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Jake White @jakewhite5832
Immediately following the win against the Los Angeles Chargers you heard Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes start looking towards the next opponent, the Indianapolis Colts. Having the extra time to prepare and also watch the Colts play their week 2 opponent, the Chiefs look to have the advantage. Also watching the Colts be dismantled by the Jacksonville Jaguars and look lost against the Hoston Texans, I believe it is safe to say the Chiefs will enter this game as the favorite.
In the offseason, most Chiefs experts and fans might have looked at the Colts as a definite threat. Their strengths were our weaknesses. They had a tremendous running game, athletic defense, and a decent quarterback that doesn’t turn the ball over a lot. Well after two games this season, last year’s rushing champion Jonathan Taylor showed flashes in week one but was almost dormant in week two, and the defense has allowed two subpar offenses to run rough-shod over them, and Matt Ryan looks like he did in Atlanta, but without the weapons.
But this game has all the marks of a trap game for the Chiefs. Next week is the circled game of the season between the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills. With that game lurking and the Colts struggling, it could be easy for the Chiefs to overlook the Colts. The Colts are not an untalented team, they just look to be underperforming. If they put together a game plan and Patrick Mahomes and company are looking to next week it could spell disaster in Indianapolis.
Quarterback – Matt Ryan, Matty “Ice”, even during his MVP season, he dreamed of playing like Patrick Mahomes. Ryan is a ghost of his former self, and the thought that a new uniform would help him recapture what he once was is all evaporated. Patrick Mahomes was dynamic and creative against the Arizona Cardinals, struggled but ultimately came out victorious against the Chargers. Even in his struggles, they were Patrick Mahomes’ struggles. ONLY 2 touchdowns, ONLY 235 yards, and a basic rating of 104. So when we say Patrick Mahomes struggled, it’s not the same thing.
Running Back – This one should be an easy one for the Colts as Jonathan Taylor was last season’s rushing champion, and is the premier player on the Colts. But if his production carries over from last week, this game might be a struggle. That doesn’t mention the upgraded rush defense the Chiefs are bringing this season. The Chiefs backfield led by Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been a pleasant surprise this season. Between CEH and Jerrick McKinnon and a splash of Isiah Pacheco, the Chiefs have had a very balanced game plan early on this season. While they haven’t had a statement game as of yet, you can feel one coming.
Wide Reciever – The Colts still have Michael Pittman Jr. and have used Ashton Dulin these last two games but to account for the vast majority of receiving. The Colts receivers have struggled early on, and that might not be on them, but the lack of good quarterback play. The Chiefs on the other hand, after week one, looked to have too many weapons, and last week looked to play it safe more often than not. We haven’t seen Marquez Valdes-Scantling been targeted a few times but hasn’t the big play yet, and Juju had a phenomenal game one and most of the team was absent against the talented targets. The issue for the Colts is that as the season goes on the more comfortable Patrick Mahomes will be with his weapons. And there are just too many of them.
Offensive Line vs Defensive Line – In the trenches the Colts have one of the more dominant big men in the league in Quenten Nelson, the problem is he’s only one player and the Chief’s defensive front has created so much pressure early on. The other issue is Matt Ryan will be the least mobile Quarterback the Chiefs have faced in the early season. That doesn’t help the Colts in protection. On the flip side, the Chiefs offensive line held their own against the Charger’s vaunted defensive line, and the Colt front seven are no slouches. The Chiefs’ offensive line has been great so far and given Patrick plenty of time and protection allowing him to step up in the pocket to make more Mahomes magic.
As stated before this game has all the makings of a trap game for the Chiefs. They should dominate in all areas, beautiful they are looking ahead to next week it could trip them up. But Mahomes, Kelce, and coach Reid will keep the bus on course. I have zero concerns the Chiefs will take care of business this week.