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2019-01-12
Indianapolis Colts
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Kansas City Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts Prediction & Preview

Kansas City Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts 2019-01-12 NFL,

It’s an AFC Divisional Playoff matchup in the Midwest. The Indianapolis Colts are on the road as they travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday afternoon. Indianapolis advanced by knocking off Houston 21-7 on the road in the AFC Wild Card round last Saturday. Kansas City had a bye week last week: they won the AFC West by defeating Oakland 35-3 at home on December 30 in their regular season finale. The Colts lead the all-time regular season series 12-9 though the Chiefs took a 30-14 win on the road in the last meeting on October 30, 2015. Indianapolis has won all four previous playoff meetings, including a 45-44 home win in the last matchup on January 4, 2014.
 
A Quick Review of the Season to Date
Indianapolis Colts Review
Indianapolis picked up a win in week 17 to punch their ticket to the postseason. Against the Texans in the wild card round, the Colts ran all over the league’s third-best run defense to jump out early and then held Houston at bay. Indianapolis led 14-0 after the opening quarter and 21-0 at the half while keeping Houston out of the end zone until just under 11 minutes to play in the game. The Colts held a 422-322 advantage in total offense, picked up 26 first downs while allowing 20 and controlled time of possession by a 31:14 to 28:46 margin. Both teams turned the ball over once but the Colts rode Marlon Mack’s playoff franchise record 148 yards on the ground en route to the win.
Kansas City Chiefs Review
Kansas City snapped a two game slide as they came up with the critical week 17 win over the Raiders to earn the AFC West crown. The Chiefs had the bye last week and they’ll look to punch their ticket to the AFC Championship Game here. Kansas City got back to their big play mentality as they scored on pass plays of 67 and 89 yards along with a 54 yard pick six. The Chiefs were up 14-0 after the opening quarter and held a 21-0 edge late in the first half. Kansas City had a 409-292 advantage in total offense despite losing the first down battle 20-18 and losing time of possession by a 33:56 to 26:04 margin. The Chiefs forced four turnovers while committing one turnover.
 

Indianapolis Colts Offense vs. Kansas City Chiefs Defense

Running the Ball: Who Has the Edge?
Indianapolis Colts Rushing Offense
Indianapolis was hit and miss with the ground game this season as injuries took a toll, as did some big deficits early in the season. The Colts ran for more than 100 yards just once in their first five games, with the high water mark being 104 yards against the Redskins in week 2. Over the final 11 games of the season, Indianapolis broke the century mark seven times, including two games where they ran for at least 220 yards. In the final month of the regular season, the Colts averaged 108.8 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry on the ground while finding paydirt six times. In the win over Houston in the wild card round, they racked up 200 yards and a 5.7 yard per carry average.
 
Marlon Mack leads the team with 195 carries for 908 yards plus nine scores. Jordan Wilkins (60 carries, 336 yards, TD) and Nyheim Hines (85 carries, 314 yards, two TD) are next in line. Andrew Luck contributes 148 yards on the ground from the quarterback position. Mack ran for a franchise playoff record 148 yards against the Texans in the wild card round. The Colts finished the season with nine runs of at least 20 yards this season: Mack had seven of them. Indianapolis moved the chains 96 times on the ground this season.
Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense
Kansas City has struggled in all facets of defense this season, which makes it all the more important that their offense carries the day. The Chiefs have had problems stopping the run, allowing at least 100 yards in 12 of their 16 games this season. Kansas City has held just two opponents under 70 yards on the ground this season, with that coming in week 2 against the Steelers, when they allowed a season-low 37 yards, and in a week 6 demolition of the Bengals, when they allowed 65. Kansas City allowed at least 170 yards on the ground six times this season. Over the final quarter of the season, the Chiefs allowed an average of 162.5 yards per game, 4.8 yards per carry and five touchdowns on the ground.
 
Anthony Hitchens is the team’s leading tackler as he has piled up 135 tackles (81 solo) with 6.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Reggie Ragland contributes 86 tackles (46 solo) with half a sack plus three tackles for loss while Dee Ford (55 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles), Xavier Williams (47 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, forced fumble) and Chris Jones (40 tackles, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles) are solid in the front seven as well. The Chiefs have allowed just 11 runs of at least 20 yards this season but has seen the opposition move the chains 129 times on the ground this season.
 












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