KANSAS CITY- All offseason, it was about Patrick Mahomes and the $500 million contract signed following the Super Bowl LIV victory.
In the season opener however, it was a rookie running back who had come off a championship of his own that stole the show.
Former LSU running back and national champion Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards on 25 carries and scored his first professional touchdown as Kansas City took a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans.
The Chiefs are now 1-0 and look to recapture the magic of last season and become b the first team to repeat since the Patriots in 03-04.
Edwards-Helaire is the first player with 100-plus rushing yards and a rushing TD in his NFL debut since Giants RB Saquon Barkley in 2018.
Mahomes finished the night with 211 passing yards and three touchdowns while Sammy Watkins had a breakout game with seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Travis Kelce had six catches for 50 yards and a touchdown while Tyreek Hill had 46 yards and a touchdown.
Houston QB Deshaun Watson registered 253 yards passing and a touchdown along with an interception. Watson also scored a rushing touchdown.
David Johnson, the running back who was acquired in the DeAndre Hopkins trade, had 77 yards and a touchdown. Will Fuller led all Texans receivers with 112 yards on eight catches. Jordan Akins caught a touchdown from Watson.
The Chiefs defense, once again underrated, constantly applied pressure on Watson all night. Defensive captain Chris Jones forced multiple quick throws including an interception by rookie L’Jarius Sneed. In all, the Chiefs totaled four sacks.
After Johnson scored in the first quarter, Kansas City scored 31 unanswered points while holding the Texans to 13 late 4th quarter points.
Chiefs K Harrison Butker capped off the scoring with a 19yd field gol with 30 seconds remaining.
The Chiefs are 1-0 and will face the Chargers next week. The Texans at 0-1 will face Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens next. The NFL is back in action.