Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Chiefs roll past Colts, book spot in AFC championship

Luck-Goff-011019-GETTY-FTR Andrew Luck, Jared Goff
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2019, 14:56

The Chiefs don't have a great defense, so it's entirely possible this could turn into a shoot-out.

The Indianapolis offense isn't a juggernaut like the Kansas City one is, but Andrew Luck and company showed against the Houston Texans a week ago that they're no joke. The Chiefs have allowed the most first downs give up in National Football League history which will allow Luck to keep moving the ball.

There was a lot of excitement here, the fans were awesome, the defense played wonderful and the offense, we did enough to get the win in the end, " Mahomes said.

The largest point spread is on the Saints, the team that is favored to win Super Bowl 53. The Saints shouldn't have a great answer for that connection while the Eagles will have similar issues with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas. The Colts should keep this one close and tight thanks to the weather that could force both teams to rely more on the run. That may mean playing at a level slightly higher than he's used to. They had no defensive penalties against the Raiders.

In saying that, the Chargers have the better roster.

In the Rams' 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys at the Coliseum in Los Angeles on Sunday (NZ time), C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 115 more and another TD to earn the Rams their first playoff victory in 14 years. Wade Phillips didn't respect Dak Prescott's ability to strike downfield and stacked the box. I'm going with the Rams, 31-24 over Dallas. As for KC, the Chiefs are well-rested coming off their bye.

Chiefs: Await the Chargers-Patriots victor in the AFC title game.

The Rams started the season 9-1 but since wide receiver Cooper Kupp tore his ACL against the Seahawks, they have gone 4-2.

Saints coach Sean Payton brought $225,000 in cash into the lock room this week and asked his players if they wanted it.

Sean McVay's Rams offense will have to be at its best against a fearsome Dallas defense that held the New Orleans Saints to 10 points in a Week 13 victory, but on the other side the Cowboys will have little hope of putting up points themselves if they can not stop Los Angeles' star defensive tackle Aaron Donald from disrupting their passing attack.

But they finished strong this time. If that happens, all bets are off. However, the reality is that for all the success the Rams have had over the last two years, they were bounced from the playoffs early last year. However, this unit allowed the second-most passing yards throughout the regular season (4,612) and watched Mitchell Trubisky throw for 303 yards last weekend.

The Patriots nearly never lose at home in the playoffs.

This season Donald became just the fifth player since at least 1993 to record 20-plus sacks, force four-plus fumbles and recover at least two fumbles. For Brady, it would be the sixth of his career while Philip Rivers would get his first shot to play in the Super Bowl if his team should make it there.

Much of the focus will be on how a vastly improved Colts defense stops Patrick Mahomes at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs have only lost once this season, but Kansas City will have a similarly tough task slowing down Indianapolis' attack.