The Indianapolis Colts dropped their rival last week in the Wild Card game. They also were the AFC South leaders.
Can the Colts keep it going against the AFC’s best team? The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the top NFL teams this season. Indianapolis will hope to keep the magic alive Saturday afternoon.
The Chiefs roll into this game with a record of 12-4. Tied with AFC West rival LA Chargers for the top record in the Conference. It’s been a tough go as of late for Kansas City. They are 3-3 in their last 6. Before that, the Chiefs were 9-1.
What may be the difference maker this weekend is the defense. Heading into this game, the Chiefs are ranked 24th out of 32 in points against per game (26.3). Indianapolis currently allows only 21.5 points against per game, which is good for 10th in the league.
This could be a high-scoring affair. The Colts own the league’s 5th ranked offense in terms of scoring. Indianapolis have scored 27.1 per game. Kansas City has the top offense in points per game. The Chiefs drop 35.3 per game on average.
T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron will need to battle through lingering injuries once again this week. Hilton is fighting an ankle injury, while Ebron hs dealing with a hip injury. Both are probable for this contest, however.
The Colts last won the Super Bowl in 2006. They reached the Super Bowl again in 2009. Since then, they have been bounced in the Wild Card, Divisional and Conference rounds. This is their first playoff appearance since 2014.
Kansas City has not made it out of the Division Round since 1993, where they lost in the Conference Championship. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 1969, in the AFL.
Can the Colts stop the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill? What makes the Chiefs dangerous is their offense. If they get going, can anything stop them?
Andrew Luck’s o-line have done well protecting him this season. They will need another big game this weekend. Can Luck bring the Colts to the Conference game or are the Chiefs too powerful?