10 Bold Predictions for Colts vs. Chiefs AFC Wild Card
10 Bold Predictions for Colts vs. Chiefs
The Indianapolis Colts (11-5) will host the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) for the AFC Wild Card playoff round. It should prove to be a great contest with several interesting matchups all over the field, which is a big reason why I believe it will be the closest contest of the four playoff games in the opening weekend.
Indianapolis and Kansas City are very evenly matched. They both have issues on offense at times, while they also struggle mightily defending the pass and run. It is interesting because the Colts are better at passing than they are at running the ball, while the Chiefs are better at defending the run than the pass. On the other hand, Kansas City has a far better rushing attack than through the air, and Indianapolis is far better at defending the pass than the run.
Obviously, something is going to have to give at some point during the contest, which is why it will be such an entertaining matchup. No one really knows how it will unfold as there really is no clear-cut favorite to advance to the divisional playoff round. It will come down to a couple of important possessions with key players stepping up at the right time.
Make sure to click through the slideshow to see the 10 bold predictions for the Colts vs. Chiefs AFC Wild Card playoff game. Also, make sure to comment below on which team you think will win the contest and why. Along with that, mention any bold predictions that you came up with.
Andrew Luck Will Impress
Andrew Luck failed to impress in the postseason last year. He passed for 288 yards with one interception and a 59.8 passer rating. On top of that, the Colts were only able to muster three field goals. I believe the second time around will be different. Luck will light up Kansas City’s pass defense and give Indianapolis a legitimate shot at winning the game.
Alex Smith Will Not
While Luck will impress, Alex Smith will not. Smith has been an efficient quarterback in 2013, which is certainly a good thing. However, teams need their quarterback to take over games in the playoffs. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Smith has what it takes to do that. He only averages 206.9 passing yards per game and tossed 23 touchdowns on the season.
T.Y. Hilton Will Have 150 Receiving Yards
With Luck stepping his game up, expect wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to do the same. The second-year player will have a repeat performance from Week 17 in which he hauled in 11 receptions for 155 yards. Kansas City’s pass defense ranks 25th in the league, which means I fully expect Hilton to go over 150 yards.
Chiefs Will Completely Shut Down Donald Brown
Indianapolis doesn’t have much of a run game to begin with as Trent Richardson proved to be a dud. With that being said, Donald Brown has performed well in 2013 with his 5.3 yards per carry. The Chiefs have not been good against the run this season as they allow an average of 120.2 yards per game. However, something will have to give, and I believe that will be Brown getting shut down.
Luck Will Throw 3 Touchdown Passes to Hilton
As I already stated, Luck wants to make up for last year’s disappointing playoff loss. For that reason, I expect him to have a game to remember. Watch Hilton have a phenomenal performance as well as he will haul in three touchdown receptions from Luck.
Jamaal Charles Will Rush for 150 Yards
Jamaal Charles has been fantastic all season. There’s no question if the Chiefs go the distance it will mostly be because of his great efforts. Charles rushed for 1,287 yards and he had 12 rushing touchdowns this season. On top of that, he’s a huge factor in the receiving game. The Colts know they must stop him, but it won’t matter, as he will run for over 150 yards in the contest.
Robert Mathis Will Have 3 Sacks
Robert Mathis leads the league with 19.5 sacks. He also has 59 total tackles and a whopping eight forced fumbles. Mathis will have a huge game that will consist of him recording a minimum of three sacks on Smith.
Dexter McCluster Will be a Difference Maker
Dexter McCluster could have a big role in the receiving game, but that’s not what I’m talking about. McCluster will be a difference maker in the return game. He averages 11.8 yards per punt return and leads the league with two punts returned for a touchdown.
Chiefs Will Win Turnover Battle
Kansas City has been incredible when it comes to taking the ball away this season. In fact, they rank first in the league with 15 fumble recoveries and third with 21 interceptions. If the Chiefs are victorious, it will be because they win the turnover battle, but unfortunately…
Colts Will Defeat Chiefs
The Colts will defeat the Chiefs. It’s not the biggest bold prediction on the list because several so-called experts predicted the same thing. However, Kansas City is not a team to be trifled with. They have numerous big-time playmakers on both sides of the ball, which is why they will put up a fight like no other. However, Indianapolis will make the necessary plays down the stretch to win the game.