|AFC Wild Card Playoffs|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2.1||2-1||2-1||29.0||21.0||334.3||(6.1)||1.7||27.0||14.7||411.0||(5.8)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||26.9||16.1||20.2||31:06||28-129||(4.7)||21-34||60.9%||209||(6.1)||62-337||(5.5)||(12.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25.2||12.6||20.8||30:27||28-114||(4.1)||22-36||62.4%||244||(6.9)||63-358||(5.7)||(14.2)|
|Offense Road Games||30.6||19.6||19.5||32:03||30-130||(4.4)||20-32||61.2%||202||(6.2)||62-332||(5.3)||(10.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||19.1||9.8||18.9||29:38||27-120||(4.5)||21-37||56.4%||248||(6.7)||64-368||(5.8)||(19.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.8||11.8||20.6||30:59||27-115||(4.2)||22-36||61.5%||247||(6.8)||64-363||(5.7)||(15.3)|
|Defense Road Games||17.9||9.5||19.9||29:25||29-145||(5)||19-38||50.8%||226||(5.9)||67-371||(5.5)||(20.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.6||1.1||1.1||13-5||34.9%||1-0||36.4%||3-82||(29.9)||4-43||(11.8)||6-48|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||13-5||39.4%||1-0||45.4%||3-62||(23.7)||23-2||(10.4)||6-51|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.2||0.4||0.6||2.4||13-4||29.5%||1-0||28.6%||2-74||(31.3)||4-48||(13.2)||6-45|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.3||0.9||2.2|| ||14-5||34.1%||1-1||50.0%||3-65||(24.4)||2-15||(6.5)||7-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.7|| ||14-5||38.8%||1-0||50.7%||3-60||(23.1)||17-2||(8.1)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.9||1.1||3.0|| ||15-5||34.7%||1-0||36.4%||3-76||(24.2)||2-11||(5.2)||7-47|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+4.5||3-0||0-3||26.0||17.7||359.0||(5.2)||0.3||6.7||4.3||292.0||(5)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||24.4||11.7||19.9||29:41||25-108||(4.3)||22-36||60.3%||233||(6.4)||62-342||(5.5)||(14)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.9||11.4||19.7||30:12||27-111||(4.1)||21-35||61.5%||229||(6.6)||62-340||(5.5)||(14.9)|
|Offense Home Games||24.9||15.7||20.1||30:04||27-105||(3.9)||22-36||60.7%||239||(6.6)||63-344||(5.5)||(13.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.0||12.7||19.9||30:19||28-125||(4.5)||20-34||60.3%||232||(6.9)||62-357||(5.8)||(17)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.7||11.5||19.5||30:23||27-112||(4.1)||21-35||61.4%||230||(6.6)||62-342||(5.5)||(15)|
|Defense Home Games||20.9||12.2||19.0||29:56||28-126||(4.4)||20-35||58.4%||241||(6.9)||64-366||(5.8)||(17.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.2||0.9||0.8||13-5||37.6%||1-0||30.0%||3-63||(23.5)||2-20||(9.9)||4-36|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||1.9||13-5||37.0%||1-0||47.9%||3-61||(23.7)||19-2||(8.3)||6-51|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.9||0.5||1.4||0.7||14-5||38.7%||1-0||28.6%||2-52||(23.1)||2-25||(12.5)||4-31|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||37.6%||1-1||52.6%||3-68||(25.2)||2-25||(13.7)||7-62|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||14-5||37.5%||1-0||49.6%||3-61||(24.1)||20-2||(8.5)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.2||0.9||2.1|| ||14-5||36.0%||2-1||50.0%||2-68||(27.2)||2-29||(16.7)||7-65|
|Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS CITY 17.9, INDIANAPOLIS 19.2|
|12/29/2013||@ SAN DIEGO||24-27||L||15.5||W||45||O||37-143||21-30-189||0||36-186||22-33-219||1|
|1/4/2014||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2013||@ KANSAS CITY||23-7||W||7.5||W||47||U||34-135||26-37-232||0||20-155||16-29-132||4|
|1/4/2014||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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.|
|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.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-INDIANAPOLIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES status of Hali, Fisher)
*Chiefs-Colts Preview* ======================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
The Indianapolis Colts think they're playing their best football at the perfect time. The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to finally be healthy when it matters most.
They'll meet for the second time in three weeks Saturday at Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game.
The Colts (11-5) have won three straight while allowing 20 points, including a 23-7 victory at Kansas City on Dec. 22.
"I think if you check the last six Super Bowl winners, they got hot at the right time," Indianapolis defensive end Robert Mathis said. "That's what it's all about, getting hot at the right time."
The Chiefs (11-5) have lost two in a row, but they approached Week 17 cautiously and now expect to have wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (concussion), linebacker Justin Houston (dislocated elbow) and left tackle Braden Albert (hyperextended knee) as they try to end a seven-game playoff losing streak.
However, the status of linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) is up in the air, and right tackle Eric Fisher could miss this game due to a strained groin. Neither practiced Thursday, though coach Andy Reid remained optimistic Hali would play as long as the swelling subsides.
"It's the start of a new season. That's how the playoffs work," Reid said. "You're in the dance, as they say. It's another phase of the season. You've worked very hard as a team to get into this position. Now it's important that you exhaust yourself to make sure you're right."
A 30-10 win over Jacksonville on Sunday closed out the Colts' regular season on a high note. Andrew Luck completed 26 of 37 for 282 yards and a touchdown, finishing his sophomore regular season with 23 TDs for the second straight year while cutting his interceptions in half to nine.
That followed their Week 16 win over the Chiefs in which Luck improved to 2-0 against Kansas City. He went 26 of 37 for 241 yards while counterpart Alex Smith was 16 for 28 for 153 yards and an interception.
Kansas City missed out on the AFC West title and a first-round bye with its late-season struggles, though some of its key players had a designed week off in Sunday's 27-24 loss at San Diego. Smith was among them.
"Obviously, guys are going to be feeling pretty fresh, so that's a good thing," Smith said. "It will really help us as far as the week goes, having a great week of preparation."
Prior to the loss to the Colts, Smith had thrown seven TDs without an interception in wins at Washington and Oakland. The Chiefs went 6-1 on the road with Smith at quarterback this year, and he threw 11 TDs and one pick in those games.
He now gets another shot at a Colts defense that forced eight turnovers in the last three games while allowing nine third-down conversions in 37 chances.
The defensive efficiency hasn't been there all season, and the team now looks back at a players meeting during the second half of the season as a turning point.
"It was an important moment for us as a defensive unit, and the results are where they are now. We finished December strong," end Cory Redding told the team's official website. "It was basically just coming together, putting things out on the table as a unit. Get anything that's going to hold us back from achieving our goal out in the open and, 'Let's talk about it, let's hash it out and let's get to playing football fun and together as a unit.' That's what we did."
Kansas City's defense had a stronger start, leading the Chiefs to a 9-0 start before injuries and inconsistency settled in as the team lost five of its last seven. It allowed 12.3 points per game in its first nine and 27.7 in the last seven.
The Chiefs know the Colts offense doesn't cause itself many problems, yielding a league-low 14 turnovers. Kansas City was tied for second with 18, four of which came against Indianapolis.
"That's a challenge I think both ways - both offensively and defensively," Reid said. "(The Colts are) efficient with the ball, they don't have a lot of penalties that are called against them and they don't turn the ball over much. That's this time of the year, you've got to eliminate mistakes. Mistakes get magnified in the playoffs."
The Chiefs haven't won a playoff game since the 1993 season, with three losses during their postseason skid coming against the Colts.
Indianapolis has dropped three straight in the postseason after last season's 24-9 wild-card loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 9:33:16 PM EST|