Charles Omenihu, Texans defense dominated by Chiefs in 51-31 loss

A former standout defensive lineman out of the Texas Longhorns football program, Charles Omenihu, was defeated by the Chiefs on Jan. 12.

A former defensive end of the Texas Longhorns football program, Charles Omenihu now with the Houston Texans, took part in a crucial AFC Divisional Round playoff battle on Jan. 12. Omenihu and the Texans battled the two-seed and AFC West Division Champion Kansas City Chiefs on the road at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

In this big playoff battle in the Divisional Round on Jan. 12, the Chiefs looked to fall far behind early on and maybe be knocked out after the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game. But the Texans faltered after the first quarter, and let superstar former Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes get unleashed for more than 320 passing yards and five touchdowns. Mahomes also had no picks on the day.

Former Clemson Tigers National Championship winning quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn’t able to have the same type of impact on the game that Mahomes did. Watson did have a decent outing, with 388 yards passing and two touchdowns on the day, but it wasn’t near enough to keep pace with the electric Chiefs offense.

Although he did get some snaps for the Texans against the Chiefs this weekend, Omenihu wasn’t able to do a whole lot. He only took 24 percent of the snaps in the Texans Wildcard Round win over the Buffalo Bills at home, and he got around the same workload against the Chiefs.

While Omenihu was big for the Texans against Kansas City back in Week 6 in a crucial 31-24 win, he didn’t replicate that performance in the playoffs. He racked up one sack of Mahomes in Week 6. But he only came up with one quarterback hit, no sacks, and no tackles in this playoff loss to KC.

And the former Longhorn that is on the Chiefs roster didn’t get to suit up in this game against the Texans. Veteran 28-year-old 6-foot-4 defensive end Alex Okafor got off to a hot start this season with five sacks in the first 10 games, but wound up missing the rest of the year with a torn pectoral muscle injury he suffered last month.

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The Texans are now knocked out of the Super Bowl hunt this year after this convincing 20-point defeat at the hands of the red hot and finally healthy Chiefs. And the Chiefs will move on to face the rolling Tennessee Titans, who just beat the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 11, in the AFC Championship Game next weekend.

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