The Indianapolis Colts have heated up just in time for when it matters the most after closing out the regular season with three-straight sportsbook reviews wins, including a 23-7 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago. Now they will look to stay hot with their second win over the Chiefs in three weeks. Indianapolis will visit Kansas City in an AFC Wild Card round showdown this Saturday afternoon, with both teams looking to build on 11-win seasons. The Colts have reached the postseason in back-to-back years under head coach Chuck Pagano and with Andrew Luck under center, but now it’s time to take the next step.
AFC Wild Card Round
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts
Saturday January 4, 2014 – 4:35 PM ET
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
NFL Sports Betting Line: Indianapolis – 2.5
The Chiefs didn’t waste any time in head coach Andy Reid’s first year leading the team, going from one of the worst in the NFL to an AFC playoff team. Kansas City opened the season with nine-straight wins before losing five of their final seven, and will hope to be healthy enough to bring their best to the table this weekend.
The Chiefs’ struggles down the stretch cost them the chance to potentially host a playoff game, especially losing both games against the AFC West-champion Denver Broncos. Dwayne Bowe, Justin Houston, and Brandon Albert are all expected back in the lineup to provide a boost, but linebacker Tamba Hali and tackle Eric Fisher could both miss this game. Injuries have played a major role in Kansas City’s struggles, but there will be no excuses this weekend. The Chiefs’ defense allowed 23 or more points in each of their five live betting losses and must buckle down, especially against an Indianapolis offense that can put up points in bunches.
NFL Betting Preview: Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck’s second NFL season wasn’t without its share of low points, but he nearly reached the 4,000-yard mark with 23 touchdowns, and ultimately this year will be judged by how he performs in the playoffs. The fact that he has had to play without his best receiver in Reggie Wayne is big, but he has done well with TY Hilton and the continually improving Coby Fleener, and both will need to play big roles this weekend. The Colts’ defense played its best football in some of its toughest match ups including wins over San Francisco and Denver, and they will need to step up again this price per head weekend.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
The Colts have enough firepower on offense to put up some points on this Kansas City defense, and they should be able to at least slow the Chiefs’ attack down. Home advantage will be important for an Indianapolis team that is peaking at the right time, as they look to carry over the momentum form a strong finish to when it matters the most.
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NFL Betting Pick: Indianapolis Colts – 2.5