Eric Berry has just played in two games this season, but has been effective when he has played. Now, the Chiefs and their shaky defense are playing the Colts in the Divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Berry hasn’t practiced with the team in weeks, and his return for this big game is still in question.
The Chiefs defense will need all of the help it can get, with Kansas City allowing 180 points in the last 6 games they’ve played, an average of 30 points a game. For a team with such a good record, it is odd that the defense is struggling this much. Kansas City has been blessed with the most explosive offense in the league, and the race isn’t even close. This often overshadows the defensive problems that are present in KC, creating a nervy situation on Saturday against the Colts. Eric Berry doesn’t make this defense great, but he does a lot to patch up the holes, especially in the passing game.
Indianapolis comes into Kansas City as one of the hottest teams in the league. After a rough 1-5 start to the season, the Colts have only one blemish, going 10-1 in their last 11. Andrew Luck is quietly having a monster season, throwing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns. Luck has thrived this season after finding a consistent run threat in second year running back Marion Mack. Mack has produced big numbers for the Colts all year, and added a high level postseason performance last week to help the Colts advance, rushing for 148 and a TD against the Houston Texans.
Luck hasn’t played the Chiefs since 2016, when Nick Foles quarterbacked the Chiefs to a 30-14 regular season win. Luck had 2 TD, 1 INT and 210 yards that game. He will be looking to have a better outing this time around, with a spot in the AFC championship on the line.