The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing the Wild Card game against AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts this Saturday, and they will have all the talents and drive of leading wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Both teams had 11-5 records in the regular season, but Indianapolis has the historical advantage over the Chiefs having defeated Kansas City the last three times the two teams were matched up for the Wild Card game.
Bowe has helped the Kansas City offense this season with an impressive 57 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns. He sat out the Chiefs’ season finale match-up against the AFC West rival San Diego Chargers this past Sunday due to a concussion. Virtually the entire starting Kansas City lineup was benched for that game to give them an opportunity to rest up for the postseason, so chances are that Bowe may not have sat out anyway.
Bowe practiced this week and reports say he is feeling fine without dizziness or nausea, though he did mention “minor headaches” and fatigue he had experienced.
After losing 23-7 to the Colts in Week 16, the Chiefs have an opportunity to get their revenge in this opening round of the playoffs. They will have a difficult go in the postseason without as many of their leading players as possible.
Outside Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali, who has been having issues with a sore knee, may practice this week and may be up to play against the Colts this weekend.
Hali’s possible absence in particular would be unfortunate for the defense as linebacker Justin Houston will be returning to play against Indy. Houston and Hali made a formidable pair in terms of sacks and forced turnovers earlier in the season, and it would be a welcome advantage for the Chiefs to have them both to help against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert will also be back on the field after a knee injury in Kansas City’s second regular season game with the Denver Broncos. Offensive tackle Eric Fisher, however, will not be able to practice and will not play against Indianapolis due to a groin injury.
The Chiefs have been relatively fortunate this season in terms of getting through week to week with minimal injuries to key players. Now, going into the postseason, injuries and absences will be more significant for a Kansas City team that started out the season with a solid 9-0 record. They keep showing their passion and verve every time they come back for more, however, and have definitely shown overall improvement over time.
Kickoff in Indianapolis this Saturday will be at 3:35 p.m. CST, and it is looking to be an impressive matchup.