The surprising Indianapolis Colts, riding a wave of quarterback Andrew Luck has made it to the next divisional playoff round. This weekend, they’ll square off against rookie sensation quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs.
This contest features two legitimate contenders. Their offenses are very well matched. Defense continues to be an issue for both squads. Whatever the outcome turns out to be, this is a must-watch game for any NFL fan.
NFL divisional playoff picks: Colts at Chiefs
Date & kickoff time: Saturday, Jan. 12, 4:35 p.m.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV channel: NBC
Odds: Chiefs -5; Total: 57.5
Pick: Chiefs 38 over Colts 21
Why the Colts will win:
- Their offensive line is superb. The Colts have one of the best offensive lines around. They allowed a league-low eighteen sacks during the regular season. Indianapolis also has a far better running game than Kansas City. They rushed for 200 yards last week against the Houston Texans, and are looking to continue their positive momentum. Some say that Luck still hasn’t reached his potential, but considering how much time he’s lost with injuries recently, their fans have to be pleased with this season’s results so far.
- The Chiefs’ defense is porous. This year’s team gave up about 405 yards per game on average. This includes over 130 yards per game rushing. They give up about 24 points per game. This clearly is not an elite defensive unit. Many of their defensive players have potential, but are still young and relatively inexperienced. If the Colts can get their ground game going, Chiefs fans will have plenty of reasons to be concerned about a possible one-and-out this playoff season.
Why the Chiefs will win:
- They have Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City’s young quarterback passed for over 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Many of his plays are nightly highlight reels. He’s one of the main reason why many of their games were prime time selections. He has a great duo of 1,000 yard receivers in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill among his many throwing targets on the field. Mahomes was a former baseball shortstop in high school, and he’s mastered the art of reading coverages and throwing smartly to the open man. He plays the position better than veterans twice his age and older.
- The Colts’ luck may run out. For starting out 1-5 to start the season, it’s admirable how Indianapolis roared back in the second half to secure a playoff spot. However, it looks like the formidable Chiefs offense may overwhelm these upstarts. Luck and other players have battled injuries from time to time, but this is their first real test of endurance in several years. Even though many of the Chiefs’ players don’t have a lot of playoff experience, neither do many on the Colts’ team.
The Chiefs are favored to win this game, but it should be an offensive shootout for both teams. The Colts are pitting their strong ground game against the Chiefs’ high-flying aerial assault. Neither team is very well known for their defense, but a few players could step up and rise to the occasion. Whoever wins this battle will likely face the Patriots for the AFC Championship, so this should be a very interesting match on both sides of the gridiron.