breakout year where he was one of the best edge defenders in football.

The Texans also lost another key defensive player on their opening drive. "The other 31 teams in the league don't feel sorry for you".

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