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The NFL's lone remaining undefeated team, the Kansas City Chiefs are riding high coming off their Week 4 bye. Possessing one of the league's best rushing attacks, and perhaps its most improved defenses, the Chiefs have shocked the sports world with their hot start.
In Week 5 at Indianapolis, Peyton Manning and the Colts will try to stop KC's momentum and prevent them from gaining a leg up in the playoff race. Despite Indy's 2-2 record, they are heavy favorites at home against the Chiefs this week. However, given these teams' matchups, KC has a realistic opportunity to pull off the upset on Sunday.
The Chiefs boast the No. 3 rushing offense in the NFL, led by the one-two punch of electric RB Jamaal Charles and bruising RB Thomas Jones. In the season's first three weeks, KC has averaged 160.7 yards on the ground, good for third-best in the league. Additionally, Charles and Jones are the only set of teammates who rank in the NFL's top 12 in individual rush yards per game.
The Colts, to KC's great advantage, are on the worst teams in the league at stopping the run, ranking 29th overall in that department. Clearly, this is a mismatch in terms of the run game. With ball control and sustained possessions heavily featuring Charles and Jones against Indy's weak run defense, Manning will be kept off the field, an aspect vital to KC getting the victory.
Defensively, there is only so much KC will be able to do when Manning and his offensive mates are on the field. However, they showed a newfound ability to rush the passer in their Week 3 domination of San Francisco, when OLB Tamba Hali accounted for three sacks. In CB Brandon Flowers, the Chiefs also possess one of the league's premiere ball-hawks. If they want to defeat the Colts, pressuring Manning and creating turnovers are absolutely necessary. Furthermore, KC has an ace in the hole with their explosive return ability on special teams, which is capable of multiple explosive plays in a single game.
If the Chiefs offense is able to run wild over the Colts and keep Manning on the sidelines, their defense and special teams may be able to do just enough to pull off the upset and leave them the NFL's lone undefeated team.