We finally know the opponent, date and time for the Indianapolis Colts‘ first game of the 2014 playoffs. The Colts will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Indianapolis just beat the Chiefs 23-7 in Week 16, so these two teams are very familiar with each other.
The game though pits two teams going in opposite directions. Indianapolis enters the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league. They’ve won three straight games and have won four of their last five contests. The offense has finally gotten going again and the defense is playing lights-out.
The Colts’ defense have allowed a total of 20 points the last three weeks combined. They have 11 sacks (four against KC), five interceptions (two against KC) and three fumble recoveries (two against KC) in the three-game win streak. Combine that with an offense that’s given up three total sacks and had one turnover in that time frame, and you have a team that’s hot.
Kansas City, on the other hand, is sputtering. They enter the playoffs on a two-game losing streak and are losers in five of their last seven games. Their only two wins were against the three-win Washington Redskins and four-win Oakland Raiders. To make matters even worse, the Chiefs only beat one team with a winning record, and that came at home to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3.
That’s why it’s crucial for Indianapolis to jump out to an early lead again on Saturday afternoon and cruise to a victory. The Chiefs aren’t as good as most thought they were and really should have no business competing with the Colts on Saturday.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru