Sunday Night wrapup: Colts steal one on the road against Chiefs

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The Chiefs might have finally lost one guy too many.

And the one who finished the game but isn’t 100 percent is the bigger issue.

With quarterback Patrick Mahomes limping on a bad left ankle, the Chiefs lost for the first time this season, with the Colts stealing a 19-13 win on the road.

After getting rolled up on by a teammate, Mahomes was no longer the same, unable to make plays on the move the way he did early in the night.

Without that element, and without injured wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins and seemingly half the defense, the Chiefs weren’t able to play the kind of dynamic football we’re used to seeing.

With time and a chance to heal, it’s possible they’ll get back to themselves. But if Mahomes is ailing, it will be so much harder for them to continue to outscore opponents — particularly good ones.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Frank Reich is not a good coach. Frank Reich is a great coach.

He helped the Colts from a 1-5 start to the playoffs last year, has endured the surprise retirement of his franchise quarterback, and walked into Kansas City without his best defensive player (Darius Leonard) and both starting safeties.

While his football acumen shows his background with Chiefs coach Andy Reid (also a great coach), his ability to manage people in difficult circumstances is the biggest indicator of his skill.

Plenty of coaches with better circumstances win less often, and Reich’s ability to keep the Colts competitive (and then some) is impressive.

Sunday, he made the simple decision to go death-by-a-thousand-cuts against an injury-depleted Chiefs defense.

It worked well, with a fourth-quarter field goal drive the best example. The Colts (3-2) ran on 12 of the 14 plays on that one, chewing up more than eight minutes of clock. Settling for three points was a letdown, except it had a bigger impact than the score could measure.

2. If the Chiefs have a weakness, it’s an offensive line that’s ordinary at best.

With all their skill position talent, it’s easier to hide, but missing left tackle Eric Fisher (out following core muscle surgery) makes a difference.

Pinning it all on replacement Cameron Erving‘s not fair, but the group is thin overall and not great on the left side, and it got worse when left guard Andrew Wylie was injured.

They allowed too much pressure to a Colts defense that’s undermanned as well, and failed in the ultimate job of any line — keeping the flies off their quarterback.

3. On the other hand, the Colts were able to exert themselves, thanks to a line that made the quick transition last year from one of the worst to one of the best.

Since they don’t get recognized often enough, it’s worth it to say their names whenever you get a chance. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo, left guard Quenton Nelson, center Ryan Kelly, right guard Mark Glowinski, and right tackle Braden Smith have combined to become a group that creates the personality of a team.

It’s far from glamorous, but neither are the Colts. Which makes the whole thing work.

4. When kicker Adam Vinatieri was struggling, there was speculation he might retire, or the Colts might make that decision for him.

Sunday, he did his job, hitting three short field goals (32, 32, and 29) when points were scarce.

Trusting the league’s all-time leading scorer is easy in theory, but after he missed five kicks in the first two weeks, it would be understandable to worry.

But like so many things about his team, he seems to fit what the personality Reich’s trying to establish.

5. The Chiefs have some obvious firepower, but a bit of fire as well.

NBC’s cameras caught tight end Travis Kelce and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy having a rather animated conversation on the sidelines. At the end of the exchange, Kelce gave Bieniemy a shove, and it didn’t appear playful.

The two later hugged it out, but sometimes a collection of high achievers with big personalities will create some friction. The difference with the Chiefs (at least in the global sense) appears to be their ability to handle it.

74 responses to “Sunday Night wrapup: Colts steal one on the road against Chiefs

  1. Who ever talks trash about Frank Reich shouldn’t. That is one impressive coach. The Colts Organization is probably very thankful Josh McDaniels backed out.

  2. The Colts played the Chiefs like the 2018 Patriots in that AFC championship game. Just watch these highlights. All these teams have to do is run the ball, get a pass rush on Mahomes, and own the time of possession. Good game.

  3. KC looking very vulnerable now. Mahomes magic alone won’t save them in Foxboro if they meet again in the title game. I thought Pats slowed down a bit past 2 weeks, but now they’re looking way better. That Pats D is going to harass KC all game, and they will probably run for like 150-200+ yds on em.

  4. 49ers are the best team in the nfl.
    Browns are gonna get steamrolled tomorrow night, and we’ll remain undefeated. Nobody can beat this team. We going to the superbowl to represent the nfc.

  5. The Chiefs remind me of the old Peyton Manning Colts, one-dimensional and weak in all phases of the game except the passing game. Mahomes is a freak of nature, but once teams become more and more aware of his weaknesses, the Chiefs will start to become average.

  6. Are the Colts playoff contenders or did they just have one phenomenal game? One thing is for sure, the Chiefs will not win a super bowl with that offensive line, Andy Reid’s horrible clock management, and the subpar defense. It’s not happening. Belichick says hi.

  7. Good teams can win shootouts. Great teams find a way to win the grind it out games. Colts played to keep Mahomes on the sidelines and it worked. And props to the defense for keeping him on the run. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a rematch in January.

  8. 6burgh says:
    October 6, 2019 at 11:39 pm
    Who ever talks trash about Frank Reich shouldn’t. That is one impressive coach. The Colts Organization is probably very thankful Josh McDaniels backed out.

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    Yeah, it’s not like McDaniels has accomplished anything in the past two seasons, right?

  9. Colts didn’t steal anything! They played safe, sound, and SMART football and dominated KC. No need to pass the ball when you can ground and pound. Colts are going to be even better when they get their starters back!

  10. KC plays great when they have a lead, but they are a one-dimensional offense and are a finesse team, they aren’t the same once playing from behind vs a good team.

  11. Refs are a hot mess we all know that, but that phantom call on TY is all i needed to know how the NFL wants to predetermine certain outcomes.

  12. All the mahomes haters cracks me up. He was missing starters at wr, te, online, and he played on an injured ankle. And it’s his first loss. The chiefs will be alright once all their missing starters return and mahomes ankle heals, then yall can return to being angry hateful trolls because mahomes and the chiefs will be 100% blowing out their opponents. I don’t care for the chiefs but they’re unstoppable when they have their starters on offense and mahomes isn’t playing on one leg. You have to respect greatness. Hating only makes you look like an idiot.

  13. Got hosed by horrendous calls all night and still won. The NFL wants mahomes and Brady in the title game in the worst way.

  14. The Colts didn’t steal anything. Their lines bullied the Chiefs and took their lunch money. They beat the Chiefs straight up! Sometimes I just love these old school battle of the line of scrimmage games!

  15. OverModerated says:
    October 6, 2019 at 11:54 pm
    6burgh says:
    October 6, 2019 at 11:39 pm
    Who ever talks trash about Frank Reich shouldn’t. That is one impressive coach. The Colts Organization is probably very thankful Josh McDaniels backed out.

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    Yeah, it’s not like McDaniels has accomplished anything in the past two seasons, right?

    19 14 Rate This

    Not as a Head Coach he hasn’t. Helps when you have one of the greatest head coach’s looking over your shoulder.

  16. Colts didn’t steal anything. They beat the heck out of a finesse team because they are a well built and hungry roster, 1-53 with a great coaching staff and GM who gets it. The Chiefs have the best football player on Earth at QB, and then 52 guys and an entire coaching staff who lean on him for their paychecks. With a few veterans on D who got paid already so they don’t care anymore. That’s what you’re seeing.

    Reid is a great QB coach. Veach was a great college scout. But being a position coach is not the same as being a head coach, and being a scout is not the same as being a GM.

    Mahomes has carried the Chiefs for around 20 games now, and in those 20 games the roster has gotten gradually worse due to injuries and horrible personnel choices. Football is the ultimate team sport, and nothing will ever change that. The Chiefs will turn Mahomes into the next Marino if things don’t change in a hurry. Plain and simple. And with the current power structure, it will not change.

    -Chief fan

  17. Pssst… Patrick Mahomes has thrown 1 TD pass in his last two games and the Chiefs defense looks somehow worse than last year. Don’t look now, but the Chiefs might not even make the AFCCG…

  18. Lmao ppl stop it, colts did not win that game, the chiefs lost it with the 13+ injuries, get a clue, as a Pats fan i can honestly say colts would have been steam rolled if the Chiefs were healthy, yes colts were down 3 starters, but the chiefs were down over 13 and had an injured QB. Think before you post ppl. The AFC still goes thru Pats and Chiefs!!

  19. patswinyoucry says:
    October 6, 2019 at 11:37 pm
    Mahomes has looked really good the last two weeks, said no one.

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    Although there is truth there I don’t think we should be smack talking. Im glad the Patriots got the W but you can see that we have issues of our own that if we don’t fix them are going to bite us against some of the upcoming opponents.

  20. Not taking anything away from the Colts, they played a great game, but I’ve seen enough to know that the performance from Mahomes was below average by his standards. I wouldn’t necessarily count them out of anything, yet.

  21. Tonite pretty much confirms why Marty Schottenheimer I mean Andy Reid is the Coach who will get in your way of going and win a Championship, 4th and 1 and instead of putting the ball in your MVP hands with a spread offense and a multitude of options, good ole Andy decided to put all his eggs in one basket by running right into the teeth of the defense that play had dinosaur written all over it.

  22. Ehh, the Colts were super injured too, and they started their backup quarterback. Their corners were beat up all game. KC got some bad luck with injuries, but even their d-line was healthy early they couldn’t stop the run. Still, i don’t know what the doom and gloom is about for them. When Watkins and Hill get back, nobody’s going to want to play them. Reich and Eberflus were perfect from a coaching standpoint, and Brisett, as good a backup as he is, looked to have some major accuracy issues throwing downfield. It was a hard fought win for them for sure, but that Colts line is downright mind blowing, at least in terms of how quickly they’ve gotten to be so good. One of the best in football for sure, and possibly the best at run blocking.

    Pringle for the Chiefs looked great. He made quite a few plays when the ball cane his way. Kelce looked much worse than his stat line, and he lost his temper a few times. If I had to bet, I wouldn’t be surprised if he psyched himself out of the game because he got so worked up after missing a few catches early. He didn’t look good tonight to me, though he had a decent night in terms of yardage. He missed on too many plays and had a couple of bad penalties (false start, OPI).

  23. Great win for the Colts. Mahomes is now facing his first real adversity as an NFL starter with injuries to offensive teammates and his own banged up ankle. He is obviously a great young player and it will be interesting to watch how he responds to this adversity.

  24. OverModerated says:
    October 6, 2019 at 11:54 pm
    6burgh says:
    October 6, 2019 at 11:39 pm
    Yeah, it’s not like McDaniels has accomplished anything in the past two seasons, right?
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    Exactly what has Josh McDaniels accomplished? He needs Brady in order to succeed. Does Brady really need an OC? It seems any OC that goes out on their own without Brady fails miserably. Lesson here is, coaches are more dependent on players.

  25. I’ve never been a Colts fan, but that was impressive last night. Their O-line made all their running backs look like all-pros, and even their depleted defensive secondary played a good game. If the Colts can develop some semblance of a passing game on offense, watch out.

  26. “Exactly what has Josh McDaniels accomplished? He needs Brady in order to succeed. Does Brady really need an OC? It seems any OC that goes out on their own without Brady fails miserably. Lesson here is, coaches are more dependent on players.”

    These posters know its a “team” sport, right?

  27. That, folks, was an Andy Reid special. Lay an egg at home against an opponent you should beat. No adjustments, flat offense. “I need to do a better job, that’s on me.”

  28. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 7, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Exactly what has Josh McDaniels accomplished? He needs Brady in order to succeed. Does Brady really need an OC?
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    Wait a minute – I thought he was ‘two yard Tom’ and a ‘system QB’? Now you’re saying he’s carrying the OC? Which is it, exactly?

  29. I think what is meant by stole the game, is the Refs and Roger did everything possible to make sure the, protected team, Chiefs won the game, but idiot Andy still found a way to lose, including once again neglect having a even average Defense and a very marginal O-line.

    The phantom offensive PI call on TY was clear evidence of the NFL protecting the Chiefs and doing everything possible to give them the game.

  30. Excuses, excuses. I got so many thumbs down when I said KC wasn’t anything last week. The Lions kicked their tail. If not except for a couple of unforced turnovers, a minimum of 13 points difference, Detroit would have rolled in a laffer!

  31. dualprime says:
    October 7, 2019 at 7:20 am
    Chiefs at full strength are the best team in the NFL.
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    I’d love to hear some more analysis from you on this to see what you base it on, especially your thoughts on how great their defense is.

  32. Patriots’ fans are loving this because this just confirmed that New England isn’t the only team in the AFC that can beat the Chiefs. Sometimes, it can be more fun to watch other teams do the dirty work for once.

  33. Biggest takeaway from yesterday’s games: Frank Reich is a much better coach than most expected or give him credit for…

  34. Colts didn’t “steal” anything. They punched KC in the mouth and won the game. Congrats Colts on winning a game that none of the talking heads said you could win.
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    Love all the scared Pats fans on here. They know that if the Colts can run on the Chiefs in October, and keep Mahomes on the sidelines, they can do the same thing to Brady in January in Foxboro.

  35. jjackwagon says:
    October 8, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Love all the scared Pats fans on here. They know that if the Colts can run on the Chiefs in October, and keep Mahomes on the sidelines, they can do the same thing to Brady in January in Foxboro.
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    Why not take your fantasy all the way and have NE playing in Indy in January?

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