1. Lucky 7?- It's Week 7.
Keenum's play will go a long way in determining how the Texans fare at Arrowhead. Head coach Gary Kubiak made the decision to go with the second-year quarterback on Thursday morning.
"We’re looking for a spark," Kubiak said. "I think he deserves an opportunity to go out there."
"This is going to be the best NFL defense I’ve ever played," Keenum said. "I think it’s going to be a big test.”
It will be a big test, and keep an eye out to see if the Texans line up differently at all with Keenum in the game. Kubiak and Keenum's teammates have talked about his ability to move outside the pocket.
2. The Right stuff-
“I think Ryan will continue to take some snaps off of Newton, some series off of Newton because Ryan has played pretty good for us,” Kubiak said. “I don’t see us being any different going into the game right now.”
Newton’s been flagged twice this year for a false start, and twice for holding.
3. Work, not words- Defensive end
Watt’s having another terrific season. He’s tallied 3.5 sacks, but more importantly, is disrupting the pocket on passing downs and penetrating the offensive line on run plays. While the stats may be off his 2012 pace, anyone with eyeballs has seen how much of a force he’s been in September and October.
His heroics will be needed Sunday, because Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles leads the conference in yards from scrimmage with 129.9 per game. He’s a weapon running and catching the ball, and Watt can help cool off the 6-0 Chiefs’ offense.
“Hopefully I’ll answer all your questions with my play on the field and if there are any further questions, I will see y’all Sunday after the game,” Watt said.
4. Coverage is key- Safety
All those changes will certainly have an impact on how the special teams units perform. The Chiefs are a Top-10 team in both kickoff and punt returns, averaging 25.6 and 11.7 yards per, respectively. Field position will be important in helping Keenum and the offense operate more efficiently, so watch what happens in coverage.
5. Run strength- If Keenum is to have any chance, he'll need another big game from running backs
“I think it’ll be beneficial if we have that element of our offense going," Foster said. "Just being there for him. Handling our business in the run game because, when you run the ball well, it obviously opens up things in the passing game. I think it’s important.”
Foster has an AFC-best 531 rushing yards this season. Getting yardage and setting up the bootleg play-action pass for Keenum can help this team come home from Kansas City with a victory.