"If it's running it for 200 or throwing it for 400, I'm always going to say the same thing, we are trying to score every time we touch the ball and we are going to game plan and call the game in a way to score points," Reich said on Tuesday, via Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan. "We are really not trying to think so much about, 'Well, let's hold the ball and keep it from them.' We want to run it. There's no secret about that. That does keep them off the field. That would be great. But at the end of the day, the primary goal is score points."
Mack set the Colts single-game playoff record with 148 rushing yards versus the Texans. Since Week 7, including the playoffs, Mack has been one of the most productive running backs in the NFL, ranking second in carries (197), second in rush yards (933), second in rushing TDs (10) and first in rushing first downs (51) during that span.
While Reich won't run the ball simply to play keep-away from Mahomes, expect the Colts to take advantage of their ground dominance against a Kansas City defense that has been run over.
Much has been made of the Chiefs' secondary deficiencies, but Andy Reid's run D has been exponentially worse for the balance of the season. Football Outsiders rated K.C.'s pass defense No. 12 in the NFL -- buoyed by a strong pass rush -- but the Chiefs' run defense was an NFL-worst 32nd. The raw statistics are skewed by the fact that K.C. opponents often need to throw the ball to play catchup. Even then, the rushing numbers allowed don't look good. The Chiefs have given up 132.1 rushing yards per game, 27th in the NFL.