I’m thinking the Colts would like to thank Chiefs’ QB Matt Cassel for his performance as the Invisible Man on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium and while we’re at it, let’s give kudos to WR Dwayne Bowe for bringing his hands of stone as well.
Let’s face it Colts’ fans. . .the team got tested by a Chiefs’ defense that was better than we expected and if it weren’t for some gaffes by the boys from KC, I might be writing a blog about how great Matt Cassel is.
Mistake Number 1: An attempted onside kick by the Chiefs that was executed with the same perfection as Lindsay Lohan’s probation. K Ryan Succop’s kick only went 7 yds so the Colts took advantage of great field position early in the game and K Adam Vinatieri put Indy up 3-0 nine plays later.
Mistake Number 2: With about 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter, Chiefs’ Offensive Coordinator and Guru Charlie Weis (see Ugh above) calls a pass play for Cassel to Bowe on a 4th and 2 from the Colts’ 8 yd line which goes incomplete instead of kicking a field goal which would have tied the game and given some momentum back to KC.
Mistake Number 3: With just under 4 minutes left in the 3rd, Bowe drops a 1st down pass in the end zone that Betty White could have caught, drops another on 2nd down that Rose from the Titanic could have caught and then KC settles for a field goal two downs later.
Hold up Colts’ fans. . .I hear what you’re thinking. It wasn’t just their mistakes, we stopped the run. . .that’s cause for celebration. I’m not convinced giving up 113 yds is stopping the run but the Chiefs were kept out of the end zone, both on the ground and in the air.
And here’s the thing. . .our own ground game still ain’t where it’s supposed to be. I love Joseph Addai as an up and down runner but the draw play to him on Sunday just wasn’t working. The Chiefs’ defensive front line was all over him like white on rice. I’m thinking Colts’ Offensive Coordinator Clyde Christensen has got to address this problem before next week. . .especially if Addais’ new injury keeps him at less than full strength.
So it wasn’t a game where the Colts’ organization shows the highlights on the big screen at the Stadium every week. . .but Indy got the job done playing, if nothing else, good football with limited mistakes.
Oh yeah. . .Peyton did play by the way.
See ya later in the week.
About the Author
Written by Patrick Blakeslee
I am currently a full-time student at State University of New York at Cobleskill. As a life long fan of sports, I hope to bring some research, insight and knowledge to the readers.