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Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans: AFC Wild Card Open Thread

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-5) AFC WC HOUSTON TEXANS (9-7)

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Date: 9 January 2016
Location: Houston, TX
Time: 3:35 PM Central Stadium: NRG Stadium
TV: ESPN/ABC Radio: KC: XM 226, Sirius 83
HOU: XM 82, Sirius 82
National: Sirius/XM 88
TV Announcers: Mike Tirico
Jon Gruden
Know Thy Foes: Arrowhead Pride
Battle Red Blog
Weather: Indoors
Line: Kansas City -3, Over/Under 39.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Chiefs 20, Texans 17
Final Score: Chiefs 30, Texans 0

In thirty minutes, the 2015 NFL playoffs will officially be underway! The action is going to kick off in the Lone Star State, as the #5 seed in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs, will travel to Houston to take on the #4 seed, the AFC Champion Houston Texans.

The Chiefs' season looked like it was spiraling out of control, as they fell to a 1-5 record after they lost to the Minnesota Vikings on 18 October. But Kansas City hasn't lost since then, reeling off ten consecutive victories and staying in the battle for the AFC West all the way to the final week of the season. Their defense has really been their calling card this season, as they're third in the NFL in points allowed, giving up just 17.9 points/game. They're also in the top ten in the NFL in passing yardage allowed, rushing yardage allowed, and total yards allowed.

The Texans emerged from the pig pile that was the AFC South this season, and they did so despite starting four different quarterbacks (Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, and T.J. Yates). Hoyer is back at the controls for the Texans in this one, and he leads an offense that has the great DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver and. . .well, not a heck of a lot else, really. However, like the Chiefs, the Texans lean on a very good defense. . .they are 7th in the league at points allowed at 19.6 points/game, and are also in the top ten in total yards allowed, passing yards allowed, and rushing yards allowed.

Houston might have the biggest disadvantage in this one, as they lost their starting left tackle (Duane Brown) for the post-season in their regular season finale with a torn quad. Having to face Justin Houston and Tamba Hali with a backup left tackle probably isn't ideal. However, the Texans have their own great pass-rushing duo in J.J. Watt and the emerging Whitney Mercilus. It's going to be interesting to see who comes out on top in this one.

Who's going to come out on top this afternoon in Houston? We're just a short time away from finding out. You can discuss the contest right here with your fellow Vikings fans. Enjoy the football, ladies and gentlemen!