A couple of AFC teams that started the season with high expectations face off on the Lucas Oil pitch. The Kansas City Chiefs are on tour as they make the trip to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon. Kansas City is coming off a 27-24 win over the Chargers on Thursday Night Football in their week two matchup to remain undefeated. Indianapolis was absolutely disappointed when they followed a 20-20 tie with Houston in their season opener when they were whitewashed 24-0 by Jacksonville on the road last Sunday in their second week. In the all-time regular season series between the teams, the Colts have a 13-9 lead, including a 19-13 away win in the most recent matchup on Oct. 6, 2019.
Time and Channel Colts vs Chiefs
Start Sunday, September 25 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET in the United States. 12 p.m. in Mexico.
Television: CBS in the United States. Fox Sports in Mexico.
Streaming: fuboTV (Start your free trial) in the US.
Spread: Chiefs -5.5
Kansas City Chiefs seek 3-0 start
Kansas City had everything it wanted from Los Angeles in an AFC West opponent battle but got a great defensive play in the final quarter to end the win. The Chiefs went 2-0 on the year and are aiming for three straight wins to open the season with an away win here. Against Los Angeles, Kansas City trailed 17-7 in the early stages of the third quarter before racking up 20 straight points to take a 27-17 lead with 3:20 to play. The Chargers moved within three points with 1:11 to play, but Kansas City recovered the sidekick that followed to preserve the win. Kansas City was outscored 401-319 on aggregate offense, lost the first battle 21-15, and was crushed in time of possession by a margin of 33:37 to 26:23. On the plus side, the Chiefs forced the only fumble loss of the game and it was a 99-yard pick-six from Jaylen Watson to give Kansas City a 24-17 lead with 10:29 to play that they wouldn’t give up.
On the season, the Chiefs are sixth in the league in air attack averaging 293 yards per game this season. Kansas City ranks 16th in the league on the ground offense, accumulating 110.5 yards per game on the year. The Chiefs rank second in the league in scoring offense, averaging 35.5 points per game. Kansas City ranks 18th in scoring defense, allowing 22.5 points per game this year. Patrick Mahomes is the Chiefs’ caller and has completed 54 of 74 passes for 595 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions on the year. In the ground game, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been the lead running back with 15 carries for 116 yards this season. Isaiah Pacheco (14 carries, 68 yards, TD) and Jerick McKinnon (eight carries, 34 yards) have also been involved in the ground game. There’s no shortage of goals in the aerial game, highlighted by Travis Kelce’s 13 receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown this season. JuJu Smith-Schuster (nine receptions, 89 yards), Mecole Hardman (six receptions, 65 yards, TD), Edwards-Helaire (seven receptions, 76 yards, two TDs), and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (six receptions, 57 yards) have all been good targets at first. Harrison Butker has hit four of four extra point attempts and his only 54-point attempt this season. Deep Eric Reid is one of two in extra points without attempting a field goal, while Matt Ammendola has connected on all three extra points and his two field goal attempts with a long 31 on the year.
As for injuries, Butker (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, so he could be out again. Defensive end Mike Danna (calf) missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, while Mecole Hardman (heel) had limited participation on both days. Keep an eye out for updates on the injury report before the start of the game. Meanwhile, starting linebacker Willie Gay misses the first game of his four-game suspension for an off-season incident here. That could push rookie Leo Chenal into the fire.
Indianapolis Colts trying to get the first win of 2022
Indianapolis looked absolutely poor in its loss to Jacksonville on the road, extending its misery in the northern part of the Sunshine State to eight straight losses. The Colts fell to 0-1-1 on the season with the loss as they couldn’t put any points on the board. Against Jacksonville, Indianapolis was without its top two receivers in Michael Pittman Jr. and Alex Pierce — their absences showed. The Colts were unable to hold the series or involve running back Jonathan Taylor.
Indianapolis was two of 10 on third down and zero two at fourth down in the contest. The Colts lost the total yard battle 331-218, allowed 21 first attempts while recording just nine, and were dominated 38:15 to 21:45 in inception time. Indianapolis also committed three turnovers and failed to record a takeaway in the duel.
On the year, the Colts rank 10th in the league in aerial offense averaging 252 yards per game through the air, while they rank 12th in-ground offense with 115.5 yards per game on the ground. Indianapolis ranks last in the league in scoring offense with 10 points per game, while it ranks 17th in scoring defense by allowing 22 points per game. Matt Ryan has 48 of 80 passes for 547 yards with one touchdown against four interceptions. He has run for 12 yards and has been caught seven times. Jonathan Taylor leads the team with 40 carries for 215 yards plus a rushing touchdown this season. Nyheim Hines (four carries, four yards) is more of a threat to catch passes, but he’s also seen some ground action. Michael Pittman Jr. is second on the team with nine receptions for 121 yards plus one touchdown on the year. Hines (10 receptions, 87 yards), Taylor (five receptions, 23 yards), Mike Strachan (three receptions, 59 yards), Mo-Alie Cox (three receptions, 35 yards), and Parris Campbell (three receptions, 36 yards) have each been involved at the beginning of this season. Rodrigo Blankenship has hit two of two extra point attempts and two of three field goal attempts with a long 45 on the year.
Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (back) was limited in Wednesday’s practice and was demoted to DNP (did not practice) for Thursday’s practice. Tackle Bernhard Raimann (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday but became a limited participant on Thursday. Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (quadruple) missed last week’s game and has been a limited participant in each of this week’s two practices. Check back over the next few days to stay on top of updates on your statuses for this game.