Charles scored on a 1-yard run late in the first quarter to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead, but Houston came right back on the strong right arm of QB Case Keenum, the local Houston-area collegiate hero making his first NFL start.
Seemingly unfazed by the Arrowhead crowd or his first start, Keenum hit passes downfield of 26, 29, and 42-yards and has 151 passing yards. Best of all for the snake-bitten Texans is that they have yet to turn the ball over to the Chiefs. Houston has the second-most turnovers in the NFL and is a big reason their record is only 2-4.
Kansas City’s Alex Smith may not have the big plays that Keenum does, but he is throwing the ball down field more and has hit Dwayne Bowe for a 21-yard pass, Donnie Avery for 17, and tight end Anthony Fasano for a crucial 11-yard pass that lead to Charles’ touchdown run.
Trailing 10-7 late in the second quarter, Smith led the Chiefs on a nice drive, mixing the run and pass very effectively against the NFL’s #1 defense. Smith scored on a 5-yard run to put the Chiefs up 14-10 that seemed to be the result of a busted play between him and Charles.
The Chiefs will need to play better defense in the second half if they are to remain undefeated.