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Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) @ Indianapolis (11-5)
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OTHER VITAL INFORMATION
When: Saturday, January 4th, 3:35 p.m. CST
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
What Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBCSports.comLive
Keys To The Game for the Chiefs:
1- THROW THE BALL DOWN FIELD: One of the more annoying things about Andy Reid‘s offense and Alex Smith as a quarterback if their total lack of interest/ability to throw the ball down field. It seems like every third down pass play, the Chiefs throw underneath, well short of the first down marker. This is exactly what the defenses want Kansas City to do. Defenses don’t have to stop the pass, just to be in position to tackle the Chiefs receivers short of the first down. Throwing the ball deeper sometimes would loosen up the defnse for the running game, even if just a little. The Chiefs aren’t built to go deep ten times a game, but some 10-20 yard passes should would be nice.
2- SECONDARY MUST BE AT ITS BEST: The Chiefs pass defense finished 25th in the NFL, giving up nearly 4,000 yards (3,962). The secondary must do a better job in pass coverage. They must tackle better. They must force a couple of turnovers. The Colts’ offensive weapons are not that intimidating but they had little trouble gaining yards against the Chiefs two weeks ago. If the secondary can hold their coverage for a second longer, it will give the pass rushers just a little bit more time to apply pressure, and under pressure, quarterbacks make mistakes. The Chiefs won’t win unless the secondary as a great day.
3 – JAMAAL CHARLES MUST GET THE BALL: It is no secret to anyone that Jamaal Charles is not only Kansas City’s most dangerous weapon, but one of the biggest play makers in the league. He hasn’t touched the ball more than 23 times in a game since October 27th, and does not have more than 27 touches in any one game this season. The Chiefs have to get the ball into his hands. In fifteen games this year, Charles had 1,980 yards from scrimmage, and a league leading 19 touchdowns. His presence must be felt for Kansas City to win this ball game. It will be difficult for the Chiefs to advance if Charles doesn’t have a good day.