KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-0)
VS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-2)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010 - 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
LUCAS OIL STADIUM - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
CBS Regional Coverage
KCTV5 (CBS in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Greg Gumbel - Color Commentator: Dan Dierdorf
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
The Chiefs are 3-0 for the seventh time in club history and for the fi rst time since 2003. The Chiefs are the NFL’s lone undefeated team and are seeking to start a season with four consecutive wins for only the third time in franchise annals. The Chiefs are also seeking to become just the fourth club since 2000 to get off to a 4-0 start after beginning the previous season at 0-4. Kansas City enjoyed a bye last week after producing a convincing 31-10 victory vs. San Francisco (9/26).
The Chiefs will resume their schedule at Indianapolis (10/10) as the club makes its first-ever visit to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Colts. Indianapolis has won 10 or more games in eight straight seasons and has claimed a division crown in six of the past seven campaigns. The Colts are currently 2-2 and are coming off a 31-28 loss at Jacksonville (10/3) as Jaguars K Josh Scobee hit a 59-yard FG as time expired.
Head Coach Todd Haley has guided the Chiefs to four consecutive victories dating back to the 2009 regular season finale. Haley is seeking to guide the club to its first five-game winning stretch since 2003. During the team’s current fourgame victory streak, the Chiefs have outscored their opponents by a 112-to-62 margin, good for an average score of 28.0 to 15.5 and have outgained their opponents on the ground by an average of 122.5 ypg. Kansas City is currently third in the NFL in rushing at 160.7 ypg.
KC and Minnesota are tied for second in the NFL in scoring defense, permitting just 12.7 ppg and are the only two teams that have allowed 14 points or less in all of their contests. The Chiefs are also third the NFL in three-and-out percentage (30.8%) and first downs per game (14.0), while while ranking fourth in third-down defense at 26.7% (12 of 45) and fi fth in the league in rushing defense (75.0 ypg). KC will face a Colts offense that ranks second in the NFL in scoring (29.5) and passing ypg (335.5), and is third in total offense (411.0 ypg).
The Chiefs have been superb on special teams in 2010, leading the NFL in kickoff coverage by allowing just 14.7 yards per return. Kansas City is also second in the NFL with a 15.4-yard punt return average. Up next for the Chiefs is a second consecutive AFC South road trip with a contest at Houston (10/17), while Indianapolis travels to Washington (10/17).
Since the AFL-NFL merger, KC and Indianapolis have squared off 19 times in regular and postseason play, with the Colts holding a 12-7-0 advantage. In regular season action, the Colts hold a 9-7 edge against Kansas City. Indianapolis also owns victories in all three of the postseason meetings between the teams, a 10-7 victory at Arrowhead in a ’95 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/7/96), a 38-31 win at Arrowhead in a 2003 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/11/04) and a 23-8 victory at the RCA Dome in a 2006 AFC Wild Card Game (1/6/07).
The Colts also claimed a victory in the most recent regular season meeting between the two clubs. In Kansas City’s fi nal game at the RCA Dome, the Chiefs fell by a 13-10 count at Indianapolis (11/18/07).
Kansas City posted a 5-3 record against the Colts while they were stationed in Baltimore. The Chiefs are 2-9 against the Colts since the franchise relocated to Indianapolis in ’84. Kansas City claimed a 20-7 win in the team’s first-ever meeting vs. the Colts (11/24/85) after the club moved to Indianapolis, snapping a six-game winning streak. The Chiefs are 0-5 on the road vs. the Colts since the team relocated to Indianapolis, including a 23-8 setback in a 2006 AFC Wild Card Game at Indianapolis (1/6/07).
Since the Colts relocated to Indianapolis in ’84, Kansas City has compiled a 2-4 record at Arrowhead. Kansas City’s last win in the series came by a 45-35 count at Arrowhead (10/31/04). In that contest, QB Trent Green had 389 passing yards and three TDs while RB Priest Holmes scored three rushing TDs.
The Chiefs and Colts matched up in a pair of memorable AFC Divisional Playoff Games at Arrowhead. In both 2003 and ’95, the Chiefs had a 13-3 campaign derailed by Indianapolis. For only the third time in NFL postseason history, neither team was forced to punt as Kansas City suffered a 38-31 setback vs. Indianapolis (1/11/04). WR Dante Hall had a 92-yard kickoff return for a TD and RB Priest Holmes tallied a franchise playoff record 176 rushing yards. Kansas City had three interceptions and missed three FGs in a 10-7 setback vs. Indianapolis (1/7/96). The windchill was -9 degrees at kickoff as the Colts advanced to the AFC Championship Game the next week.