A pair of upstarts meet in Houston

Matt Cassel has struggled this year.

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

The storyline
The Chiefs are looking like the real deal in all aspects, except quarterback play. The Texans seemingly refuse to take that next step as a franchise.

Why you should watch
Houston is capable of producing -- or allowing -- 500 yards any given week. The Chiefs' explosive special teams could be a big factor.

Did you know?
Chiefs WR Chris Chambers has four touchdowns in his last four games against the Texans. ... Kansas City's Tamba Hali has four sacks in his past two games. ... Texans RB Derrick Ward has scored a touchdown in each of the last two weeks. ... Kevin Walter leads Houston with three TD catches this year.

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