Chiefs vs. Colts Week 5 Betting Odds
The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will look to continue their winning ways against the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts in this week's edition of Sunday Night football. The Chiefs are coming off a close call last week in Detroit against the Lions but were able to pull out a 34-30 win with 23 seconds remaining. The Colts are coming off a disappointing loss to the Oakland Raiders. The defense allowed the Colts to score touchdowns on 3 of their first 4 drives and a late interception return for a touchdown sealed the deal in the loss.
Prior to the season this matchup on Prime time looked a little different with the quarterback matchup of Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck. Unfortunately for Luck, injuries forced him into an early retirement. Fortunately for the Colts they have a backup in Jacoby Brissett who has plenty of experience. He has been fantastic this season and he will need to be if the Colts want any chance of knocking off the undefeated Chiefs. Mahomes went 24/42 last week and did not throw for a touchdown. However, he still compiled 315 passing yards and ran for a crucial first down on 4th down on the deciding drive that led to the victory. Prior to that he had passed for 2 or more touchdowns in 14 straight games which was one short of Peyton Manning's NFL record. The Lions defense did provide a blueprint as to how to stops the Chiefs big plays. Time will tell if the Colts coaches are able to implement some of the same strategies into their own game plan for this week. Watch out for running back Lesean McCoy who is getting more touches every week and appears more comfortable with every touch. He has some gas left in the tank and will only get better with time.
Brissett finished last week 24/46 for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was at his best in the 4th quarter throwing 2 touchdowns but it was not enough for victory. He has been hurt by a lack of running game as running backs accounted for 18 carries and only 62 yards. The team will need to find some type of balance on offense in order to pull out victories. They were also forced to play without star wide receiver T.Y Hilton and off-season acquisition Devin Funchess. Their health will make a strong offense even that much better
These two teams met in the divisional round of the playoffs last season and the Chiefs rolled to a 31-13 home playoff win. Mahomes was dominant throwing for over 300 yards. The test will be to see if the Colts defense can look at what they did wrong last season and combine that with what the Lions did right last week and combine it to form a productive defensive game plan. The Colts have major issues at safety where starter Malik Hooker and backup Clayton Geathers are both out with injuries. Khari Willis will likely get the start and may end up being targeted by Mahomes when he is matched up with a receiver