This weekend the Chiefs welcome the Colts to Arrowhead for a Sunday Night matchup. The Chiefs coming off a win where the offense looked a little out of sync but put up 27 points. The Colts come off a loss to the Raiders which is a bit of a head-scratcher, but the Colts were dominated in the trenches. The Raiders established their physical style of play and won the turnover battle. The Raiders were able to put up 31 points without passing for over 200 yards on the day. So how can the Chiefs exploit this banged-up Colts defense? They can take a page out of their playbook from a season ago.
The Chiefs spread out the Colts cover 2 defense and Mahomes found the windows it creates. It’s an easy Slant for Watkins and then he’s in open field and creates yards after the catch for 30+ on the play. They can also advantage of the aggressiveness of the Colts linebackers in the run and play-action game.
The Colts linebackers have shown to be very aggressive on tape and it’s surely helped them in some areas but hurts them in these. With the Chiefs RPO offense being a huge threat to linebackers that over pursue, there is also a bit of misdirection that the Chiefs can use to find some success in moving them around. There should be lanes that open up for the Chiefs in the air and on the ground.
Cover 2 defense’s typically create natural open pockets on the field and the Chiefs can use that to their advantage with the weapons and speed they have on offense. I think the offense gets back on track this week and Mahomes takes advantage of the coverages as well as the personnel the Colts will be rolling out on Sunday. I think Mahomes throws for over 300 yards and 4 TDs. Chiefs win 42-27. What about you?