Hey guys, feeling that deja vu? Its only been a week or so since the Colts and Chiefs played last yet it feels like a month has passed. As we all know by now, the Colts and Chiefs are set to square off on Saturday, January 4th at 4:30 PM EST. To preview this match up, all you can do is to look at the game from week 16 and be updated with the injury reports throughout this week.
First, lets talk about that week 16 game. I'm here to give an objective opinion on it, the way I saw it without blue Colts blinders on. The first drive, the Chiefs looked great offensively and seemed to be executing their offense just the way Andy Reid would want them to. The Colts offense, on the other hand, started the game off poorly and had 2 quick punts on the first 2 drives. This is when both sides of the ball for the Colts made some adjustments. After that first TD drive, the Chiefs attempted to continue with running the ball, but the Colts D began to play aggressive run D with an extra defender in the box. From that point, Charles had some nice runs but none like the gashing TD run in the first quarter. The problem with the Chiefs O was that they could not throw the ball efficiently enough to counteract the Colts commitment to stopping the run. I'm of the opinion that Alex Smith, not Reid's play calling, was the main problem as he refused to take deep shots down-field to loosen up the defense and was tentative/hesitant all game, which led to turnovers.
The Colts offense simply started executing better after the first 2 drives, and used some of their no-huddle offense. The weakness of the Chiefs' D, as we all know, is the secondary, so the Colts came out throwing to attack that, and had success because Andrew Luck started having time in the pocket to throw. On a side note, how THE FU*& does Tom Brady make the Pro Bowl over Luck this season? Brady had 25 total TDs and 11 picks as he carried a flawed offense (with a great O-line) while Luck had 27 total TDs and 9 picks as he carried a flawed offense without Reggie Wayne for most of the year (with a shitty offensive line). Back to the topic here, the Chiefs will have Justin Houston for the game this week, which should help the pass rush, but I would still expect the Colts to come out throwing it.
In terms of special teams, Dexter Mcluster gives me nightmares because the Colts haven't been great in punt coverage (Tavon Austin had his breakout game against us). But that has changed in recent weeks as Darius "Hands-like-feet" Heyward-Bey started to assume the role of gunner. As a receiver, DHB had constant flashes of ineptitude as he dropped passes week after week. So, he was relegated to the role of gunner, where he can use his speed to outrun blockers and force fair catches, which he has done often these past few weeks and can hopefully do on Saturday.
Lastly, injury-wise there are basically 3 guys that are in doubt. Starting defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin had a knee injury, but his MRI came back negative and he is day-to-day. Vontae Davis, the best corner on the Colts, aggravated a groin injury but his MRI also came back negative and he is day-to-day. Bjoern Werner, the back-up pass rusher that comes in on passing downs, had an ankle injury but his MRI came back (you guessed it) negative and he is also day-to-day. Since this is the playoffs, I would expect all three of these guys to play, but they might not be 100%.
With you guys, I just wanted to ask about the Chiefs injury situation. Are there any injuries to starters that might keep them out?
If you have any other questions, just shoot away. Good Luck on Saturday