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    The Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) (7-1 @ Home)



    vs.

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    Colts (11-6) (5-4 Away)



    Saturday, January 12, 3:35PM CT
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    Kansas City, Missouri


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    Stats & Stuff

    Weather forecast:
    30 degrees Fahrenheit. Light Snow. 10 mph NNE winds.

    Line: Chiefs -5.5, Over/Under: 57!

    Trends:

    Chiefs:
    Kansas City is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Kansas City is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games
    Kansas City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Kansas City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Kansas City's last 13 games at home
    Kansas City is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Indianapolis
    Kansas City is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing Indianapolis
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing Indianapolis
    Kansas City is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Indianapolis
    Kansas City is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Indianapolis

    Colts:
    Indianapolis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Indianapolis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indianapolis's last 8 games
    Indianapolis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Indianapolis is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Indianapolis's last 13 games on the road
    Indianapolis is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Kansas City
    Indianapolis is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing Kansas City
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indianapolis's last 8 games when playing Kansas City
    Indianapolis is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
    Indianapolis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Kansas City

    Against the Spread:


    Last 10 Games Head-2-Head:


    OddsShark Super Computer Prediction:
    Chiefs 28.2
    Colts 25.9


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    Chiefs:

    “When you’re growing up, you want to go and play games like this... [Y]ou want to win on the biggest stage. For me, it’s all about going out there, being myself, leaning on my teammates and winning a football game.”
    --Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
    “You have to bring your best. That’s what the playoffs are all about. This is the best in the National Football League - which is the best in the world - and you have an opportunity to do that. That’s an exciting thing, but you better bring your best every play.”
    --Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

    Colts:

    “ We have to focus on our fundamentals, on what we do and how we do it. That’s the most important thing when you play a team of this caliber.”
    --Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus
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    Date Opponent Time/TV Tickets
    Sunday
    Sep. 16
    at PIT Steelers
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, PA
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 42-37
    Sunday
    Sep. 23
    SF 49ers
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    FOX
    W 38-27
    Monday
    Oct. 1
    at DEN Broncos
    Broncos Stadium
    Denver, CO
    8:15pm ET
    ESPN
    W 27-23
    Sunday
    Oct. 7
    JAX Jaguars
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 30-14
    Sunday
    Oct. 14
    at NE Patriots
    Gillette Stadium
    Foxborough, MA
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
    L 43-40
    Sunday
    Oct. 21
    CIN Bengals
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
    W 45-10
    Sunday
    Oct. 28
    DEN Broncos
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 30-23
    Sunday
    Nov. 4
    at CLE Browns
    FirstEnergy Stdm
    Cleveland, OH
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 37-21
    Sunday
    Nov. 11
    AZ Cardinals
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 26-14
    Monday
    Nov. 19
    at LA Rams
    LA Memorial Col.
    Los Angeles, CA
    8:15pm ET
    ESPN
    L 54-51
    Sunday
    Nov. 25

    BYE

    Sunday
    Dec. 2
    at OAK Raiders
    Oakland Col
    Oakland, CA
    4:05pm ET
    CBS
    W 40-33
    Sunday
    Dec. 9
    BAL Ravens
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 27-24(OT)
    Thursday
    Dec. 13
    LA Chargers
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    8:20pm ET
    FOX/NFLN
    L 29-28
    Sunday
    Dec. 23
    at SEA Seahawks
    CenturyLink
    Seattle, WA
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
    L 38-31
    Sunday
    Dec. 30
    OAK Raiders
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 35-3
    Saturday
    Jan. 12
    IND Colts
    Arrowhead
    Kansas City, MO
    4:35pm ET
    NBC
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    Date
    Opponent
    Time/TV
    Tickets
    Sunday
    Sep. 9
    CIN Bengals
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    L 34-23
    Sunday
    Sep. 16
    at WAS Redskins
    FedExField
    Landover, MD
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 21-9
    Sunday
    Sep. 23
    at PHI Eagles
    Lincoln Financial Field
    Philadelphia, PA
    1:00pm ET
    FOX
    L 20-16
    Sunday
    Sep. 30
    HOU Texans
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    L 37-34(OT)
    Thursday
    Oct. 4
    at NE Patriots
    Gillette Stadium
    Foxborough, MA
    8:20pm ET
    FOX/NFLN
    L 38-24
    Sunday
    Oct. 14
    at NY Jets
    MetLife Stadium
    East Rutherford, NJ
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    L 42-34
    Sunday
    Oct. 21
    Buffalo Bills
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 37-5
    Sunday
    Oct. 28
    at OAK Raiders
    Oakland Coliseum
    Oakland, CA
    4:05pm ET
    CBS
    W 42-28
    Sunday
    Nov. 4

    BYE

    Sunday
    Nov. 11
    JAX Jaguars
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 29-26
    Sunday
    Nov. 18
    TEN Titans
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 38-10
    Sunday
    Nov. 25
    MIA Dolphins
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    4:25pm ET
    CBS
    W 27-24
    Sunday
    Dec. 2
    at JAX Jaguars
    EverBank Field
    Jacksonville, FL
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    L 6-0
    Sunday
    Dec. 9
    at HOU Texans
    NRG Stadium
    Houston, TX
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 24-21
    Sunday
    Dec. 16
    DAL Cowboys
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    1:00pm ET
    FOX
    W 23-0
    Sunday
    Dec. 23
    NY Giants
    Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 28-27
    Sunday
    Dec. 30
    at TEN Titans
    Nissan Stadium
    Nashville, TN
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
    W 33-17
    Saturday
    Jan. 5
    at HOU Texans
    NRG Stadium
    Houston, TX
    4:35pm ET
    ESPN/ABC
    W 21-7
    Saturday
    Jan. 12
    at KC Chiefs
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    4:35pm ET
    NBC
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    Injury Report:


    Name Position Inj Desc
    Eric Berry S Heel
    Questionable
    Spencer Ware RB Shoulder
    Questionable
    Sammy Watkins WR Foot
    Questionable
    Reggie Ragland LB Hip
    Probable
    Dorian O'Daniel LB Calf
    OUT
    J.D. Moore RB Undisclosed
    IR
    Byron Pringle WR Hamstring
    IR
    Tejan Koroma C Knee
    IR



    Name Position Inj Desc
    Mike Mitchell S Calf
    IR
    Al Woods DT Foot
    IR
    T.Y. Hilton WR Ankle
    Probable
    Jack Doyle TE Kidney
    IR
    Ryan Grant WR Toe
    OUT
    Eric Ebron TE Hip
    Probable
    Denico Autry DE Shoulder
    Questionable
    Ross Travis TE Knee
    IR
    Malik Hooker S Foot
    Probable
    Brad Kaaya QB Back
    IR
    Tyquan Lewis DT Knee
    OUT
    Deon Cain WR Knee
    IR
    Skai Moore LB Neck
    IR
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    More Stats & More Stuff
    Team Leaders:



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    Prisco's Pick:



    The Colts are rolling into this game
    on as hot as any team, led by
    quarterback Andrew Luck. Playing
    behind an outstanding offensive line,
    Luck has the Colts offense clicking.
    That will be a problem for a bad
    Chiefs defense.




    Chiefs 33

    Colts 31
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    Chiefs vs. Colts: Game Preview

    From Chiefs.com

    Friday, Jan 11, 2019 12:00 PM
    Matt McMullen
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    Sixteen games and an unforgettable season later, here we are.

    It’s been an exciting journey to this point for the Kansas City Chiefs, from Tyreek Hill’s season-opening punt return for a score to Patrick Mahomes’ 50th touchdown pass of the year, and now it’s finally time for some postseason football.

    There were plenty of thrills – and a slew of broken records – along the way, but as the playoffs return to Kansas City on Saturday afternoon, the slate is wiped clean. The objective is simple: win three games – two of them being at Arrowhead Stadium – and bring home a title.

    And, fittingly, it’s an old postseason nemesis in the Indianapolis Colts that stand as the first obstacle in the way of that quest.

    It was an interesting season for the Colts, who struggled to a 1-5 start before winning nine of their final 10 games. That stretch began with a Week 7 victory over Buffalo, and from that point on, Indianapolis posted the top scoring defense (16.4) and the fifth-best scoring offense (28.1) in the league.

    It mirrors in many ways what the Chiefs did in 2015, as Kansas City won 10 consecutive games following a 1-5 start to that campaign. And, just like the Chiefs that year, the Colts continued their run of success with a victory over the Houston Texans on the road last weekend behind two touchdown passes from quarterback Andrew Luck.

    It was a continuation of a stellar season for Luck, who will likely be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year following the season after throwing 39 touchdown passes in 2018 – the second-most in the league to only Mahomes.

    The veteran passer missed all of last year due to injury, but he’s back and performing at as high a level as ever.

    “It’s great to have him back in the game and going. He’s had a great year and you have to stay persistent with him. You have to bring your best against him and do the best you possibly can on every play,” said Head Coach Andy Reid. “He’s going to get you every once in a while, but you have to make sure that you get him more than he gets you.”



    Luck’s success this year was due in part to arguably the top offensive line in the league, which yielded an NFL-low 18 sacks on the season. That sets up a fascinating matchup on Saturday, as no other team got after the opposing quarterback more often than Kansas City’s pass-rush.

    “They’re very good – one of the best that we’ll face all year – but we’ll be ready,” said linebacker Dee Ford, who tallied 13.0 sacks this season. “We’re up for that challenge. Everybody is good at this point in the year, so that’s what we expect.”

    A contributing factor to Indianapolis’ low sack totals has also been Luck’s ability to get rid of the ball in a hurry. In fact, when Luck throws the ball within 2.5 seconds, he’s tossed 26 touchdowns to just two picks on the year. Conversely, when Luck holds onto the ball beyond that threshold, he’s thrown just 13 scores with 13 interceptions.

    Additionally, that quick release helped the Colts tally the best third-down conversion rate in the NFL this season at 48.6 percent.

    It all makes for an intriguing test on Saturday that will require a total defensive effort.

    “It’s like anything - we’ll have our chances and we have to take advantage of them,” said Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton. “To really make it work, you have to be in sync totally. You have to have good coverage to maybe get that one little extra click [of time].”

    In order to do that, the Chiefs will need to keep an eye on pass-catchers T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron, who combined for 44 percent of the Colts’ receiving yardage on the year. Ebron, a former first-round pick of the Detroit Lions, put together a career-season with 13 touchdowns in 2018 while Hilton has long been one of the very best deep threats in the league.

    “[Hilton] can run every route. He has speed and can make plays after the catch, too,” said cornerback Kendall Fuller. “He has it all.”

    Tailback Marlon Mack has also been a reliable weapon for Indianapolis all year long, tallying 1,011 total yards from scrimmage. The 22-year-old Mack had 148 yards and a touchdown on the ground in last week’s win over Houston, putting together the best statistical performance of his career.

    In fact, in three of the Colts’ last four games – victories over Houston, Tennessee and Dallas – Indianapolis has ran the ball at least 35 times. Mack and the rushing attack will certainly be something to watch on Saturday.



    The Chiefs, meanwhile, come into this weekend’s matchup intent on running their high-powered offense – the third-most prolific in NFL history – just as they have all year long. Kansas City became the only team in league history to tally at least 26 points in all 16 games of a regular season this past year, and they’re not looking to slow down any time soon.

    “It’s single elimination. [There’s] an intensity [there] and you have to go into it knowing that you have to put your best foot forward. We know that,” Mahomes said. “At the same time, we’re going to be ourselves, do what we’ve done all season long and try to execute at a high level.”

    That means distributing the ball to pass-catchers Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, who became the first pair of teammates in league history to each record 1,300+ receiving yards and 10+ touchdowns in a single year this season.

    Kelce, in particular, thrived against predominantly zone-coverage teams such as the Colts this year with a team-leading 46 catches for 629 yards and four touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus.

    He has another opportunity to do some damage on Saturday as the Chiefs take the field intent on making their presence felt.

    “We’re excited,” Kelce said. “We’re going to go out there, be ourselves and show the world what we can do.”

    It won’t be easy, as the Colts’ defense – led by All-Pro rookie linebacker Darius Leonard – has yielded the sixth-fewest yards per game since Week 7, but there’s no denying that there’s simply something special about this edition of the Chiefs.

    And this moment – and the opportunity that comes with it - is what they’ve been preparing for all season long.

    “I’m excited just to be here and to get the opportunity to go out there and win games like this. When you’re growing up, you want to go and play games like this,” Mahomes said. “When you get older, you want to be a professional athlete and you want to win on the biggest stage. For me, it’s all about going out there, being myself, leaning on my teammates and winning a football game.”

    Mahomes and the Chiefs will look to do just that with an opportunity to play in the AFC Championship Game on the line.
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    Game Preview from ESPN.com

    Colts-Chiefs Preview

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.

    The Chiefs have every reason to believe they're due.

    Four times the teams have met in the playoffs, twice in the wild-card round and twice with a spot in the AFC title game on the line. Each time the Colts emerged victorious. All but one were down-to-the-wire nail-biters, one a record-setting shootout and another a defensive slugfest, and each left Colts fans feeling euphoric and Chiefs fans feeling cursed.

    Asked whether he understood the magnitude of the next installment in the one-sided series, Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller replied quite simply: "Oh yeah."

    "Especially what they've been going through over the years and things like that," he said. "We definitely see how fans feel, what they're expecting and stuff like that."

    There was the 1996 wild-card matchup in which Chiefs kicker Lin Elliott missed three field goals and the Colts won 10-7. The divisional showdown in 2003, when the Colts won 38-31 in a game featuring no punts. The 23-8 whitewashing three years later and, most recently, the 45-44 shootout in which Luck led the Colts from a 38-10 second-half hole to beat Andy Reid's first Chiefs team in 2013.

    There are still more than a dozen players around who were involved in that game five years ago, yet each acknowledged this week that history has no bearing on what will transpire Saturday .

    "Obviously they are a great team," said Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has played in the past two playoff games against Kansas City. "They've won a lot of games. They've got a very explosive offense. They've got probably the best returner in the National Football League with (Tyreek) Hill.

    "We are going to have to play our best game," Vinatieri said, "to try to keep up with them."

    The Chiefs happen to believe the same thing.

    Yes, they earned the No. 1 seed with their third consecutive AFC West title, and have arguably the game's best young quarterback in Patrick Mahomes. Hill joins Travis Kelce, a healthy Sammy Watkins and running backs Spencer Ware and Damien Williams in giving him plenty of weapons , while a defense that's been statistically poor also has more sacks than any other team.

    Yet the Colts, the sixth and last seed in the playoffs, may be the hottest team playing . They rebounded from a 1-5 start to win nine of their last 10 games to reach the postseason, then dominated the Houston Texans last week with a bludgeoning ground game and stingy defense .

    "The way this locker room has prepared," Luck said, "it's all about just getting better, getting better. ... It takes no heroes. You don't need a hero, whether it's a playoff game or a regular-season game. It's just everybody doing their jobs that get things done."

    Of course, having a little playoff karma never hurts. The Colts certainly have that when it comes to Kansas City, while the Chiefs believe they long ago hit their quota of misfortune.

    "All of us feel like we are here now and focused on the present day," Mahomes said, "and we feel like we have a different team, and that we can go out there and win a big football game."

    SPEAKING OF MAHOMES

    Colts coach Frank Reich played 13 seasons in the NFL, and has spent most of the past decade working with quarterbacks. And he had high praise for Mahomes , who shattered just about every Chiefs passing record this season.

    "I've heard people use the term `generational arm talent.' I think that's really true," he said. "As a former quarterback, I don't say that about too many people. I don't throw that term out real easily. I think he's a legit generational arm talent."

    MACK TRUCK

    Colts running back Marlon Mack ran for a franchise playoff record 148 yards in their 21-7 win over the Texans . Now, he gets to face a Chiefs rush defense that was last in the NFL in just about every statistical category. "I think that's an indication of how our entire offense played," Luck said. "It's a combination of Marlon and the offensive line."

    FAMILIAR FACES

    Much of the credit for the Colts' turnaround belongs to general manager Chris Ballard, who worked in Kansas City's front office before taking over in Indianapolis. It was Ballard that orchestrated two solid drafts and rebuilt the Colts defense. "I'm not surprised," Reid said. "He's got the energy to go get it. The energy and the eye to see it and go get it. That's important."

    WHAT A RUSH

    Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones had 15 1/2 sacks this season, while linebacker Dee Ford has 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles. But one of the most productive rush tandems in the NFL should have its hands full with an offensive line that allowed sacks on an league-low 2.7 percent of pass plays. "We're ready for the challenge," Ford said.

    HEALTH CHECK

    Colts wide receiver Ryan Grant (toe) has been ruled out, while defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis is doubtful with a knee injury. The big question for the Chiefs is strong safety Eric Berry, who did not practice all week with a recurrence of the heel injury that sidelined him much of the season. He was listed as questionable on the final injury report.
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    2018 Colts Preview: Colts/Chiefs, Divisional Round

    Jake Arthur
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    Friday, Jan 11, 2019 12:45 PM



    INDIANAPOLIS — The sixth-seeded Indianapolis Colts (11-6) take on the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) this Saturday in the Divisional Round of the 2018-19 NFL Playoffs. Where these teams rank in the standings is just “gray matter,” however, leading many to believe the Colts can pull off the upset. Here is everything you need to know leading into this matchup.


    STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH

    Will Weather Be A Factor?
    — There is snow in the forecast before and during gametime. At the very least, it will be cold, but the teams have prepared by practicing outside this week. If there is any precipitation, it may help throw Kansas City's potent passing attack off course. In that event, the better ground game may prevail.

    Establish The Run — Regardless of weather, it would be good for the Colts to establish the run against the Chiefs' 27th-ranked run defense. The Colts offense also has an advantage in the red zone, as it ranks fifth while the Chiefs' defense ranks 31st in that area. If the Colts can move the ball down the field with running back Marlon Mack and the run game and then get touchdowns instead of field goals in the red zone, then they will be keeping the ball away from MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes while forcing Kansas City to put sixes on the board in rebuttal. Colts head coach Frank Reich discussed this approach earlier this week: “Yeah, that’s it. If it’s running it for 200 (yards) or throwing it for 400 (yards), I am always going to say the same thing. We are trying to score every time we touch the ball and we are going to game plan and call the game in a way to score points. We are really not trying to think so much about, ‘Well let's hold the ball and keep it from them.’ We want to run it, there’s no secret about that. That does keep them off the field, that would be great but at the end of the day the primary goal is score points.”

    Shootout At Arrowhead? — If the run game doesn't dictate things then there's a good chance this game could be a shootout between two of the league's most exciting quarterbacks. The Chiefs are the only team in NFL history to score at least 26 points each game in a 16-game season, and the Colts can score points as well, ranking fifth (27.1 PPG) during the regular season. For the viewer, a Luck vs. Mahomes shootout could be quite the entertaining sight. Regarding what impresses him about Mahomes, Luck said: “Yeah, he’s fun to watch. He certainly creates some amazing plays, but he also makes the routine and the simple plays. So I think his ability to really make every throw, to do the simple things well, to do the amazing things well – it’s fun to watch. Certainly it has been fun to watch on TV and hopefully I don’t see too much of it when we’re playing him, but he’s fun to watch certainly.”

    INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

    Colts OG Quenton Nelson vs. Chiefs DL Chris Jones
    — This is an awesome matchup between All-Pros. Every week, Nelson pops up on highlight reels for his mauling blocks while Jones was third in the NFL in sacks (15.5) this season. More impressively, Jones recorded a sack in an NFL-record 11 consecutive games between Weeks 5-16.

    Colts OTs Anthony Castonzo/Braden Smith vs. Chiefs OLBs Justin Houston/Dee Ford — We already know how good Jones has been, but the Chiefs also bring pressure off the edge with Houston and Ford, who had 22.0 sacks between them. With the duty of blocking the pair, Castonzo and Smith have allowed just four sacks combined. Houston and Ford have had periods of dominance during their career, so this one is a big matchup to watch.

    Colts WR T.Y. Hilton vs. Chiefs CB Kendall Fuller — Fuller is one of the league's bright young corners, and like Kenny Moore II for the Colts, he travels from the slot to the boundary. When outside, Fuller primarily plays the offense's right side, where Hilton lines up most often. With Hilton's ankle feeling better all the time, Fuller will really have his hands full.

    Colts DE Jabaal Sheard vs. Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz — Schwartz is arguably the league's best right tackle, and he is really fundamentally sound. Sheard is a crafty veteran himself at defensive end. Although his pass-rushing stats aren't eye-popping, he often affects the edge in the run game and helps close the pocket in the passing game.

    Colts LB Darius Leonard vs. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce — One of Leonard's strengths is his ability to guard a variety of different people in the passing game, which includes wide receivers. Although the Colts play mostly zone coverage, Leonard will likely be tasked with keeping Kelce from racking up many yards after the catch. This week, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus discussed the effect of facing an elite tight end like Kelce: “Yeah, I think it’s a big issue when you start dealing with different skillsets. When teams have a good receiver and a good tight end and they can put them on opposite sides of the ball or on the same side – mostly opposite – that creates problems for the defense. It just does – the matchups. That’s why it’s great to have – we have a great tight end. We have several great tight ends. We are able to use our tight ends and man that makes it hard for defenses. We have two or three good receivers – that makes it hard. So when we face those guys it’s a difficult task.”

    Colts CB Kenny Moore II vs. Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill — Hill plays a great deal between the slot and outside, which means Moore II is likely to be the Colts corner that matches up with him most. Hill's most noticeable qualities are his speed and quickness, so the Colts' budding star corner may have his tallest task of the season.

    NOTES AND QUOTES

    This week, the Colts made the following moves: Elevated safety Rolan Milligan to the active roster from the practice squad. Placed safety Mike Mitchell (calf) on Injured Reserve. Signed defensive end Anthony Winbush to the practice squad.

    Reich on what makes the Chiefs' offense so challenging: “I just think that they do a great job of being very multiple and very diverse. They keep offenses guessing. I think Coach (Andy) Reid, that’s been is M.O. for a long time. He’s very good at being creative and using the weapons that he has. They do have great weapons and he knows how to use them and spread the ball around. Then having a quarterback like that who is a playmaker, he’s had a tremendous year.”

    Reich on former Colts head coach Tony Dungy visiting this week and speaking to the team: “He did. He just said a few words to us afterwards. It was great to have him out there. For me personally, obviously, him being the coach that gave me my first job. His words to the team were just proud of you guys, just have enjoyed watching you, have enjoyed watching you get better the whole year and just keep it going.”

    Eberflus on whether Mahomes is the priority to stop for Kansas City: “Yeah, I think it’s us oriented. I really do. I think when you play a squad like this that the focus goes more to you then it ever should. I know that might sound backwards, but it’s not to me and our staff. We have to focus on our fundamentals, on what we do and how we do it. That’s the most important thing when you play a team of this caliber.”

    Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni on the challenge of playing in a hostile environment like Arrowhead Stadium: “I think we just have to prep for the noise and prep for the hostile environment. It’s nice when you are on the home sideline that’s for sure because you don’t have to worry about that noise. Yeah, we definitely just have to prepare our snap counts to handle the noise, prepare our guys to go when the ball is snapped, prepare us for not having to hear that tomahawk chop song all game – we will try to quiet that down early. Just prepare for the noise and the communication that it requires. We always focus on our communication and always being on the same page. It’s obviously more challenging when it’s loud. So we’ll definitely rep that this week with, you can’t really simulate it because it’s so loud there but we’ll do the best that we can and really work our communication while we are doing it.”

    Leonard on if the Colts change their approach due to the quality of opponent the Chiefs are: “No, you just go in with the same mindset. Everything is gray matter on the opposite side of the ball. As long as we go in and just play our keys and hustle to the ball, I think we will be fine.”
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