Chiefs vs. Colts: 6 Keys To Victory for Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Indianapolis Colts in an interesting Week 5 matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend.
KC is coming in with a 1-3 record after a 22-17 triumph over the winless Minnesota Vikings last week.
Meanwhile, the Colts are still winless after a tough 24-17 loss to the Bucs on Monday night football.
Even though the Colts haven't won a game, it's always tough to win on the road in the NFL.
Here are the keys to victory for the Chiefs against Indy on Sunday.
Limit Colts' Offensive Playmakers
Many around the league are familiar with Colts' All-Pro wideout Reggie Wayne, but they have another receiver who has been grabbing the headlines as of late.
His name is Pierre Garcon.
The former Division III star had 146 yards and two TDs on just a couple receptions in Week 4 against Tampa Bay.
KC cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers need to limit big-play guys like Wayne and Garcon for this defense to do well on Sunday.
Get Constant Pressure on QB Curtis Painter
Instead of the usual Peyton Manning starting for the Colts on Sunday, for the first time in 13 years, the Chiefs will face a different signal caller.
Colts fill-in starting QB Curtis Painter has already shown the tendency to struggle once he gets pressure on him.
The Chiefs can do just this on Sunday with Pro-Bowler Tamba Hali and the rest of their defensive pass rush.
If they can get to Painter, he will obviously have a hard time getting the ball to his more-talented weapons on offense.
Control Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis
One of the biggest reasons why KC has struggled in recent games against the Indianapolis Colts is because of two very good defensive linemen.
Of course, I am talking about Pro-Bowlers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
Both have been staples on the Colts' D-line for quite some time, and both are relentless in providing pressure on the opposing QB week in and week out.
The Chiefs' offensive line will have to find a way to slow these two down on Sunday.
Cassel Needs to Play Mistake-Free
Chiefs' starting QB Matt Cassel has made his share of mistakes through the first four games of this season.
The former Patriot has already thrown five interceptions and lost a fumble after throwing just seven interceptions for the entire '10 season.
With the way this season has started for Kansas City, they can ill-afford to have Cassel lay another egg in Indy this weekend.
If he can move his offense down the field and not cough up the ball on Sunday, his team will have a great chance to come out of Indianapolis with a huge road win.
Get the Ball to Dwayne Bowe
With RB Jamaal Charles out for the season, it's becoming more clear that the KC offense runs through Pro-Bowl receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe is off to the best start in his five-year NFL career, having caught 16 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns in just four games.
When he gets the ball in his hands downfield, he is nearly impossible to tackle, as witnessed by the Vikings last weekend.
After all, one of Bowe's worst games last season came against the Colts, so now is the time to show them that he is one of the better receivers in the league.
Todd Haley Needs to Control His Emotions on the Sideline
Everyone knows about Todd Haley's sideline scuffle with Matt Cassel in Week 4 against the Vikings.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, Cassel and the offense ended up playing much better after the quarterback's first half exchange with the head coach.
However, this cannot continue each time the team is struggling in the future.
If the Chiefs get behind against the Colts on Sunday, there's no telling what will happen if Haley erupts again on the sidelines.