After stifling the Titans run game to just 86 yards and forcing five total turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble recovery), the Texans hope to repeat their performance against a high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense in Week 5.
Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt has been electric, leading the NFL with 502 yards rushing on 68 carries with four rushing touchdowns. The rookie has also caught two touchdowns and recorded 157 yards receiving.
"He does a good job of running in the open field, of attacking the guy's leverage, making the guy sit down," defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel said Thursday. "As opposed to just looking for the sideline, he's attacking the guy and then making a break. So, it's a huge challenge for us and obviously we're preparing all week, we're trying to prepare for the running game."
The Chiefs offense has been efficient through the air as well, riding the success of veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who has the highest passer rating in the NFL (124.2). Smith has completed 76 percent of his passes and ranks second behind only Tom Brady with eight passing touchdowns and no interceptions.
"I think he's found a great match in Andy Reid," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a very smart player, he's a very efficient player. He can run. He's a really hard guy to get ready for because of his combination of his intelligence, his passing ability and his ability to run. It's a big challenge."
Through one quarter of the season, the Texans defense has forced a league-high seven fumbles. From Weeks 2 through 4, the Texans defense has allowed an average 75.7 yards rushing per game. Benardrick McKinney currently leads all players with 2.0-or-more sacks in the NFL with 25 tackles.
"We're just going to be aggressive, play our style of football, play Texans defense and just do like we always do," McKinney said. "Have fun, just communicate and be on the same page."
The (2-2) Texans will host the (4-0) Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC and SportsRadio 610.
Check out some of the best shots from Wednesday's practice as the Texans prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs.