The Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a remake of final season’s AFC Divisional Playoff. Back in January, the Chiefs received 31-13 over the Colts, en path to a shootout towards the New England Patriots within the AFC Championship Game.
Loads has modified for Indianapolis within the intervening 10 months, most notably as a result of Andrew Luck introduced his retirement shortly earlier than the beginning of the season.
Without their star quarterback, the Colts have began the season with a decent 2-2 document, which is shared by the opposite three AFC South groups.
The Chiefs, in the meantime, have picked up the place they left off final season. Kansas City is 4-0—the one workforce nonetheless unbeaten within the NFL together with the Patriots—and has regarded each bit the Super Bowl contender everybody anticipated it to be.
Patrick Mahomes leads the league in passing yards with 1,510 by 4 video games at a mean of 9.7 yards per play.
The reigning MVP averages 377.5 yards per recreation, over 40 greater than the following closest quarterback—Atlanta Falcons’ sign caller Matt Ryan.
Last week, Mahomes went 24-of-42 for 315 yards because the Chiefs beat the Lions in Detroit 34-30.
After throwing a minimum of two landing passes in 14 consecutive video games, the third-year quarterback failed to increase his streak to 15.
“They [Indianapolis] found a way to take away some of the stuff that we like to do,” Mahomes, who rushed for 52 yards, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. “They hadn’t lost a game for a reason.”
Should he cross for a minimum of 300 yards on Sunday, Mahomes would grow to be solely the fourth participant in historical past after Kurt Warner, Steve Young and Peyton Manning to throw for a minimum of 300 yards in every of the primary 5 video games of the season—Ryan might additionally break the document.
Considering the Colts rank 16th in whole protection and have allowed 363 yards per recreation this season to date, the Chiefs quarterback might properly be part of the illustrious record.
Despite not throwing for a landing towards the Lions, Mahomes nonetheless leads the league in landing passes this season with 10, together with Lamar Jackson and Jacoby Brissett, who will lead the Colts on Sunday.
The 26-year-old accomplished 24 of his 46 passes on Sunday, throwing for 265 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Despite his effort, the Colts fell 31-24 to Oakland at dwelling, shedding in Indianapolis towards the Raiders for the primary time in 18 years.
With extensive receivers T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess out injured, the Colts struggled to get going and had been punished for a scarcity of composure offensively.
“We couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start than we did today,” Colts coach Frank Reich mentioned in his post-game press convention. “We were three-and-out and they were scoring touchdowns.”
Here’s all it’s good to know forward of Sunday.
When and the place is the sport?
The Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, October 6.
Kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.
The recreation might be broadcast nationally by NBC.
A stay stream might be accessible by way of NBC’s digital platform and the NBC Sports app, in addition to by way of NFL Network on-line, on related units and fuboTV.
The Chiefs are the one workforce together with the New England Patriots to be 4-Zero after successful 34-30 on the street towards the Detroit Lions final week. Indianapolis, in the meantime, dropped to 2-2 after shedding 34-27 in Oakland towards the Raiders.
Chiefs sort out Eric Fisher and linebacker Dorian O’Daniel didn’t observe on Wednesday, whereas extensive receiver Tyreek Hill and operating again LeSean McCoy took half in restricted observe and stay doubtful for Sunday.
The Colts could possibly be with out extensive receivers Parris Campbell and T.Y. Hilton, who didn’t observe on Wednesday as they recuperate from an belly and quadricep damage respectively.
Long-term absentees Devi Funchess and Malik Hooker are additionally out, as are Daurice Fountain and Javon Patterson.
Indianapolis leads the all-time sequence 12-9 and has received two of the final three common season conferences towards the Chiefs, shedding the latest assembly 30-14 in October 2016.
Kansas City beat Indianapolis 31-13 within the divisional spherical of the playoffs final season, on its method to the AFC Championship Game.
According to Oddschecker, the Chiefs are 10.5-point favourite and are 91/100 to win and canopy the unfold, whereas the Colts are 21/5 underdogs.
The over/underneath bar when it comes to whole factors scored is about at 43.