Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 7 things every fan should know
At some level, Morris Claiborne will debut for the Chiefs
To the excitement of many fans, the cornerback unit that has struggled to cover even some average receiving corps through the first four games of the 2019 season will be getting some reinforcements on Sunday with the debut of Morris Claiborne.
A lot has been made of this pickup late in this past offseason. Is Morris Claiborne the talented corner that made him the former sixth overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft? Is he simply another average to below average pickup at corner that Chiefs fans have grown accustomed to the last few years?
It’s tough to anticipate. In Claiborne’s seven year career he’s played in 77 games. Through those contests he’s registered 7 interceptions and 49 passes defensed. Even considering he’s not a number one corner, those numbers aren’t jaw dropping.
Yet, this past season with the New York Jets Claiborne showed another level of play picking off two passes and defending another 14. There shouldn’t be any extremely high expectations for Claiborne, but he should undoubtedly be an upgrade to our starting corner group. It will likely take him a few weeks to get into the swing of things, so fans will need to be patient.
My Prediction: Chiefs 35, Colts 24
The Chiefs are the better team, and they’re playing at home. They’re also playing a Colts team that was exposed against the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs are also coming off a game where it could potentially be said that they overlooked the opponent.
I expect the Chiefs to be firing on all cylinders against the Indianapolis Colts, a team they beat handily just this last January. Even if the Colts had Andrew Luck playing at a high level, beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead would have been a great challenge. A respectable but average quarterback playing against the league’s best adds fuel to the belief that the Colts have very little chance in this one.
Patrick Mahomes will return to his All Pro level of play. Steve Spagnuolo will contain the Colts banged up offense. The Chiefs will roll to 5-0 for the third straight season.