Well, we pretty much all knew it would come to this, didn't we? The playoffs (man that sounds good!) are about to begin and, in a Deja Vu All Over Again moment it's the Chiefs vs Colts in Indianapolis. Now, we all know that the Colts came into Arrowhead in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago and kicked some serious tail, and props to the Colts for that win. They played very well, while the Chiefs did not. No excuses. The Chiefs were downright, flat-out beat and that's not even open for debate. What is open for debate is this week's playoff game, so let's set the table for this one, shall we?
First, the Chiefs - as many Colts fans know already - are going to come in pretty well rested, at least from the standpoint of "big name starters" as they decided to rest a few regulars in yesterday's game in San Diego. Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Branden Albert, Tamba Hali, Dontari Poe and Derrick Johnson all were inactive in a game the "scrubs"
won lost to the Chargers due to officiating felony theft. Perhaps you've heard about the overloaded Chargers line on a Chiefs FG attempt at the end of regulation, a play that the NFL has admitted making the wrong (non) call ... maybe you've seen replays of the OT play shortly after that when the Chiefs stripped the ball and ran it back for a TD on an aborted fake FG by the Chargers, a play where the whistle was never blown but was declared to be dead after the fact due to "forward motion" ... right, whatever. Mind you, the Chiefs are still the #5 seed and win or lose that was never going to change. "What's the big deal?" you might ask ... well, one does like to win, and fans love the bragging rights, but far more importantly, it's a HUGE deal to Steelers fans, as their team would have been the last Wildcard team to make the playoffs had the Chargers not had the game gift-wrapped as a late Christmas present not once but twice lost the game. So yeah, they aren't very happy this morning either. As for Chiefs fans, well ... we'll get over it in time for this week's matchup, but only for awhile.
As for the Chiefs, Justin Houston should be back in full force, along with a rested Hali and Johnson and Poe, the heart of the defense. LT Branden Albert has had a few nagging aches and should also be feeling better, and Jamaal Charles, the major force on offense, should be ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound (and might need to for the Chiefs to win). An aside here is the Chiefs are well represented on the Pro Bowl this year, with EIGHT players getting the nod, and two more (Derrick Johnson and Dustin Colquitt) being good enough to make it but not quite getting enough votes. That's a lot of talent, and Chiefs fans are fortunate to have those guys on their team.
Let's face it, both of these teams know each other pretty well and fans of each team know the other team pretty well, too ... no real surprises here for either side. The questions that remain unanswered are: will the Chiefs rebound and play well after a meaningless loss, or will they "press" and fold as they did in the implosion at Arrowhead? will the Colts continue to play at a high level? will Andrew Luck prove why he was a #1 overall pick and make like the second coming of Peyton Manning? will Jamaal Charles continue to astound Chiefs fans (and fans of other teams) with a continued showing of being simply the best RB in the league?
We shall see in less than a week, for better or worse ... playoffs, has a nice ring to it, you know? Colts fans, major props to you and your team, and may the best team win this week with no injuries AND no bad officiating ... let 'em play, ref! Here's to the NFL, where the team with the #1 pick in 2012 hosts the team with the #1 pick in 2013 in a playoff game .. parity or parody, either way you gotta love it. Here we go, people ... Chiefs vs Colts. Are you enjoying this? You should!