3 Houston Texans Bold Predictions for Week 1

Zach Brunner
Bold predictions for the Houston Texans in Week 1.
Bold predictions for the Houston Texans in Week 1. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Houston Texans help to kick off the 2020 NFL season on Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are heavy favorites to keep momentum going and get the Week 1 win.

With the way the offseason went for each of these teams, Kansas City getting the first win of the season wouldn't be surprising. However, we could see some surprises in the game. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Texans against the Chiefs.

3. David Johnson Scores Two Touchdowns

David Johnson had an underwhelming 2019 season, which resulted in 715 total yards and six touchdowns. Bill O'Brien decided to trade for him this offseason, sending DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans' top receiver, in exchange for him. With the amount of heat O'Brien took, look for Johnson to be heavily-involved in Week 1, as the Texans coach attempts to look like a genius.

2. Deshaun Watson Passes for More Than Patrick Mahomes

Yes, the Chiefs very well could have the best passing offense that the NFL has seen in a long time. It's also true that the Texans' secondary is suspect, after giving up the ninth-most passing yards per attempt last season (7.2). However, this Texans offense could actually be better this season, despite losing Hopkins. They brought in multiple players to replace the production of the great receiver. Having multiple competent weapons could prove to be more valuable than one great one early in the season. Watson passed for more than 300 yards just once last season. Let's watch him start the 2020 season with a 300-yard game.

1. Texans Run the Ball Less Than 20 Times

No team in the NFL averaged less than 20 rushing attempts per game last season. Houston averaged the 12th-most rushing attempts, at 27.1 per game. With the addition of David Johnson in the backfield and the new wide receivers, look for Houston to go extremely heavy on the pass, using some creativity in Week 1.

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