Chiefs vs Colts Preview

     On Saturday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs play the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs. The Chiefs come into the game fresh off a first-round bye, while the Colts beat the Texans last week in Houston, 21-7. The Colts are one of the hottest teams in football as they have won 5 games in a row, and 10 of their last 11 games. The Colts are led by a balanced offense which features quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. This season Luck finished 2nd behind Mahomes in touchdown passes with 39, while Hilton finished 12th in the NFL in receiving yards and with 6 receiving touchdowns. The Colts found success against Houston by running the ball rather than through the air. Running back Marlon Mack finished with 148 yards on the ground against one of the best run defenses in the NFL.

     Meanwhile, the Chiefs are looking to snap a home playoff drought, as they have lost their last 6 home playoff games, 2 of which have been against the Colts. The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game, Joe Montana was the quarterback and they beat the Steelers in the 1994 Wild Card game. The last time the Chiefs played the Colts in the playoffs was the Wild Card game in 2013 when the Chiefs blew a 28 point lead. Overall, this is not a good matchup for the Chiefs. The Colts have a good, not great defense that will most likely have a hard time stopping Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. The thing that will be a challenge for the Chiefs is the Colts offense. The Colts have the ability to expose the Chiefs run defense and keep Mahomes off the field while controlling the clock. Something to keep in mind is that there is a chance of snow on Saturday afternoon during the game. Snow would work against the Chiefs advantage of throwing the ball downfield.

     With all of this said and keeping history in mind, I do not think the Chiefs will be able to overcome their own weaknesses and will lose their 7th straight home game. Prediction: Colts 31 – Chiefs 27.

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