Chiefs Looking to Win with No Luck Required Against Colts

Posted Dec 22, 2012

KC hopes to make final-home game memorable

Saving the best for last, that’s the hope of Kingdom fans as the Kansas City Chiefs close out Arrowhead on Sunday, facing the Indianapolis Colts.

With one-home win under their belt, the Chiefs are focused on locking Arrowhead’s doors with a victory and potentially playing spoiler to a Colts team that would enter the playoffs with a win (or tie).

“Definitely, you want to go out with a bang,” Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson said.

“We’ve had a bad taste in our mouth this year at home. We’d like to play better. You’re supposed to have a home-field advantage when you play here with the Chiefs; it’s been like that for years here. We need to play better at home and we haven’t consistently done that this year. Our objective these last two games is to go out on a winning note.”

Despite their 2-12 record, and the struggles along the way, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel believes the motivation of his players won’t allow for any type of letdown on the field.

“I think that (motivational) drive takes over for them and they’re going to perform and they’re going to do what they’ve been coached to do and taught to do,” Crennel admitted. “Most of them have been doing it all their lives. So, I don’t expect and shouldn’t see a drop-off when they go out on the field.”

When the Chiefs do hit the field, they’ll need to get out of the gate quickly, facing a Colts team that is averaging 22.1 points-per-game, sixth best in the AFC.

“I think for us, it comes down to getting a fast start and maintaining that,” Chiefs QB Brady Quinn said. “It starts on first and second down, better efficiency with what we’re trying to do with the ball and continuing to move the chains down the field.”

One way to likely keep the chains moving on Sunday is via the legs of Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, who ranks second in the AFC with 87.9 rushing yards per game.

“We’re expecting to leave with a win. It’s our last game at home, it’s time to go out with a bang, with a win,” Charles admitted. The key to earning the win, according to Jamaal Charles, keep things clicking.

“We have to move the ball, we have to catch the ball, and we have to make the blocks, protect the quarterback, like we did against Carolina. Everything was clicking and if we have everything clicked this Sunday, we’ll win the game,” Charles said.

If the offense does indeed click, the defense will likely do the same, but it won’t be easy against Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Colts QB Andrew Luck and the talented guys around him.

“They still have a high-powered offense,” Derrick Johnson admitted. “They run the ball really efficiently and (Andrew) Luck is doing his job on offense, just being a very smart and consistent quarterback. Hopefully, we can rattle him a little bit and Tamba [Hali] and Justin Houston can get after him.”

Andrew Luck cannot win a ball game by himself, which is why the Chiefs have done their homework on the guys who are on the receiving end of his throws.

“They have a lot of speed on the edges,” Chiefs SS Eric Berry said.

“T.Y Hilton and (Donnie) Avery and you also have a crafty vet (WR Reggie Wayne) and they have nice tight ends as well, so when you have a guy like Andrew Luck throwing it to them, when he’s very confident in his arm, you always have to be on your toes.”

Fellow safety, Kendrick Lewis agreed with Berry and said Kansas City’s defense will likely have success if it shuts down the Colts, starting up front.

“Make them one-dimensional. First we have to stop the run, as far as our defensive front and in the back end, we just have to play tight coverage and not let the deep ball be a part of the game,” Lewis said.

Most of the preparation, including the team meetings, will be completed by night’s end, with the game to follow tomorrow. If all goes as planned in those meetings, as well as the outdoor and indoor practice fields, Chiefs fans may get an early present, no wrapping paper required.

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