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What I REID Into It: Collts Playoff Game
January 4, 2014
When I made my annual trip to Kansas City Chiefs training camp up in St. Joseph, Missouri this past August and met the new coaching staff I had no idea I was about to see a playoff team practice. That day I can still recall the players having to endure loud blaring music to ready themselves for playing on the road in front of raucous crowds.
Evidently those hot days in St. Joe paid off as the Chiefs finished the regular season with a better road record than at Arrowhead. Maybe it's a good thing then that all Chiefs playoff games this season will be on the road no matter how far they advance.
The National football league sure does a fine job in coming up with wonderful story lines for their playoff games. The upcoming Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts game is indicative of that. Both teams enter the playoffs with 11-5 records and the odds makers favor the host Colts by only 1 and a half points.
Just two weeks ago at Arrowhead the Colts came into the Chiefs home and won convincingly 23-7. Why this game is expected to be too close to call?
Well for one thing the playoff is an entirely different deal and games are played at a higher tempo. The Colts may have just played a playoff game last year but the Chiefs have several players with playoff experience.
Veterans like Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Jamaal Charles have experience as Chiefs in these type of games. New players such as QB Alex Smith and TE Anthony Fasano possess experience from other places.
I feel with this many players having such experience will benefit the team on Saturday. The Chiefs coaching staff has a lot of experience in coaching in these types of environments while in Philadelphia. In fact, Head Coach Andy Reid has won 10 playoff games, 4 Wild Card games and 3 of those 4 were on the road just like this weekend.
I believe the Chiefs will benefit from having both LB's Tamba Hali and Justin Houston healthy and playing together in a game for the first time in 6 weeks. With those two rushing the QB Colts signal caller Andrew Luck will not be able to expose the Chiefs holes in the secondary as easily as he did back on December 22. Offensively the Chiefs have been on a roll lately thanks in large part to the AFC's leading rusher in 2013 Jamaal Charles. Charles can hurt the Colts both on the ground and as an extra receiver down the field.
With Coach Reid resting his starters in last week's regular season finale at San Diego the team is rested and ready for a playoff run. The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game it was the 1993 season when they beat the Houston Oilers. I saw that game on a black & white television. I'm looking forward to watching the next playoff win for the Chiefs franchise in color and in High Definition.