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2014 NFL Playoffs: 10 Bold Predictions for Colts vs. Chiefs

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2014 NFL Playoffs: 10 Bold Predictions for Colts vs. Chiefs

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I’m going to make one not-so-bold prediction right off the bat here — not all 10 of these predictions will come true. You can make educated guesses about an NFL game, but accurately predicting a matchup’s entire path is pretty tough to do. It is especially tough when the predictions are bold, but what other type is worth stating?

The fact that the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts met in Week 16 won’t make this game any easier to forecast. In their last meeting, the Chiefs played completely out of character losing the turnover battle four to zero and scoring just seven points. Kansas City came into the game with the fewest giveaways in the league and proceeded to fumble six times, losing three of them, and added an interception for good measure.

The Chiefs scored 101 points in the two weeks leading up to their pathetic seven-point performance against Indy which speaks to the fact that you never know when a team is going put out a dud. The Colts know all about that as evidenced by their 38-8 blowout loss at home against the St. Louis Rams back in Week 10.

A rematch between Indianapolis and St. Louis would likely yield a wildly different result as will this weekend’s Wild Card matchup between the Chiefs and Colts. Kansas City is now completely healthy and well-rested after sitting their starters last Sunday, and the odds of them shelling out another sad performance are very slim.

This Saturday’s game is going to be a very competitive matchup between two somewhat equally matched teams. Here are 10 bold predictions for this weekend’s Wild Card game between the Colts and Chiefs.

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10. Robert Mathis Will Have Multiple Sacks

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Though the Kansas City offensive line will be at full strength again, Mathis has been a monster this season. More than one sack from the NFL's sack leader is probably the least bold of all these predictions.

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9. Kansas City Will Not Turn the Ball Over

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The dominating factor from the Week 16 matchup was Kansas City's uncharacteristic four turnovers. The Chiefs still have the second fewest giveaways in the league, and you can count on Andy Reid to make protecting the ball a top priority for this weekend.

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8. Andrew Luck Will Throw for Over 300 Yards

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Luck has thrown for over 300 yards just three times this season, but the Kansas City pass defense has shown some weakness of late. Luck threw for 241 yards against the Chiefs in Week 16, but the Colts had no reason to throw the ball deep in a game that they had under control by the beginning of the second half.

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7. The Chiefs Will Sack Luck At Least Four Times

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Justin Houston may have challenged Mathis for the sack title this season, but unfortunately he has missed the last six games due to an elbow injury. Not only will Houston be back, but the Kansas City defense will be refreshed after their pseudo bye week against the San Diego Chargers.

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6. The Officials Will Call a Good Game

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After the strike last season, it seems like the officials are behaving like an unmotivated player who just got his big contract. They've been terrible this season and were abysmal in KC and Indy's matchup two weeks ago. The awful officiating has been making headlines lately, so hopefully that will bring some motivation to the table.

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5. The Chiefs Will Score a Special Teams TD

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Kansas City leads the NFL with four special teams touchdowns this season, including two by 2014 Pro Bowl selection Dexter McCluster. The Chiefs are tops in the league in kick return average and are sixth in punt returns.

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4. Alex Smith Will Throw For Under 200 Yards But Run For Over 70 Yards

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The Chiefs are definitely going to make a strong commitment to the running game after these two teams' last meeting which saw Jamaal Charles get just 13 carries. On top of that, outside of Charles the Kansas City pass-catchers have been a major disappointment this season.

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3. Jamaal Charles Will Compile Over 200 Yards From Scrimmage

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Expect Charles to get the ball early and often on Saturday. Not only will he be fresh after a week off, but Reid may hesitate to give the ball to backup Knile Davis after fumbling twice in their last meeting.

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2. The Colts RBs Combined Won't Gain Half as Many Total Yards as Charles

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Kansas City had Indy's run game pretty well in check last time outside of a 51-yard run that saw some pathetic attempts at tackling by Chiefs defenders. Kansas City was very vocal about the embarrassment they felt from their effort last time out, and they are itching for a chance to prove themselves again.

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1. The Chiefs Will Win

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After the Colts won comfortably in Arrowhead Stadium, most people believe Indy will come away with a win, but there are several good reasons to believe in Kansas City this time around.