Ogunbowale has eight carries for 27 yards and Burkhead has 80 yards on 26 carries. TEXAS FOREVER Mahomes grew up in Tyler, Texas, and starred at Texas Tech, before becoming a first-round pick of the Chiefs, and has such an affinity for his home state that he has a home there for the offseason. But the closest he's come to playing in Texas over his first five-plus seasons in the league was in 2017, when he rode the bench behind Alex Smith for a game in Dallas. ''Houston is about a three-hour trip from Tyler, '' he said, ''so I'm sure there's a lot more people coming than I even know. It'll be cool for them to see me playing in my home state for sure.
Can they do that? We’ll discuss in these bold Chiefs Week 15 predictions. *Watch NFL games LIVE with fuboTV (click for free trial)*3. Isiah Pacheco puts up big numbersDuring the Chiefs preseason, there was a huge amount of buzz surrounding seventh-round rookie running back out of Rutgers, Isiah Pacheco. Once the season started, it took a while for him to get going and become the team’s No. 1 back, but by the Chiefs’ Week 15 game vs. the Texans, he is now the main man. Pacheco now leads the team in carries (124) and rushing yards (591). He’s had double-digit carries in each of his last five games and has run for 66 yards or more each time.
''The Texans returned to Davis Mills at quarterback last week after benching him for two games. But instead of only relying on him to run the offense, Houston used a two-quarterback system with Jeff Driskel taking some of the snaps. Smith wouldn't say if they plan to use the same plan at quarterback this week, but Mills said he liked how it worked against Dallas. ''We felt good about it, '' he said.
'' PIERCE'S INJURYThe Texans will be without star rookie running back Dameon Pierce after he was placed on the injured list after spraining his ankle last Sunday. Pierce, who leads rookies with 939 yards rushing, has been one of the only bright spots in Houston's terrible season. ''If Dameon can't go, we know what he's been to our offense this year, '' Smith said. ''He's one of the best running backs in football. There would be a void. When a player can't go, the void is sealed by others. We look to all options. ''The two other running backs on Houston's roster are Dare Ogunbowale and Rex Burkhead, but neither has done much this season.
3 Chiefs Predictions For Week 15 Vs. TexansThe Kansas City Chiefs Week 15 matchup against the Houston Texans should be a bloodbath on paper. However, the Chiefs have a frustrating way of playing to their level of competition. So, will the Chiefs make this one easy on fans and put on a Chiefs-Texans blowout? Or will they let the worst team in the league hang around just to make it interesting? We’ll predict the answer to those questions and more in our bold Chiefs Week 15 predictions below. With four games to play, the Chiefs are 10-3, which is tied for the best record in the AFC. Unfortunately, thanks to the team’s Week 6 loss to the Buffalo Bills, that puts them in second place and on track to play on Wild Card weekend instead of getting a bye.
''The Chiefs (10-3) have won six of their last seven games. Meanwhile, the Texans (1-11-1) need a win to avoid losing nine straight for the first time since dropping the final 14 games of the 2013 season. After dealing with Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott last week, Houston coach Lovie Smith knows his team faces another huge challenge this week in Mahomes, who leads the NFL in yards passing (4, 160) and touchdowns (33). ''He can just do it all, and he's got a history in the league now of that, '' Smith said. ''When you have a player like that, it makes everyone look better.
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In Week 11, he put up 107 yards on 15 carries vs. the Los Angeles Chargers, which is important and instructive for Pacheco’s possibilities in the Chiefs-Texans game. That’s because the Chargers are the 28th-ranked rushing defense in the league. And one of the only teams worse than them at stopping RBs is the Texans, who rank dead-last in rushing yards allowed. The Chiefs’ game plan this week should feature a heavy dose of Isiah Pacheco, and the rookie runner should produce a lot with his carries. The bold Chiefs Week 15 prediction here is that Pacheco rolls for over 100 yards and at least one rushing touchdown.
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''HEY, OLD FRIENDThe Texans will see a familiar face Sunday with safety Justin Reid playing for the Chiefs. Reid was drafted by Houston in the third round of the 2018 draft and spent his first four seasons in Houston before signing with Kansas City this offseason. ''I'm excited, '' Reid said. ''I have a lot of personal relationships with a lot of those guys, a lot of love for those players, the coaching staff. So, it's a fun game for me personally to go back in be in the atmosphere that I began my career in. ''Smith raved about Reid, who started 53 games in his four seasons in Houston.
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That means all of these last few games are crucial as the Chiefs must win out and hope the Bills slip up to finish first. On the Texans’ side, the team is also cruising to their season goal, but that’s goal is obtaining the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. At 1-11-1, the Texans are just a few losses away from wrapping that up. Despite being epically bad when it comes to winning games, the Texans did fend off a double-digit favorite Dallas Cowboys team last week to make it a game (and only lose by four). The Chiefs can’t win anything this week by beating the Texans, but they can lose things. That’s why the best thing the team can do in this Chiefs-Texans matchup is put their opponents away early and get ready for next week vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
''Obviously, both of us have the mindset of whatever we can do to help the team win games. That's what we're doing. If (we) use the both-quarterback system, we're trying to move the ball and score touchdowns. That's our main focus. ''REINFORCEMENTS COMINGThe Chiefs could have wide receiver Kadarius Toney back this week after missing most of the past four games with a hamstring injury. They also hope to add Mecole Hardman, who recently came off injured reserve for an abdominal issue, though it's possible he is another week or two away. ''If you add speed to any offense that those two guys have, '' Mahomes said, ''it really opens up everybody else, because you have to account for those two guys one very play.
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