2. Indianapolis Colts’ offense can’t compete
The Chiefs are a team that will run the score up on opposing teams. Oftentimes, the only way to get close to beating them is to match their scoring pace which is something the Colts can’t do. They have proven that their offense is slow to get started and barely able to keep pace with David Mills and the Texans and absolutely no match for Trevor Lawrence and the extremely successful Jaguars offense (sarcasm).
So far, the Chiefs have scored 71 points (third in the NFL) with nine touchdowns. Meanwhile, their defense has held opponents to 45 points and six touchdowns. This averages out to 22.5 points per game and three touchdowns per game. The Indianapolis Colts have 20 total points and two touchdowns. Maybe by default, this means the Colts will score more? At least Kansas City’s defense has been allowing opponents to.
When you look at the Chiefs’ offense, Kelce is the main pass catcher. He alone has 13 receptions, 172 yards, and one touchdown on the season. Although Indianapolis has Michael Pittman Jr., he missed the last game and is still trying to make a name for himself as a WR1. Pittman has nine receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown. The lead receiver currently is Ashton Dulin, who is technically the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart, with eight receptions for 125 yards.
The running game has not been moving at the pace Colts fans would like to either. Johnathan Taylor is one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the NFL but has been held to 215 yards on 40 attempts and only one touchdown. He currently ranks third in the league in both yards and attempts. However, last game, he was held to 54 yards on only nine carries. Nine carriers for arguably the best running back in the league. Yes, we were losing but he was the key piece on offense with Pittman and Alec Pierce out.
Kansas City’s offense has never seemed to struggle. Even after trading away Hill, they were able to find several average receivers to bolster the offense. Mahomes spreads the ball out well and they have Clyde Edwards-Helaire to provide some support for the run game. He currently has 116 yards on 15 attempts for those that are curious.
The Chiefs force you to try to match their pace in scoring and the Colts just can’t keep up. So far the offense has shown that they are inconsistent and struggle to maintain a drive. Arizona had the weapons to battle back and try to keep up but even they lost badly. The Colts are looking at an uphill battle as it is, but if they can’t score on their first drive of the game and fall behind early, they can kiss this game goodbye.