Chiefs won’t hold back on Colts, except perhaps injured guys

AP

Even though the most likely scenarios have the Chiefs and Colts meeting in the first round of the playoffs, this week’s not a time to hold back for strategic reasons.

Because of the tiebreakers that come into play for both teams, the Chiefs appear destined for the AFC’s top Wild Card berth, and the Colts the No. 4 seed as AFC South champions.

That makes Sunday’s matchup slightly anticlimactic, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid said they can’t approach it that way.

I don’t think you do,” Reid said, via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. “We’re far enough along in the year, . . . you have enough in the playbook that you can draw from on both sides of the ball and special teams-wise. I don’t think there’s any reason to do that.

“Plus, the season is still alive.”

The Chiefs know about quick turnarounds, playing the Broncos twice in three weeks and losing both, so they’d like to set the stage a little better this time through.

“You give it your best shot your first time, and then you come back two weeks later and give it your best shot then,” he said.

If anything, the Chiefs could lean toward giving some injured players time to get well, with their playoff berth secured.

Left tackle Branden Albert (knee), tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) have missed time, and return man Dexter McCluster (ankle) missed the Oakland game.

“We’re comfortable with the guys healing up, . . . we’re not forcing anybody back in that’s in a position where they would reinjure themselves,” Reid said. “ We haven’t done that all season, so we’re not going to start doing that now or ever as long as I’m here. That’s not how we roll, but if the guys can play then they’re going to play.

“That’s what they do and they want to do that. The rest of our season is as important as the beginning. We’re not letting off on anything there. We’ll keep working the process and making sure we get guys ready to play. We’ll do our part as coaches and we’ll do our part as players. “

But the more important part would be making sure those players are well for the likely rematch with the Colts.

11 responses to “Chiefs won’t hold back on Colts, except perhaps injured guys

  1. I know it’s unlikely, but the Chiefs need to keep their foot on the gas just in case Denver stumbles.

    They could go from wildcard to division winner in a heartbeat.

  2. Here’s a question…..

    If the Colts do lose to the Chiefs and beat the Jaguars in Week 17, and the Ravens win out to with the AFC North, how would that affect the playoff seeding?

    The way I see it, they would both finish 10-6 on the season, and have identical conference records at 8-4. I don’t know if divisional record would then be a deciding factor considering they didn’t go head-to-head this season, but if that were the case the Colts would have the edge on the #3 seed since they would be 6-0 in their division vs. the Ravens finishing 4-2.

  3. “That’s not how we roll…” C’mon Andy, guys your size should not be talking about “How you roll”.
    Unless it’s in reference to the bread section of a buffet.

  4. I too think the Colts are destined for the 4 seed, but people don’t realize how close they are to a bye. If they win out and the Ravens win out, the Colts get the #2 seed.

  5. While them being the 4 and 5 seeds is relatively likely, the fact remains that if the Chiefs win out and the Broncos lose a game, OR if the Colts win out and either the Patriots or Bengals lose a game, then no, they won’t be the 4&5 seeds, since in the former case the Chiefs would win the division, and in the latter case the Colts would get the 3 seed (and the 2 seed, if the Pats and Bengals BOTH lose a game).

    So why would either team hold back when they have a shot at playing their way into a first-round bye?

  6. There is something really goofy going on with these comments. It’s an issue I’ve noticed for a long time now, and I’ve gotten to the point where I need to speak up. PFT, please look into switching the comments format to Disqus. We could comment back and forth via threads, and it’s much, much easier to manage. I don’t understand why half my comments never show up on here.

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