The Houston Texans Host the Undefeated Kansas City Chiefs Tonight on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’

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The Houston Texans Host the Undefeated Kansas City Chiefs Tonight on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’

Two Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates will be showcased this weekend on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” as Kareem Hunt and the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) visit Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans (2-2) at NRG Stadium. Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” tonight, October 8, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

The Chiefs boast one of the league’s premiere offenses fueled by rookie standout Hunt, who leads the NFL with 502 rushing yards. Hunt has totaled 659 scrimmage yards in his first four career games, the second-most in NFL history behind RB Billy Sims (745 scrimmage yards in 1980). Per Pro Football Focus, the first-year starter leads all running backs in yards gained after contact with 256. Coupled with the play of QB Alex Smith, who leads the league in both completion percentage (76.0) and passer rating (124.2), Kansas City ranks second in total offense. A 29-20 win over the Redskins in Week 4 improved the team’s record to 4-0 for the first time since 2013.

Houston enters Sunday’s game on the heels of a 57-14 win over division rival Tennessee. Watson threw for 283 yards and combined to score five total touchdowns to tie the single-game NFL rookie touchdown record. Watson, who was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the performance, joined Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to produce at least 250 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a game. Defensively, the Texans saw the return of DL J.J. Watt, who missed 13 games with an injury last season. Since Watt entered the league in 2011, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has 439 quarterback pressures, second to only Von Miller (443), according to Pro Football Focus.

The two franchises last met in primetime in 2005, when Kansas City traveled to Houston and defeated the Texans, 45-17. The Chiefs own a 55-36 all-time record in primetime games and have won their last two “Sunday Night Football” contests. Sunday’s matchup marks the second of four primetime games for Houston this season. Watson, making his first career start, led the Texans to a 13-9 road win over Cincinnati in Week 2 on “Thursday Night Football.”

Calling Chiefs-Texans are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 32nd season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of “Sunday Night Football” is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff.

“Football Night in America,” the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by Mike Tirico, who will report on-site from FedEx Field, and Dan Patrick, who will host from Studio 1 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Patrick is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and PFT Live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Radio. Paul Burmeister will report from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Packers-Cowboys game.

NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App to Live Stream All NBC NFL Games

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all NBC games to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. (NOTE: NBC Sports does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)

“SNF” is No. 1 Primetime Program on Television, with NBC/NFLN “TNF” Ranking No. 2

NBC “Sunday Night Football” finished the 2016-17 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for a record sixth consecutive year – tying American Idol for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on live plus same day data provided by The Nielsen Company.

NBC “Sunday Night Football” also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the seventh consecutive TV season. “SNF’s” six-year run at the top marks the only six times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season In addition, NBC/NFL Network Thursday Night Football ranks as primetime TV’s No. 2 show in average viewers and household rating, and No. 3 among Adults 18-49.

The above press release was issued by NBC Sports.

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10 BROADCAST SERIES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Source: Nielsen Media Research // 10/09/17 - 10/15/17
Sunday Night FootballNBC5.6016.16 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.6014.60 million
Football Nt. in America: Pt. 3NBC3.009.12 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS2.9013.14 million
This Is UsNBC2.8011.02 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.4010.91 million
The Voice (Tues.)NBC2.4011.09 million
Football Nt. in America: Pt. 2NBC2.306.98 million
60 MinutesCBS2.3013.34 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.108.08 million

TV WATCH TOP 10: 2017-18 SEASON AVERAGES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Sunday Night FootballNBC6.7719.04 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.7314.75 million
Young SheldonCBS3.8015.86 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS3.2514.48 million
This Is UsNBC3.1811.42 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.5010.72 million
The Voice (Tues.)NBC2.4010.62 million
Will & GraceNBC2.137.69 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.178.07 million
The Good DoctorABC2.1010.86 million