Oct. 5, 2019

By Fred Liggett

The Kansas City Chiefs have started 4-0 for the third season in a row and with a victory on Sunday night can be 5-0 for only the fifth time in the franchise 59 year history. Getting more victories should be easier for the team thanks to the schedule they will see in October. The Chiefs began the 2019 season with three of their first four games on the road. Starting on Sunday against the Colts the Chiefs play four out of five at home.

This week the Chiefs are headed to prime time with their first of three Sunday Night Football games on the NBC network. Having an undefeated record is always good for the national spotlight but this Chiefs team is giving networks plenty of highlights from their action on the field. The Chiefs are led by the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in QB Patrick Mahomes but last Sunday the highlights came from other players. Getting a lot of national attention this week was the hook and ladder play that TE Travis Kelce and RB LeSean McCoy were a part of. Another was the 100-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by DB Bashaud Breeland.

A Chiefs/Colts matchup on Sunday Night Football was of no surprise when NFL fans saw the game on the schedule during the summer. The two teams last met in January at Arrowhead in an AFC divisional playoff game that ended with a Chiefs 31-13 win. Both teams had star quarterbacks to feature in Chiefs Pat Mahomes and Colts Andrew Luck. Luck threw an obstacle into the network plans as he abruptly retired in pre-season. The Colts say they have moved on from the Luck era with new QB Jacoby Brissett. Taking a look at the Colts website shows they have as #7 Brissett is on the front page. So far the results in 2019 are not bad as the Colts enter this week’s game at 2-2 which is good enough for a four way tie in the AFC South division.

While the Chiefs will not see the familiar face of QB Andrew Luck they will see LB Justin Houston who spent the previous eight seasons with the team. Houston is at a new position with his new team playing defensive end. A familiar face off the field will be Colts General Manager Chris Ballard who is in his third season in Indy after working four seasons under then Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey.

Sunday night will be interesting for fans as they watch to see who takes the field and who doesn’t. The Chiefs saw star WR Tyreek Hill return to practice on Wednesday. Hill was just a limited participant and isn’t expected to see action on Sunday. Colts star WR Ty Hilton returned to practice this week and the team hopes he will see action against the Chiefs.

The Colts are familiar with playing at Arrowhead and despite the improvement seen under Ballard’s watch as GM they will be unable to match the Chiefs over four quarters. In front of a national TV audience and a home crowd going crazy under the bright lights of a prime time game the Chiefs will improve to 5-0. That’s What I REID Into It for this week.

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