NFL 2019 (Week 5): Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
By Pete Fasulo
Special to Pro Football Guru
In this Week 5 matchup, this game pits two teams that made the playoffs last season. While the expected Andrew Luck vs. Patrick Mahomes matchup that NBC thought they were getting when this game was originally scheduled will not happen, this is still going to be a very good game. Can Indy’s stout defense stop the offensive powerhouse that is the 2019 Chiefs?
Colts: With Jacoby Brissett taking over for the recently-retired Luck, it’s acceptable to believe the Colts would struggle on offense. Yet, Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich has plenty of weapons in the passing game and has done an admirable job of having Brissett ready for every game. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions thus far this season the Colts are averaging 23.5 points per game. Brissett has wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Tight end Eric Ebron should be able to have a solid day versus the Chiefs' defense. The key here will be keeping Brissett upright. The Colts offensive line, led by second-year left guard Quenton Nelson, should be able to keep the Kansas City front seven at bay. Running back Marlon Mack has rushed for 338 yards and two touchdowns so far this year, with a very strong 4.7 yards per carry average. On defense, the Colts are giving up 25.5 points per game. They will need to step up their game in order to slow down the Chiefs’ high-flying offense.
Chiefs: Andy Reid’s offense, led by QB Patrick Mahomes, is firing on all cylinders. Even without injured wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Kansas City is averaging 33.8 points per game this season. While Indy’s defense is good, expect KC to continue to rack up the yardage and points. Mahomes has thrown for 10 touchdowns this season compared to zero interceptions. Running back LeSean McCoy is averaging a remarkable 5.4 yards per carry behind a very strong offensive line. Wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson should be able to get open versus an average Colts’ secondary. They each have scored three touchdowns this year. Tight end Travis Kelce is averaging over 15 yards per catch. On defense, the Chiefs are very strong with 11 sacks already this year, led by Emmanuel Ogbah (2.4) and Chris Jones (2). Defensive End Frank Clark has been a solid addition as well. The Chiefs’ secondary, led by cornerback Kendall Fuller (team-high 29 tackles) should be able to limit Brissett’s success.
Prediction: With the Arrowhead Stadium crowd in full throat on a nationally-televised Sunday Night telecast, expect the Chiefs to put on a show. Mahomes should have no trouble moving his troops down the field at a good pace. While the Colts have some good defensive players in Darius Leonard (out again this week), former Chiefs’ standout Justin Houston and more, stopping the Kansas City juggernaut is going to be very tough. Expect a high-scoring affair with the home team remaining undefeated.
Kansas City Chiefs 34, Indianapolis Colts 20
Pete Fasulo (@LISportsFans) is a freelance writer covering business, music, and sports. He has written for music publications such as Revolver and Aural Fix. His sports writing career has been resurrected here after numerous years at The Torch and The Long Island Tribune (many moons ago).