Kansas City Chiefs: Chiefs Have No Chance against the Colts...None
That's right, not a chance, nada, zip, zero, zilch. Remember what Peyton Manning and company did to the Giants on Sunday night a couple of weeks ago? That game will seem competitive compared to this.
This will be the Alamo of football games. The St. Valentines Day Massacre of pigskin. This will be a one-round heavyweight versus lightweight bout.
Seriously, the headline made you look didn't it?
The Chiefs will go toe to toe with the Colts all afternoon. I have, sadly but honestly predicted that the Colts will win this game. I think the Chiefs will cover the spread, unless it continues to come down.
Peyton Manning is the best quarterback of this generation, and one of the best of all time. The Colts may be 2-2, but that doesn't change that fact. He's as good now as he's ever been.
The Colts as a team, however are not as good as they've ever been. On top of that, they're banged up.
There are no secrets coming into this game. The Chiefs will try to keep Peyton and Co. on the sidelines by running the ball, which the Colts have done a poor job of preventing.
Conversely, Peyton Manning will do what he normally does and look to embarrass another defense, and a young secondary at that.
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That's why, as I've said before, the game will come down to Matt Cassel. There will be some prime opportunities for Cassel to have open shots in this game and he and Weiss have to seize the moment. The Colts secondary also has vulnerabilities that the Chiefs need to exploit.
I think you'll see the carries of Thomas Jones and Jamal Charles reverse in this game too.
People are going to be very surprised that the KC Chiefs end up in a shootout with the Colts, but that's what it's going to be.
The Colts have the superior quarterback, by a lot. That's not really so much of a knock on Cassel as it is praise for Manning. That fact would be true for every team except maybe the Patriots.
Looking past that, the Chiefs have the superior defensive line, by as wide a margin as the quarterbacks. They're giving up twice the running yards the Chiefs are; getting gashed for 260 in one game won't help that stat.
Both teams have sacked the opposing quarterbacks seven times. The Colts have Dwight Freeney and Mathis which should help that stat. In fact, there are your seven. The Chiefs have Tamba Hali, who has half a sack more than Freeney. Four players make up the rest. I guess the Chiefs know who to block.
I don't think stats mean much at this point in the season. In fact I think they're suspect all the time. That aside, the Chiefs are giving up half the points the Colts are.
Normally, when "My" team is playing a big game I feel confident the week before and start becoming less so as the week progresses.
In this case, I feel the opposite.
I think the Chiefs have a chance, maybe even a pretty good one. I don't think they're going to get run out of the building.
It's Friday, I think the game ends in a tie.
By tomorrow (Saturday) I think the Chiefs win.
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