The Indianapolis Colts will host the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Jan 4th, for wildcard weekend where the winner moves on to the AFC Divisional round against the Patriots or Broncos. The Chiefs are the biggest surprise in the NFL, going from a league-worst 2-14 to 11-5 in one incredible offseason. The Colts were last season’s Cinderella; their unconventional free-agent spending spree paid off with a second straight double-digit-win season and an AFC South crown. Here are the Kansas City Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts 2014 NFL Playoff Point Spreads. NFL oddsmakers have the hometown Colts as -2.5 point favorites over the Chiefs with the total set at 46.5 points. Indianapolis recently won 23-7 in Kansas City last week. Be sure to get your Wildcard Weekend Chiefs vs Colts picks in ahead of kick-off.
The Chiefs (11-5, 6-2 V) lost in San Diego 24-27 (OT), but were already secured into a fifth seed in the playoffs, win or lose. Backup QB Chase Daniel completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards with a touchdown pass to WR Dexter McCluster, while RB Knile Davis ran in two touchdowns. Kicker Ryan Succop was wide right on a potential game-winning, 41-yard field goal try with 4 seconds left in regulation.
“I look at the positive of it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of resting most of his starters. “We got a lot of guys in to get practice with the game plan if we do meet up with San Diego again. And the guys came out and played. You get to see, from a depth perspective, that you’ve got some guys who can play and want to compete.”
New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid worked like crazy to remake the team in his image, and it paid off. The offense, quarterbacked by perpetual reclamation project Alex Smith—but led by workhorse back Jamaal Charles—was the sixth-best scoring unit in the NFL prior to their Week 17 loss against the Chargers.
The Chiefs defense, already stocked with pass-rushing talent, blossomed into the fourth-best scoring defense in the NFL (going into Week 17). The front seven, backstopped by stalwart middle linebacker Derrick Johnson, is intimidating.
The Colts (11-5, 6-2 H) routed Jacksonville 30-10, at home, to end the regular season on a high. QB Andrew Luck was 26 of 37 for 282 yards passing and became the first player in league history to top 8,000 yards in his first two NFL seasons. Robert Mathis retook the sacks lead in the first half and added another in the second half, giving him 19½, and Adam Vinatieri moved into fifth on the career scoring list with 2,006 points. It was never close. Indy built a 17-0 lead and never let the Jags get close.
It’s hard to get a read on the Colts. They destroyed the San Francisco 49ers on the road, but were whooped at home by the St. Louis Rams. At times, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has overemphasized an underwhelming power-run game and, at times, completely abandoned the run. QB Andrew Luck is the glue that keeps the Colts together; if he’s on, he can conjure a win from almost any situation.
Recent Trends to Consider and NFL Points Spreads:
Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Indianapolis.
Chiefs are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Chiefs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Colts are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts
When: Saturday Jan 4@4:35 PM ET
Pick: Colts -2.5
The Bottom Line: I like the consistent ground n pound of Jamaal Charles against the Colts’ front much more than the Chiefs’ disorganized unit; I like steady Alex Smith coached by wily Andy Reid better than young Andrew Luck and Pep Hamilton. We recommend you signup with Carbonsports to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into Wildcard Weekend Chiefs vs Colts tilt.