After a 34-20 Thursday Night conclusion, both teams answered questions. I will give one takeaway from each team and a game takeaway.
The rookie RB made a historic debut Thursday Night, rushing 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdown, while averaging 5.52 yards per attempt. Edwards-Helaire fills the role of Damien Williams who opted-out due to COVID-19 concerns. Clyde found holes, broke tackles, and was very elusive in the rain. He wasn't used much in the passing game as he was only targeted twice and caught none. He did struggle on the goal line and lost around 7-10 yards total on the goal line. Overall, Edwards-Helaire, or CEH, dominated the Houston defense as they had no answer to him. It is not fair that he is on KC, he adds more speed to the offense.
The Texans were horrific in the season opener. The defense surrendered 34 points, 211 passing yards, and 166 rushing yards. The offense scored 20 points which were mostly garbage points and threw an interception. The offensive line could not stop Chris Jones and the defensive pressure as they surrendered 4 sacks. The receivers dropped multiple passes, Will Fuller and Jordan Atkins were the star receivers totaling 151 yards and a touchdown combined. One bright side was David Johnson, he totaled 109 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Houston is missing the big play ability of DeAndre Hopkins and it shows. There was no urgency on Bill O'Brien's part and that is a red flag.
The crowd was surprisingly loud for only 17,000 fans allowed in the stadium. There was no artificial noise, it was all from the people. Arrowhead Stadium is one of the only stadiums to allow fans inside. You are required to wear masks unless eating or drinking. The crowd did its job on cheering their team on and if the stadiums that allow fans could have as many fans, it will be useful for any kind of home field advantage.