Colts (+5.5) at Chiefs
Sat. Jan. 12, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC)
Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are red hot at the moment, at a time when it certainly pays to be red hot. The Colts have been in playoff mode for quite a while now. They had to scrap their way into the playoffs by winning the last four games of the regular season. They rose to the occasion and dominated those four opponents. Andrew Luck’s ability to make smart decisions with the ball and ability to score in the red zone has been huge for this Colts team. The offensive line has been dominating, and the defense is for real. The Colts carried their hot streak into the wild card round by dominating the Houston Texans 21-7, paving the way to this big time divisional round matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been led this season by MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes and his offense have been unstoppable all season long, with their high powered scoring potential leading them to a first round playoff bye. Kansas City’s only real problem this season was losing Kareem Hunt late in the season due to domestic violence allegations. Because of this, the run game has slightly off, but Mahomes and his team still have plenty of weapons to burn you. The defense looks to come in fresh and will be even stronger if Eric Berry (listed as questionable) is able to play.
Advantage: Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium, the Chief's home field, is wild during the regular season. Can you imagine what a playoff game on a Saturday night will be like? It will be deafening.. Freezing cold weather will also provide a huge advantage for the Chiefs.. The weather is expected to be in the low thirties, with 12 mph winds. Snow showers are also listed in the forecast. The Colts aren’t used to this, playing out their home games in a domed stadium..
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Chargers (+4.5) at Patriots
Sun., Jan. 13, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Los Angeles Chargers proved they are a contender on the road against the Baltimore Ravens in the wild card round of the playoffs. The back end of the defense is loaded with fast and talented players. Safety Derwin James and cornerback Desmond King have led the secondary this season. Upfront they have shown constant improvements, getting better every week. The defense has come together at the perfect moment. Quarterback Philip Rivers thinks this is the best team he has ever been a part of. Philip Rivers has never won a Superbowl but with his confidence in his teammates and himself this season, you can expect a fired up and locked in Rivers this Sunday in the Divisional round against the Patriots.
Is Tom Brady done? Brady has been doubted all season. His numbers are down, and his team not as talented as in recent years. NFL insiders think his reign is over. After a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers back in early December, it seems we are counting the New England Patriots out this postseason. Nonetheless, this team is still good, very good. They can prove this simply by reminding us that they had a first-round bye in the playoffs. They are home, coming off a bye, and have been all but counted out. No doubt about it, Tom Brady will have his Patriots' team ready to rock and roll come kick off Sunday afternoon.
Temperatures will be in the mid-twenties. That's something the LA golden boys haven't faced yet this season. The Chargers will also be on the road. Foxborough is known for crazy fans.