Like the Colts, the Cowboys overcame a shaky start to the season with a strong second half, posting outright wins in eight of their past nine games, capped by a narrow 24-22 win over the Seattle Seahawks as 2.5-point home favorites on Wild Card Weekend. It died down when the Chargers entered the playoffs as the fifth seed, but there have been conversations this week about the prospects for moving the championship game, should the Colts and Chargers both win, which would leave L.A.as the AFC's best seed remaining and therefore the title-game host.
According to league sources, there is concern about the game being played at 30,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly the StubHub Center). It is considered unfeasible for the L.A. Coliseum to host both games on the same day.
League sources suggested that, should the Colts beat the Chiefs on Saturday afternoon, discussions about moving the AFC title game to the Coliseum and contingencies about playing a Sunday/Monday schedule would likely begin in earnest, with nothing made official until Sunday's results were in.
"Playing a game of that magnitude in a stadium that small is a big issue to a lot of people around here", a source told La Canfora. The Rams will not have a homefield advantage Saturday night in LA with a flood of Cowboys fans coming in, but they also lost in the first round a year ago at home to the Falcons, and haven't covered the spread against a playoff team since September (Chargers) The Colts defense has been dominant for the last two months, but who was the last top tier QB they played?
It's time to look at the x-factors in the Divisional Round. Granted, facing Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' high-octane offense provides a new set of challenges on Saturday, but though I certainly don't expect the Colts to hold the Chiefs to just a touchdown, I do expect them to hold them well below their season average of 35.3 points per game.