Chiefs vs. Colts Preview, Score and More
The Colts at 2-2? The Chiefs at 3-0?
In the past few seasons that might have seemed absurd, but in what thus far has been a topsy-turvy, parity-heavy NFL season, the reality is that there is a team in Sunday's Colts-Chiefs game that is the league's last remaining unbeaten team.
That's a tag the Colts have held four of the past seven seasons -- in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009 -- but this season, Indianapolis has lost two early division AFC South games while the Chiefs pulled an upset in the regular-season opener -- 21-14 over San Diego at home -- before winning two consecutive games. The Chiefs were off last week.
The Colts, meanwhile, dropped out of a tie for first place in the AFC South with a dramatic loss at Jacksonville. Despite a fourth strong game in as many starts from quarterback Peyton Manning, Indianapolis lost to Jacksonville, 31-28, on a 59-yard field goal by Josh Scobee.
The Chiefs, in their second season under coach Todd Haley, have stayed unbeaten with a balanced running game featuring Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, and stopping the run has been a trouble area for the Colts in their two losses.
Teams have taken the approach this season of running offensively in an effort to keep Manning and the Colts' offensive off the field -- and to keep the Colts' Pro Bowl pass rushers, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis -- out of optimal situations. That's not a strategy that works as often as teams try it, but Jacksonville used it and it wouldn't be a shock to see Kansas City try the same.
Who: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.
When: Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.
TV Coverage: CBS.
Players to Watch: Manning is off to one of the best starts of his career -- an impressive achievement considering he has been the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player a record four times. He has thrown for 1,365 yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions. Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has caught 33 passes for 456 yards and two touchdowns, with wide receiver Austin Collie having caught 32 passes for 398 yards and five touchdowns. Colts tight end Dallas Clark 28 receptions for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles has rushed for 238 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries – a 7.0 yards-per-carry average – and Thomas Jones has rushed for 217 yards and a touchdown on 52 carries. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has passed for four touchdowns and 494 yards with three interceptions.
Line: Colts by 9.