It's a strange time to look at the Indianapolis Colts offense. Without Peyton Manning, the'yre 28th in points, 26th in passing yards and 23rd in passing touchdowns. This is a stark contrast to what we're used to seeing out of Indy.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley talked with the media on Wednesday and ran down the Colts offense. We've already talked about the quarterback situation -- the Chiefs are preparing for both Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter -- and it appears Painter will be playing.
Here's what he said about the rest of the offense:
Running back: "Offensively, they've got a really good back in Joseph Addai that I like a lot, that makes a lot of yards after contact. They run the ball very well on first down specifically. They're averaging close to five yards a clip."
Receivers: "They've got as good a group of receivers in the league as there is, led by Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, Pierre Garçon, Austin Collie. They've got a really good group of receivers that can hurt you in a number of ways."
And let's not forget the banged up offensive line, either. The Colts lost Anthony Castonzo to an injury last week, the severity of which is unknown. Rookie Ben Ijalana was lost for the season last week, too.
But it's guys like Joseph Addai, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark that make you a little nervous about the Colts offense. They're definitely not the Peyton Manning Colts but they're good enough to stay competitive with the Steelers and Bucs.
The best thing the Chiefs can do is cut down on those five yard first down runs Haley was talking about. If they can put the Colts in obvious passing situations, I don't think Painter (nor Collins) is good enough to really beat the Chiefs. That would be among my priorities heading into this game.