The last time we saw the Kansas City Chiefs in game action, records were being broken by RB
“A very disciplined group, a well-coached group," Smith said. "They know their scheme really well and are physical up-front and experienced in the back end. They’re playing fast and it shows up on tape clearly. It's going to be a great challenge for us.”
Playing fast is the only way Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles knows how to perform; he explained what he's seen during film study of the Colts defense.
“They’re very good," Charles said. "They have Colts OLB (Robert) Mathis, who is leading the league in sacks (16.5), right now, and they have other good linebackers, as well as playmakers in the secondary like (Colts safety LaRon) Landry. It’s going to be a tough game and it’s a playoff team. We’re glad that we’ll be playing against a playoff team that we might have to see once again. This opportunity is ahead of us right now and I think we're ready.”
In addition to Charles, Alex Smith will use a wide variety of other weapons on offense, including Chiefs WR
“Very physical," Bowe said. "Their secondary definitely attacks the ball and their entire defense has a lot of big hitters. (Robert) Mathis and LaRon (Landry) are guys that have been to the Pro Bowl; those guys attack the ball, but offensively, we're going to do our best to execute our game plan just the way we've practiced it all week."
"He's a great guy, who can have an influence in the game with his pass rush," McGrath said. "He's making a real good run for the defensive player of the year. We have to do some things to slow him down. He's a very significant part of their talented defense, but we're going to come out and be ready to play."
“He is an exceptional talent," Sutton said. "We played him last year in New York, and I know, after the game, the two things that surprised our players the most about him were, one, how fast he is, because he is legitimately fast; people don’t appreciate the speed. He’s as fast as a lot of the quarterbacks that we think are really mobile and are great zone-read players; this guy is in that category. (And), he’s really strong; he’s a big man. He has a great arm. He can extend a play. He has a great understanding of the game. He makes a lot of the right decisions."
Playing behind Luck is Colts RB Donald Brown, who leads the team with 427 rushing yards in 2013.
“We have to play team defense," Poe said. "Everybody has to be in the right lane and everybody has to be where they need to be to build a wall.”
Also helping the Chiefs cause on defense will be LB
“Andrew luck is a guy that can run," Johnson said. "He’s a guy that gets out of trouble at times, when they do slip up or make a mistake up in the front line. He gets out of a lot of sacks. He’s a guy that’s always looking to throw the ball. He’s dangerous. He can run the ball too; he’s very underrated, when he runs the ball. He’s a very good runner.”
When it comes to the Colts passing game, turnovers may be tough to come by, as Indy is tied with Kansas City's offense for a league-best plus-14 giveaway total.
Despite missing their star WR Reggie Wayne, Chiefs CB
“Definitely," Flowers said. "They’ve still got burners that can beat you down the field. They make tough catches. Luck puts the ball in great positions for them to make plays, so we have to have tight coverage, challenge them and just have fun, at the end of the day.”
A Chiefs win on Sunday would not only be fun for the players, but for the entire Chiefs Kingdom, which hasn't seen its team win 12 games in one year since 2003, when the Chiefs finished 13-3.
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