One thing the Chiefs want to continue doing as the regular season winds to a conclusion is score touchdowns. They've been doing so at quickened pace. Over the first 10 games, the Chiefs offense scored 37 touchdowns. Over the last four games they've scored 19, including seven rushing and receiving touchdowns against Oakland last Sunday. Throw in four touchdowns from the kicking game and defense and they have averaged 41.8 points per game in the last month. In the first 10 games they averaged 23.2 points each game. That increase of nearly 20 points per game has created confidence within the Chiefs locker room that they can go out and play any type of game that develops
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
-- Chiefs CBs Brandon Flowers
and Sean Smith
vs. Colts WRs T.Y. Hilton
and Darrius Heyward-Bey
-- In recent weeks the Chiefs defense has had problems stopping the passing game of opponents and they've been giving up a lot of big yardage plays. For instance last Sunday against Oakland, they gave up eight completions of 20 yards or more. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has sprinkled in more zone coverages in the last few weeks, but it will likely be Flowers covering Hilton and Smith on Heyward-Bey. Smith has struggled in the last few games.
-- Chiefs pass protection vs. Colts OLB Robert Mathis
-- It's been quite a season so far for Mathis, who leads the NFL with 16 sacks in 14 games. That's a career-high number for him, coming in the first season where he did not have to share the pass rushing limelight with Dwight Freeney
. Indy's defensive coaching staff led by former Chiefs LB Greg Manusky likes to move Mathis all over the place when he's coming after the quarterback. He's likely to go head-to-head at one point with all five K.C. blockers. Most of the pressure will be on the tackles Eric Fisher, Donald Stephenson
and possibly Branden Albert returning from a knee injury. The protection for quarterback Alex Smith has improved recently, as he's been sacked twice in the last three games with 92 total passing plays.