|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||1-2||25.0||10.7||328.0||(5.4)||0.7||19.7||8.0||338.7||(5)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||24.1||11.0||19.7||28:47||25-109||(4.4)||21-36||58.7%||229||(6.3)||61-337||(5.5)||(14)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.2||11.4||19.8||30:07||27-110||(4.1)||21-35||61.5%||228||(6.5)||62-337||(5.5)||(14.5)|
|Offense Road Games||24.1||6.9||19.7||28:01||23-108||(4.8)||21-37||58.4%||227||(6.2)||59-335||(5.7)||(13.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.8||13.9||20.1||31:13||29-129||(4.4)||20-33||60.8%||234||(7.2)||62-363||(5.8)||(15.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.5||11.7||19.9||31:32||28-114||(4.1)||22-35||61.7%||236||(6.8)||63-350||(5.6)||(14.9)|
|Defense Road Games||23.1||14.1||21.3||31:59||29-120||(4.2)||21-32||63.4%||236||(7.3)||61-357||(5.8)||(15.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0||0.5||13-5||36.3%||1-0||12.5%||3-71||(23.6)||2-21||(10.3)||4-38|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||13-5||37.3%||1-0||46.4%||3-63||(23.7)||19-2||(8.6)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.4||0.0||0.4||0.4||12-4||35.7%||0-0||0.0%||4-85||(23.8)||2-13||(7.2)||5-43|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||39.9%||1-0||46.2%||3-64||(24.9)||2-27||(14.3)||7-62|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||38.7%||1-0||50.6%||3-61||(23.7)||19-2||(8.2)||7-59|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.6||0.3||0.9|| ||13-5||42.0%||1-0||50.0%||3-57||(22.2)||2-20||(11.6)||6-57|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||3-0||43.0||31.3||394.3||(6.7)||1.0||25.3||13.7||417.7||(6.3)||3.7|
|Offense (All Games)||28.5||16.4||20.2||31:31||27-126||(4.6)||21-35||60.7%||216||(6.2)||62-341||(5.5)||(12)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||26.6||13||21.1||31:39||28-113||(4.1)||22-36||62.6%||249||(6.9)||64-362||(5.7)||(13.6)|
|Offense Home Games||25.4||13.3||21.3||31:21||26-123||(4.7)||23-37||61.2%||227||(6.2)||63-351||(5.6)||(13.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||18.2||9.3||18.9||28:29||26-114||(4.5)||20-37||54.8%||251||(6.7)||63-365||(5.8)||(20.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24||11.9||20.6||30:44||27-116||(4.2)||22-36||61.2%||249||(6.8)||64-365||(5.7)||(15.2)|
|Defense Home Games||19.9||9.7||17.9||28:39||23-89||(3.9)||22-35||61.3%||275||(7.8)||58-364||(6.2)||(18.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0||1.5||14-5||35.3%||1-0||33.3%||2-75||(30)||4-46||(11.6)||7-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.8||14-5||39.7%||1-0||44.9%||2-58||(23.7)||25-2||(10.4)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.7||0.6||1.3||0.4||14-6||42.4%||0-0||33.3%||3-83||(29.1)||4-41||(10.7)||7-49|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||1.1||2.5|| ||14-4||32.0%||1-0||43.7%||3-70||(24.4)||2-15||(6.5)||7-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||14-5||38.4%||1-0||52.7%||3-63||(23.3)||17-2||(8.1)||7-59|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.9||0.9||1.7|| ||13-4||32.3%||1-1||66.7%||3-63||(24.6)||2-18||(7.4)||8-63|
|Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 20.1, KANSAS CITY 16.6|
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|INDIANAPOLIS: The Colts continue their transition to man blocking in the running game. New offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton comes from Stanford, where he used a power running game between the tackles. They'll likely try to establish the running game more than they did last year under former OC Bruce Arians, when they were one of 11 teams to run on less than 40 percent of their plays. Vick Ballard will get the first crack in what should be a committee set-up. Delone Carter will likely take short yardage duties, while Donald Brown (not an ideal fit in this scheme) will rotate in on all three downs.
Hamilton kept last year's playbook, and he's obviously familiar with Andrew Luck from college. They want to take a lot of shots up the seam, and they do a nice job utilizing pick plays and setting up bubble screens. Reggie Wayne is an intermediate target and the No. 1 receiver, while slot man T.Y. Hilton will see more snaps and is capable of getting deep. Darrius Heyward-Bey replaces Donnie Avery as a deep threat. The tight ends play both ways, and Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener will often share the field. The Colts let Luck do his thing deep in opponent territory, though it is partly because they lack power in their offensive line. He's given the option to create with his legs.
Although they have the third-easiest NFL schedule, the Colts will still struggle on the defensive end. In 2012, they recovered a pathetic three fumbles all year, allowed 138 rushing YPG (4th-most in NFL) and surrendered 29.1 PPG on the road. With Dwight Freeney gone, OLB Robert Mathis (8 sacks) is the only player left with more than four sacks. But not all is hopeless, as MLB Jerrell Freeman (145 tackles, 5th in NFL) is a budding star, and Indy improved its secondary by signing CB Greg Toler and SS LaRon Landry.|
|KANSAS CITY: New head coach Andy Reid will bring his West Coast offense to K.C., but unlike in Philly, his personnel with the Chiefs will force a more run-heavy approach. Jamaal Charles will be the focal point of the offense, as the Chiefs will incorporate a lot of zone blocking and stretch plays outside the tackles. They'll also use a lot of shotgun and spread formations to create space for Charles. Reid rode LeSean McCoy hard in Philly, and Charles is looking at a similarly huge workload. Rookie Knile Davis is coming off a rough season at Arkansas, but could emerge as the thunder in the Chiefs' backfield.
Reid and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, most recently his QB coach with the Eagles, will run a classic West Coast offense. Alex Smith will work off play-action a lot and they'll move the pocket around for him. Dwayne Bowe will spend most of his time at flanker as the No. 1 receiver in this offense, with Donnie Avery stretching the field as a split end. The Chiefs are built for a lot of two-tight end sets, with Anthony Fasano in-line and more likely to stay in and block, and rookie Travis Kelce as the pass-catching H-back. Reid has talked up Dexter McCluster, but he figures to be only a part-time weapon. In the red zone, Smith will likely be put on a lot of sprint-outs on what are run-pass options.
No team forced fewer turnovers (13) than the Chiefs last year, who had just four takeaways over the final eight games. New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will try to mix things up with his 3-4 base that provides multiple looks and will blitz more than last year. The Chiefs had only five sacks coming from their defensive line in 2012, but OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali combined for 19 sacks. The team added free agent CBs Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith to give the front seven more time to apply the pressure.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (INDIANAPOLIS-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Colts-Chiefs Preview* ======================
By ELI KABERON STATS Writer
Because of some surprising results last week, both the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs still have an outside shot at earning a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.
There's also a decent chance Sunday's matchup at Arrowhead Stadium won't be their last this season.
Already in the postseason, both the Chiefs and Colts will have their minds set on improving their seeding in what could wind up as a preview of an AFC wild-card matchup.
The South champion Colts (9-5) benefited greatly from the results in Week 15, which saw the AFC's three other division leaders - Denver, New England and Cincinnati - all lose. Because of that, the Colts will claim a first-round bye if they are able to win out, and Baltimore - which faces the Patriots and Bengals during the final two weeks - also wins its final two games.
Indianapolis closes the season against Jacksonville.
"Regardless of what happens with anyone else, we want to win the rest of our games and kind of be catching fire here at the right time going into the playoffs," left tackle Anthony Castonzo said. "We want to be playing our best ball regardless of what happens with any other teams."
To win out, the Colts must show better consistency than they have over the past six weeks. Since Nov. 10, the team has alternated wins and losses every week, most recently beating Houston 25-3 last Sunday. However, Indianapolis' inability to string together impressive performances could be costly come playoff time.
Coach Chuck Pagano said he is not worried about the team's streaky play.
"I just think these guys are able to move on, win or lose," Pagano said on his weekly radio show. "They are able to put the last game behind them, make corrections that you always have and stick to the process. It's the next game. Stick to the process. Our guys do a great job of that."
The Chiefs (11-3) have bounced back from their three-game losing streak by scoring a combined 101 points in two road wins. Running back Jamaal Charles had 195 yards receiving and accounted for five touchdowns in last Sunday's 56-31 rout of Oakland.
The win sealed a playoff berth for the Chiefs, an impressive accomplishment after last season's 2-14 finish.
"Anytime you can clinch a playoff spot, it's special," quarterback Alex Smith said. "Obviously, there's still some left to go here, in the division, but yeah, it's special. It's what you're playing for, it's what you worked for all offseason to get to the postseason."
The Chiefs will need Denver to lose at least one of its final two games in order to earn a first-round bye. If they are unable to pass the Broncos, the Chiefs will be the AFC's fifth seed and could well face the Colts again in two weekends in Indianapolis.
"I'll probably tell you the same thing that I told you when we played Denver, you give it the best shot your first time and then you come back, two weeks later, and give it your best shot then," coach Andy Reid said of the possibility of facing the Colts twice. "That's how we'll approach it."
Charles leads the AFC in rushing yards with 1,181 - he's also hauled in a team-high 65 receptions - and a Kansas City offense that's averaged 5.3 yards per carry the past five weeks figures to be eager to run this week. Indianapolis lost middle linebacker Pat Angerer for the season due to a knee injury suffered against the Texans.
Charles nearly single-handedly took down the Colts last Dec. 23, rushing for 226 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. But the Chiefs turned it over three times and Andrew Luck's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne gave the Colts a 20-13 win at Arrowhead.
Though Kansas City has won by a combined 60 points the past two weeks, there are still issues to fix on the defensive end. Over their past eight games, the Chiefs have allowed 47 plays of 20 or more yards, the most in the NFL.
"Yeah, we have to cut down on that," Reid said. "Big plays can hurt you, obviously. We're addressing that and we'll get that worked out. I wouldn't get hung up on it, too much now. The final score is what you're looking at, that and turnovers.
The Chiefs have been quite good in that regard, producing an NFL-best plus-21 turnover differential and a league-high 35 takeaways after getting seven against Oakland.
Turnovers might be hard to come by in this game. Indianapolis and Kansas City are tied for the fewest turnovers in the league with 14, and the Colts have only given it away three times in seven road games.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:04:40 AM EST|