--Team president Bill Polian has been impressed by what he's seen of the Chiefs and the turnaround of the program there.
"They're 3-0 because they're playing good football. What makes it tougher for us is Charlie Weis, their offensive coordinator, and Romeo Crennel -- their defensive coordinator -- were both with the New England Patriots when we played them every year with all the marbles on the line. They found a way to play us and beat us. That stands them in good stead. This is another team -- like Houston, like Jacksonville -- that knows how they want to play us. Romeo did a great job of rope-a-dope when he was in Cleveland as the head coach (in 2008). They know how to play us," Polian said.
--The New England factor could serve Kansas City well this week, according to Polian.
"They have many more weapons -- Charlie does -- at their disposal than Romeo did in Cleveland. They have a dynamic third-down player (Dexter McCluster), a return guy, a home-run hitter. They have (running back) Thomas Jones and they have (running back) Jamaal Charles, who's averaging seven yards a carry. So, Charlie can come at you with a three-headed attack," he said.
"In the return game, they have Javier Arenas, a rookie who is as good and as exciting a return man as there is in football. Scott Pioli, their general manager, had the opportunity of two good drafts, and he has done a good job. This team is for real. They're going to be in the hunt the whole way, and it's a tough ball game on our part."
--While Indianapolis has played three of its first four games on the road, Caldwell isn't using that as an excuse for the team's up-and-down play so far this season.
"We certainly don't use that as an excuse. One of the things, I think, we've been experiencing is just so much inconsistency. Typically, we've been able to put back-to-back quarters together where we've played extremely well and string them along game after game after game, but we've been rather sporadic. I think that probably has as much to do with it as anything," the Colts coach said.
"Maybe one side of the ball is clicking, the other side is not. I think the inconsistent play probably has as much to do with it as anything else. Home and away for us, we've certainly been able to play well on the road, and we've been able to play well at home. That's what we have to get back to."
--In addition to the three road games, Caldwell says that the recent long list of injuries hasn't played that big a factor with the team's inconsistent play.
"I don't think that ever comes into play, to be honest with you. We never use that. We never focus on that line of thinking. Whoever is there is expected to play and play well," he said.
"Like I said, we always embrace those challenges, and typically we come out on the right side of the ledger. Right now, we have to be able to just make certain that we get some solid, consistent play all across the board."
--QB Peyton Manning has a 4-1 record against Kansas City. He has completed 103-of-171 passes for 1,399 yards, nine touchdowns, four interceptions and has a 94.2 career passer rating.
--Manning has thrown for 250 or more yards three times in five career games with the Chiefs. He has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in two of the five career games against Kansas City.
--WR Reggie Wayne has caught four touchdown passes in his past four games with the Chiefs, including postseason games.
--Wayne needs 151 receiving yards to reach 10,000 for his career. He has 9,849 receiving yards.
--Wayne (33) and WR Austin Collie (32) have combined for 65 receptions through the first four games of the 2010 season. They are the only teammates in the NFL with 30 catches apiece.
--Collie has caught a touchdown pass in his first four games this season.
--TE Dallas Clark has caught three touchdown passes in his last four games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"You just never know. You see teams that come together and gel and play well, year-to-year, week-to-week. Sometimes that changes. But they certainly are playing well." -- Coach Jim Caldwell on the surprising Chiefs and their 3-0 record to begin the 2010 season.
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