Colts are missing some key defenders for NBC-televised clash.
It’s been demonstrated that it is a genuine pain in the neck to corral the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense. Any team attempting that would need a special effort on the defensive end. That, in turn, might require “all hands on deck.” Do the Indianapolis Colts qualify along those lines? We are going to find out about that, as these teams collide on Sunday night. Game time is 8:20 PM ET at Arrowhead Stadium. It’s an NBC game, and BetAnySports customers can watch the game and place wagers while it is in progress using Live Betting Ultra.
How prolific are the Chiefs?
Let’s put it this way – if Patrick Mahomes continues on his current pace, he is going to shatter the all-time record for passing yards in one season. No one has ever exceeded 6000 yards, and that is where he is headed.
This is basically being done without arguably the most explosive pass receiver in the league. Tyreek Hill is still out with his collarbone. But Andy Reid’s concepts are so strong that he can plug and play to a certain extent. That means a little more of Sammy Watkins, a lot of Travis Kelce, and old vets pitching in too.
LeSean McCoy was considered expendable by Buffalo. And when they put him on the scrap heap, he was picked up by Reid, for whom he played in Philadelphia. Now he’s averaging over five yards per carry, so he’s providing balance. The Chiefs are #1 NFL at 47 offensive yards per drive. They are hardly ever held to a three-and-out either (just 4.9% of the time).
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds
In the Sunday night NFL odds on this game – infused with reduced juice by BetAnySports – the Chiefs are laying a considerable number of points:
|Colts||+11 (-111)||56 (-102)||+455|
|Chiefs||-11 (-109)||56 (-119)||-614|
Can the Colts move it on KC?
Undoubtedly the Colts are going to try to pound the ball with the very effective Marlon Mack. This could work, as the Chiefs are currently allowing 5.9 yards per carry. And if it DID work, that’s a nice setup for Jacoby Brissett. The N.C. State product (by way of Florida) has ten touchdown passes while being picked off only twice. And he’s matured greatly as a quarterback. Well, he’s had to, as Andrew Luck’s retirement put him in this position.
But Brissett doesn’t really attack down the field, as he is at 6.6 yards per attempt. TY Hilton has generally been considered the downfield threat for the Colts. And he’ll likely play despite a quad injury. But he’s averaged just 9.8 yards per catch. And this comes after averaging 15.9, 16.9 and 16.7 the last three seasons.
So the answer is that the Colts should be able to move the ball. But they’re going to have to really work their way down the grid to do it.
But is that the formula to trade points with the Chiefs?
We don’t really think so. It’s tough enough to deal with the Chiefs offense even when you are at full strength. Mahomes isn’t susceptible to sacks (only three thus far). He is a great improviser. He attacks every part of the field. And he gets just enough in the way of run support to keep defenses honest.
But when you look at the Colts, they seem hardly in any kind of position to slow him up. They are missing not one, but two safeties – Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker. You really want that happening against a guy averaging 9.7 yards per attempt? And linebacker Darius Leonard, who may have been the best rookie in the league last season, is out of action too. Will they also be missing rookie cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, the second-round draft pick out of Temple? We’ll find out more as game time approaches.
This isn’t going to work for the Colts. And the Chiefs are going to keep coming and coming. So we’re going to lay the points in this one.
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