The NFL season is mere moments away, with the Houston Texans and reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs taking the field on Thursday night to open the 2020-21 season. This will be a rematch of the AFC Divisional Playoffs from last year, which feels like years ago now. Patrick Mahomes went Super Saiyan and led the Chiefs from a 24-0 defecit to win 51-31 on their way to their first Super Bowl win since 1969 in Super Bowl IV.
The Texans will look to avenge that stunning loss without their best player in DeAndre Hopkins who was inexplicably traded for David Johnson who looks to revive his career after three disappointing injury riddled seasons after a tremendous 2016 Pro Bowl campaign. At least they have a legitimate super star in Deshaun Watson who signed a four-year $160 million extension becoming the leader the Texans have always needed.
What TV Channel is Texans-Chiefs on?
Texans-Chiefs will be shown on NBC and NBC Universo at 8:20 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.
When is does the NFL season start?
When: Thursday, September 10
Where: Arrowhead Stadium
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, NBC Universo
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds
Although it will be a great way to start of the season watching these tremendous QBs face off, the Chiefs are easily favored.
Texans Odds: +9
Chiefs Odds: - 9
Money Line: Texans +340 - Chiefs -420
Mahomes has many more weapons especially with Watson having very few options to throw to. Plus, the Chiefs defense improved tremendously over their 2018-19 campaign that truly helped them leap into championship territory. Look for that to continue.
The question isn't if the Chiefs will be good this year but if they will have enough in the tank to repeat as Super Bowl champs. Something that hasn't happened since 2005 when the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXIX against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chiefs shouldn't face much resistance in the AFC West with the Chargers and Broncos with new and unproven QBs and the new scenery in Las Vegas is unlikely to turn around the woes of the Raiders for the last two decades.
With Tom Brady now in the AFC, it looks like Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are the biggest obstacle preventing the Chiefs from getting back to the Super Bowl. But let's be honest, who is betting against a healthy Cam Newton and Bill Belichick in New England?
Either way, it's just a relief the NFL is back even with a lot of uncertainty going into the season. The 2020 campaign will look like no other with no fans in the stands due to the COVID-19 pandemic at least for the first week, if not the foreseeable future. This season will also look different as the NFL recently announced their social and racial justice plans.
Similar to the NBA, players will be able to wear messages on their helmets or jerseys with NFL approved social justice messages. No matter how different this season looks, at least we can count on that auto-drafted team to outperform us in Fantasy again. Here's to the NFL being back!