Kansas City hasn’t won a playoff game since 1994, but the
What's more, Smith has been impressive in a handful of postseason appearances. In three career playoff games — two with San Francisco and one with Kansas City — he has thrown for 873 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
Smith told reporters this week that the team isn't dwelling on the 22-year postseason victory drought.
"I don't think this team's carrying that weight, to be honest," he said. "Those were the other 22 years and 22 teams. This is us. And we're just trying to go out and win a ballgame. I don't think we need to add any more weight to it. It's already big enough. I think everybody understands that."
Defense is the calling card of the
"It's not about speeches, I can tell you that," Texans Coach Bill O'Brien told the Houston Chronicle. "You have to adjust while the game is going on. 'Hey, they're coming at us with this running play. Man, we don't have a great front for that. Let's go back to this front we used a couple games ago because that was good against this running play.' The players have to adjust and that's the type of team we have."
The other Houston
Kansas City outside linebacker
This game is filled with running backs who, when they were coming out of college, largely escaped the notice of talent evaluators.
Houston has Alfred Blue, a sixth-round pick in 2014, along with a trio of undrafted backs: Jonathan Grimes,
Each team lost its star back this season, with Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 5, and Houston’s
Foster, for one, can vouch for undrafted players. Because he was one.
By the numbers
How teams compare statistically. All stats are per-game averages, except for turnover differential, which is for the season (league rank in parentheses):
STATISTICS | KC | HOU
Points scored | 25.3 (9) | 21.2 (T21)
Points allowed | 17.9 (3) | 19.6 (T7)
Pass offense | 203.4 (30) | 239.6 (18)
Rush offense | 127.8 (6) | 108.2 (15)
Pass defense | 231.1 (9) | 210.4 (3)
Rush defense | 98.2 (8) | 98.2 (T9)
Sacks | 47 (4) | 45 (5)
Penalty yards | 54.9 (11) | 56.9 (17)
Turnovers | +14 (2) | +5 (T10)
Sam Farmer's pick
The Chiefs are heading into the postseason with a 10-game winning streak, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll keep rolling. Since 1990, 14 teams have entered playoffs on a streak of eight-plus games, and six were one-and-dones. Watch for the Texans defense to make a stand and pave the path to an upset.