Betting Odds: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5)
- Houston Texans Moneyline: +120
- Kansas City Chiefs Moneyline: -140
- Over/Under: 34
- Kickoff: August 9, 2018 — 8:30 p.m. ET
Quarterback Deshaun Watson has made a full recovery from his torn ACL and could play Thursday. Running back D’Onta Foreman’s recovery is less clear, as the 2017 third-rounder remains on the PUP list after tearing his Achilles as a rookie. Foreman’s 4.2 yards per carry easily surpassed Lamar Miller’s two-year rate of 3.9 yards per rush, but Miller did average an additional five fantasy points per game with Watson last season. A strong preseason could solidify Miller’s status as fantasy’s cheapest featured back.
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Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are perhaps the league’s most explosive offense, as each of wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt all are strong athletes with proven game-breaking ability. The wild card is second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who will attempt to surpass Alex Smith’s near-MVP campaign from a season ago. Regardless of whether Mahomes emerges as one of the next great quarterbacks, his next-level arm strength and gunslinger mentality should make the ride entertaining.