The Indianapolis Colts head to Arrowhead Stadium Sunday to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a key game for both teams. The Colts will try to finally win outside of the division since their bye week, and the Chiefs will try to get ahead of the Denver Broncos in the race for the AFC West.
We all know about the game Jamaal Charles had last Sunday and how the Colts have had trouble all year in stopping the run. Yet the matchup starts up front in the trenches.
While many will look at the star players for each team to be the key to winning this matchup there are two huge keys that you should not overlook.
The Chiefs have two studs at each end of the line in Brandon Albert and first overall pick Eric Fisher. Fisher has started to come in his own the past few weeks, and Albert has been a longtime dominant tackle in the NFL.
Matchup 1– Albert vs. Robert Mathis – The league’s sack leader will go up against one of the best tackles in today’s game here. Albert has only allowed 4.5 sacks this year and will have his hands full this weekend against Mathis. While they will not line up against each other each snap, the two will see their fair share of each other throughout the game. The winner of this matchup will have their team in place to win the game.
Matchup 2– Fisher vs. Erik Walden – Both have struggled mightily this year. While Fisher has shown that he can become an elite tackle in this league, he has struggled against quicker competition. Walden might be able to use his speed against Fisher, who at times cannot kick back fast enough to stop a speed rusher. Walden only has three sacks on the year, but he might have success against Fisher who has allowed 7.5 on the year. If Walden can use his speed then the Chiefs might struggle to win the game.
Games are won in the trenches between the big men even if many people ignore it. Look for these two match ups to decide the game come Sunday.