The Week 16 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs could very well be a preview to the first round of the postseason. The seeding in the AFC has not yet been set, but as of now the Colts and Chiefs are on track to play each other. Fortunately for football fans, both teams have a lot to play for so they won’t likely be resting starters or trying to conceal their hand. While it’s a long shot in both cases (especially Indy’s), both teams still have a chance for the No. 1 seed.
Kansas City’s hopes of jumping from a No. 5 to a No. 1 seed depend on the Denver Broncos losing to either the Houston Texans or Oakland Raiders, but the Colts can climb from the No. 4 seed to any seed above it depending on how Denver, the New England Patriots, and Cincinnati Bengals fare in their last two games.
It’s going to be a competitive matchup that will be very difficult to call. Both teams have played out their own type of Jekyll and Hide acts. The Chiefs had a hot defense turn cold right about the same time that their cold offense turned hot. On the other hand, you never know what you’re going to get from the Colts. They’ve beaten the best in the league and been blown out by the mediocre.
Though both teams are ranked in the same ballpark in total defense and total offense, Kansas City should still have the edge on Sunday. The Chiefs are third in the NFL in scoring because they don’t always need a lot of yardage to put points on the board. They lead the league in defensive touchdowns (7), special teams touchdowns (4), and point off of turnovers (133). Speaking of which, their league-best plus-21 turnover margin suggests they should also have the advantage in the turnover battle.
This game could go either way with these unpredictable teams. Both are capable of playing great football, but if recent trends hold up, Kansas City should get a decisive victory at home in a high-scoring affair.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, Colts 24