JOHN McCLAIN BREAKS DOWN THE GAME

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THREE KEYS FOR CHIEFS

The NFL’s No. 1 rush­ing of­fense that av­er­ages 163.5 yards has to con­trol the ball and keep the de­fense fresh. Play­ing be­hind an in­jured line, quar­ter­back Alex Smith must avoid the rush un­til his re­ceivers get open. When the de­fense gets to De­shaun Wat­son, it has to bring him down and not al­low him to make plays.

THREE KEYS FOR TEX­ANS

Quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son has to be pre­pared for de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bob Sut­ton to try to con­fuse him. When the Tex­ans reach the red zone, they have to score touch­downs and not set­tle for field goals. The de­fense has to set the edge, be dis­ci­plined and keep rookie run­ning back Ka­reem Hunt from bounc­ing out­side.

Brett Coomer / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

When Kansas City played at NRG Sta­dium a year ago, Tex­ans free safety An­dre Hal, right, made his pres­ence felt against tight end Demetrius Har­ris and the Chiefs.

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