TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 22, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Weather: High 24, Low 7
Line: Kansas City (-7)
It has been one of those seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs that makes them hope the year never ends. With quite the turnaround from a season ago, Kansas City is looking to turn its 11-3 record into a Super Bowl soon enough. Alex Smith has made all the difference at quarterback, passing for 3,160 yards and 23 touchdowns as well as 384 yards and a score. Jamaal Charles is the main offensive weapon and he has been the main reason that the Chiefs have been so successful in 2013. Charles has rushed for 1,181 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 65 passes for 655 yards and seven touchdowns — he leads the team in both rushing and receiving.
On the other side of the field, the Indianapolis Colts have been an extremely hard team to measure this season. What do I mean by this? Well, the Colts either beat one of the best teams in the league or lose to one of the worst teams in the league by a wide margin. Andrew Luck has been one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, however, passing for 3,299 yards and 21 touchdowns, hitting T.Y. Hilton 66 times for 876 yards and five touchdowns. Even though the team picked up solid running back Trent Richardson to improve the run game, he has struggled to pick up steam, rushing for just 390 yards and two scores while Donald Brown leads the 21st-ranked run game with 427 yards and four scores.
Defensively, the Chiefs started the year as one of the most impressive units out there, however, they have fallen off a bit. Kansas City ranks fourth in points allowed per game, but has struggled to slow teams down, ranking 22nd in total yards allowed. Indianapolis has been steadily average this season, ranking 12th in points allowed, 29th in total yards allowed and 14th in passing yards allowed while struggling against the run — ranking 27th.
PREDICTION: Colts 27, Chiefs 23
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