The Reigning Super Bowl Champions Start 2020 Strong With Help of Rookie Running Back
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Clyde Edwards-Helaire shined in his NFL debut, running for 138 yards and adding a touchdown, as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans 34-20 in week one of the regular season.
The 32nd overall pick in the 2020 draft averaged 5.5 yards per carry, while adding a rushing touchdown that extended Kansas City’s lead to 24-7 on its first drive of the third quarter.
The Chiefs (1-0) primary running back in 2019, Damien Wliliams, had opted out for the 2020 campaign, and as a result, the rookie Edwards-Helaire was counted on early to carry the load in the backfield.
It started with a moment of silence to reflect on racial injustice and the events that have transpired in the United States over the last several months, as both teams locked arms in unity in the middle of the field.
The Texans previously opted to stay inside the locker room for the national anthem.
Kansas City and Houston kicked off a season like none other in the history of the NFL, with approximately 16 thousand fans in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium--a place where 76 thousand usually make it the loudest building in the league.
The Chiefs scored 31 consecutive points from the second quarter on, after the Texans opened the scoring courtesy of a David Johnson touchdown.
Duke Johnson and David Johnson split time in the backfield for Houston (0-1), with the latter getting more touches as his debut with the Texans materialized as a strong one.
The former Arizona Cardinal was involved in the offseason trade that saw DeAndre Hopkins move from Houston to the NFC West.
David Johnson’s touchdown came on the Texans second drive, after taking a handoff from Deshaun Watson and running for 19-yards.
Kansas City responded on its next drive, with an 11-play, 75-yard drive, capped off by a Travis Kelce touchdown in the red zone.
It was Kelce’s touchdown reception in the second quarter that jump started the Chiefs towards an offensive explosive.
The Chiefs then took its first lead of the game after a nine-minute drive, finished off by Sammy Watkins getting into the endzone by-way of a wide receiver screen.
The Texans went silent after David Johnson’s opening score for the next three quarters, until consecutive touchdowns in the fourth by tight end Jordan Akins and Watson respectively, cutting the Chiefs lead to 31-20.
Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes finished his week one outing throwing 211 yards, while throwing for three touchdowns.
The Chiefs will be at the new SoFi Stadium in week two, when they meet up with the Los Angeles Chargers.
For the Texans, they will look to bounce back next Sunday at home when they host the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson, and the Baltimore Ravens.