The Chiefs had a game plan the entire week leading up to their match up with the Indianapolis Colts, one plan which was an opening kickoff onside kick. The Chiefs gambled and came up snake eyes, they did not recover the onside kick and gave the Colts a quick 3 point lead.
Kansas City new that they would have to play lights out to steal a win out of Indy, but the offense was just unable to get in the end zone resulting in a 19-9 loss. The Chiefs flustered and confused Peyton Manning the entire day, not allowing Manning to throw a touchdown or throw over 300 yards in 44 attempts. A mixture of nickel and dime coverages kept Manning in check, but it was the play of young running back Mike Hart that put the Colts ahead for good.
Romeo Crennel did an amazing job game planning for Manning and Co., and I must admit I said if they could hold Manning in check they would win. I was wrong in that sense. But their is a lot of good to be taken away from this game, the defense is one of the tops in the NFL, but the offense is a different story.
Matt Cassel went through a stretch where he could not complete a pass if his life depended on it, it was utterly embarrassing. The positives are the play of Jamaal Charles and the offensive line who came into the game battered and left, battered. Cassel went 16/29 for 156 yards, with Charles rushing the ball 16 times for 87 yards. Rookie tight end Tony Moeaki has continued to be Cassel’s main target catching 4 balls for 50 yards.
Derrick Johnson and Brandon Flowers lead the Chiefs D with 7 tackles a piece. The defense was flying around all afternoon which is why this is such a depressing loss for the team. The offense was unable to help out the defense with Cassel’s inaccuracy. Ryan Succop was the Chiefs offensive powerhouse has he booted 3 field goals, but was unable to put the Chiefs within 7 with a minute and a half left, missing a 51-yarder.
This was not a special teams issue or a defensive issue. What it comes down to is the onside kick, the missed opportunity at the goal line where the Chiefs went for it on fourth and two, and lack luster play from Cassel. Coach Todd Haley told the press that the Chiefs are not a good team, and that he would have said that even if they won the game. Not exactly something you want to say to instill lasting confidence in your team going into next week.
Next week in Houston, the Chiefs face another tough task against a high flying, young Texan team. I know Chiefs fans are not happy with Haley after some of the calls he made yesterday, but with the fast paced, intense play of the Chiefs good signs point onward and throughout the season. Check back later in the week for a outlook into Houston.
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Written by Vince Sapienza
I am a sports enthusiast pursuing an undergraduate degree in Television Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies with a deep passion and love for all that is sports.