The Chiefs will look to improve to 3-0 for the fourth time in five seasons when they travel to Indianapolis to face the 0-1-1 and disappointing Colts. The teams last met in 2019, when the Colts pulled off a stunning upset of Kansas City on Thursday Night Football.
The Chiefs will be without starting cornerback Willie Gay, who was suspended earlier this week by the NFL for four games. The Colts, however, could regain the services of WR Michael Pittman, which would be a shot in the arm for a mediocre receiving corps.
5 reasons why the Chiefs will beat the Colts
- Follow the story. Patrick Mahomes is a spectacular 7-0 in domes in his career. The Chiefs have suffered a total of two losses in the month of September since Mahomes took over as the starter in 2018.
- The Colts are… a disaster. A team that many picked to win the AFC South started the season with a tie against lowly Houston and a 24-0 loss to the Jaguars. This is about as disastrous a start to a season as it gets. Running back Jonathan Taylor is terrific, but has struggled out of the gate. So far, the Colts offense has been one-dimensional and basically putrid.
- They can’t get this QB thing right. Five years, five different starters for the Colts and nothing is working. After Andrew Luck retired, we’ve seen Jacoby Brissett, Phillip Rivers, Carson Wentz and now Matt Ryan at the helm. Ryan has thrown just one TD so far and four interceptions and the early results are that this is the same situation we’ve seen in Indy now for half a decade.
- The Colts don’t have the guns. Other than Taylor (and injured WR Michael Pittman), this team doesn’t have the personnel to keep the Chiefs defense on their heels. This team will rely on Knights receiving weapons like Ashton Dulin, Mike Strachan and Kylen Granson to try and stay in this game.
- Coaching: the x factor. Frank Reich hasn’t exactly been a disastrous hire in Indy, as the organization has done a decent job of building a solid roster from top to bottom. Reich could be on his way to the hot seat, however, after this abysmal start. When it comes to matchups like this, most of the time you can look at the coach/QB combo and often pick the winner. Andy Reid played his starters throughout the preseason and it has clearly paid dividends.