KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Eric Ebron announced the forecast for Saturday's playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs, where even the most optimistic meteorologists estimate the chances of rain or snow at around 50 %.
That does not bother him. The tight Colts played a lot of cold games in the north of the NFC.
"You've done it once you're there," said Ebron, who began his career with the Detroit Lions and remembers ice-cold matches in Green Bay and Chicago. "The worst thing is the wait times for television. Once you're done, you'll warm up, but other than that, it should be fun. The snow, no matter, I like the games on snow.
Even if the cold and the rain rain on two starry faults.
The attention of the week between Chef Patrick Mahomes and Colts Chief Andrew Luck was the focus of the debate. Mahomes broke records by the dozen this year, totaling more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns, while Luck threw 39 assists on the ground – second in the NFL, ahead of Mahomes – while putting the Colts past one. start at 1 to 5 on the second weekend of the season. playoffs.
But neither the quarterback would have released such blaring figures if he had not had a plethora of weapons at his disposal, as well as creative offensive minds to design plays to get the ball .
Chief speed rider Tyreek Hill set a franchise record of 1,479 passing yards this year, 12 touchdowns and 22 assists of at least 25 yards. Five times, he played at least 50 yards, including a 91-yard return kick kick against the Chargers in the first week.
Hill should also find his best friend. Sammy Watkins has been training this week after missing a handful of games due to a foot injury, potentially giving Kansas City his second wide receiver.
Then there's Travis Kelce, the All-Pro restricted group, whose value comes both as a blocker and as a dangerous target. Kelce has collected 1036 catches for 1,336 yards this season, briefly setting the NFL record for a close finish, and has captured at least one pass in 79 consecutive games.
"I have a big advantage here, I have a lot of teammates capable of playing a lot." I do not need to do too much, "said Mahomes. "Take the ball out of my hands. Buy it at Tyreek, buy it at Kelce, give it to all those guys who can play and let them do what they've done throughout the season. This is the most important thing, do not try to do too much. "
Especially considering what they did all season was pretty good.
"I mean, just their weapons – they have several All-Pro players – they have a lot of good players who have not gotten that recognition," said Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. talent on this side of the ball.The pattern is also a bit unique as to what they do and how they do it.It will be a big challenge. "
The Indianapolis offense presents a daunting challenge for the Chiefs, who have been fierce to put the passer in a hurry, but who have struggled in almost every other aspect of the defense.
T.Y. Hilton destroyed the KC defense with 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns in her 2014 playoff game, when the Colts recovered a 38-10 deficit in the second half. He amassed 76 catches for 1,270 yards and six touchdowns in another season of Pro Bowl caliber.
Teammate Dontrelle Inman scored in three straight games.
And like the Chiefs, the Colts have one of Eric Ebron's most versatile and dangerous tight edges. He had 13 touchdowns in the regular season, beating only Steelers 'Antonio Brown for the championship lead and adding to the Colts' playoff victory in Houston.
Make everything work? An offensive line that allowed only 18 bags of the season.
"Based on the numbers, it's going to be very difficult," Chiefs defense coordinator Bob Sutton said. "It's like anything, we'll have our chances. We must enjoy it. "
NOTES: SS Eric Berry (Heel) did not train for the second day running on Thursday, and head coach Andy Reid declined to say he would play Saturday. … Watkins (foot) practiced and seems likely to play. "He had a good week," said Reid. "It looks pretty good." … Dorian O'Daniel (calf) of the OLB has not trained, potentially depriving the Chiefs of a player belonging to four special teams. "These are day-to-day things," Reid said.