The Kansas City Chiefs close victory over the Minnesota Vikings last weekend hasn't earned them much national credibility, as Odds Shark has them as +1 underdogs when they travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts on Sunday.
The Colts and the Chiefs, two post-season teams last year, have fallen quickly from the ranks of the NFL's elite.
Without Peyton Manning, Indianapolis has had to turn the keys of their once high-powered offense to veteran retread Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter, a floppy-haired third-year QB who had thrown only 28 NFL passes prior to this season.
The Colts defense, built around edge rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis on the assumption that Manning would stake them out to early leads, has suffered as well, and Indianapolis comes into the game with a point differential of -45, fourth worst in the NFL.
Kansas City, meanwhile, leads the league in that category with a point differential of -77. Yet a win this weekend would put them at 2-3, potentially only a game back of second-place Oakland in the AFC West.