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These five little-known stats seem to be good signs for Chiefs in their playoff game

Every one of Patrick Mahomes 50 touchdown passes in 2018

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has taken the NFL by storm in his first year as a starter, and his numbers back it up. Here is every one of his touchdown passes so far this season. Music from KillerTracks.
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has taken the NFL by storm in his first year as a starter, and his numbers back it up. Here is every one of his touchdown passes so far this season. Music from KillerTracks.

Saturday’s AFC divisional-playoff game pits the top-seeded Chiefs against the sixth-seeded Colts, but few see this as a Samson vs. Goliath matchup.

Most NFL observers are expecting a close game and quite a few are picking the Chiefs to win.

But for Chiefs fans looking for some good signs, here are five lesser-known stats about the Chiefs and Colts that seem to favor Kansas City:

1. The NFL’s Next Gen Stats show the Colts’ blitz has been good at getting pressure on the quarterback. Guess who’s had success against the blitz? Yep, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes:

2. Warren Sharp of Sharp Sports determined that the Chiefs had the seventh-most difficult schedule in the NFL this season. Which team had the easiest schedule, according to Sharp’s metics?

The Colts.

3. Evan Silva of RotoWorld.com noted that even thought the Colts like to run zone coverage, Mahomes has done well against those defenses. How good? Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus explains:

4. None of the eight remaining playoff teams has been as successful as the Chiefs at scoring touchdowns in the red zone this season:

5. Mahomes’ accuracy when throwing on the run was the best in the NFL this season. This is from ESPN:

Here is one bonus nugget: the Chiefs’ 2-4 record against playoff teams may have been a source of angst for some, but one fan made this historical comparison:

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From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.

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