Final update — This matchup ended up being a little underwhelming when it came to quarterback play. Mahomes was efficient and totaled 211 yards and three scores through the air on 24-of-32 passing. It’s not quite the massive performance most people expected from him, and he might not have to do as much with if Edwards-Helaire is a threat to pass the century mark on the ground every week.
Watson rallied down the stretch and ran for a touchdown put Houston within 11 points of Kansas City, but he didn’t get the ball back after finding the end zone. He threw also threw for a game-high 253 yards. The Texans have a lot to work on offensively, at it appears like the running game could more of a focal point in 2020 than it was in 2019.
Third quarter update — Mahomes hasn’t tallied another score, but has managed to rack up 208 passing yard ahead of the final frame. Watson is struggling and has completed 12 of his 20 passing attempts for 139 yards with one interception.
Halftime update — Mahomes has been the more productive quarterback so far. He’s 16-of-21 passing for 133 yard and two scores. The Chiefs have been more balanced than usual and have run the ball 16 times, but Mahomes opened up as the game went on and tried to stretch the field more before the break. Watson is 9-of-16 passing for 104 yards. He hasn’t thrown for any scores and only has six rushing yards on one carry. He’ll have to do a lot more in the second half for Houston to come back from being down 17-7.
First quarter update — Neither quarterback has gained much momentum so far. Watson was 5-of-7 passing for 43 yards before handing it off to David Johnson for the first score of the game. Mahomes is 7-of-9 through the air with 68 passing yards. He had a touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson called back in his first drive of the game but came back in his second drive to break into the red zone. He capped off the drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce early in the second quarter.
Thursday’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans marks the beginning of the 2020 season, and two top-notch quarterbacks with big-time contracts are getting to strut their stuff after securing long-term deals over the offseason.
Patrick Mahomes landed the the most lucrative deal in NFL history when he signed a 10-year extension worth $450 million. The reigning Super Bowl MVP is coming into 2020 looking to defend a title and show off an impressive arsenal that includes Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Deshaun Watson inked a four-year, $160 million deal and will have to prove he can still thrive without star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was moved in a trade that brought in running back David Johnson. We’ll be tracking the stats of each starter in this quarterback duel here.