The most chaotic NFL offseason in decades ends today as the 2020 season kicks off with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans in the NFL opener.
Kansas City is the defending Super Bowl champions, coming off a 12-4 regular season record and a fourth-straight AFC West crown. One of those four regular season losses came against the Texans, but they avenged that loss in a historic AFC Divisional Playoff game only a few months later en route to knocking off the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers.
After QB Patrick Mahomes led won Super Bowl MVP honors, the Chiefs rewarded him with a $503 million contract. But Mahomes isn’t the only 2017 signal caller who got a big payday this offseason.
The Houston Texans are similarly coming off back-to-back division crowns thanks to star QB Deshaun Watson. Just a few days ago, the Texans gave Watson a mega contract extension of his own.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Chiefs-Texans game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Kansas City is a lock for this game. The computer model gives the Chiefs a 77-percent chance to beat the Texans in tonight’s game.
IT'S GAMEDAY! pic.twitter.com/CVA7doMSS1
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 10, 2020
There was no preseason and little-to-no tackling in training camps due to the ongoing pandemic.
Additionally, home games across the NFL will have a significantly reduced capacity.
Needless to say, we’re going to need to get acclimated to a version of the NFL we haven’t seen before. But we’re all just happy to have some football to enjoy.
The Chiefs-Texans game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium at 8:20 p.m. EST. It will air on NBC.