NFL Reporter: Colts Flash Blueprint For Beating Chiefs

The Colts dominated both lines of scrimmage Sunday night, as the Chiefs mustered just three points in the second half

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 07, 2019 - 9:21 am
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The Kansas City Chiefs fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday night, losing to the Indianapolis Colts 19-13. The Chiefs, who entered Week 5 averaging 33.8 points per game, mustered just one touchdown and were held to three points in the second half, as the Colts dominated both lines of scrimmage, held the ball for over 37 minutes and sacked Patrick Mahomes four times.

Did the Colts reveal the formula for beating the Chiefs?

“Yeah, a little bit,” Kansas City Star reporter Blair Kerkhoff said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “The origin of this came in the AFC title game last year when the Chiefs didn’t score in the first half against the Patriots. They figured it out in the second half and ended up scoring 31 in the game, but it was the Patriots playing man coverage and double-teaming Tyreek Hill. The last couple weeks without Hill in the lineup, the Lions and the Colts paid extra attention to Travis Kelce and the Chiefs just weren’t good enough to overcome that. So yeah, there is something of a blueprint out there now for the Chiefs.”

The Colts rushed 45 times for 180 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and one touchdown, with Marlon Mack (29 carries for 132 yards) doing most of the damage. Indianapolis converted two fourth downs in the fourth quarter to keep the chains – and the clock – moving.

Mahomes finished 22-of-39 for 321 yards and a score, but Kelce was relatively quiet, finishing with four catches for 70 yards on 10 targets. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Mahomes tweaked his ankle yet again in the loss.

“That is something absolutely to keep an eye on this week, the mobility of Patrick Mahomes,” Kerkhoff said. “It didn’t seem to hurt him last week in Detroit, but he didn’t take off and run tonight when it would have benefited the Chiefs to do so.”

The Chiefs (4-1) host the Texans (3-2) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Houston has won three of four since its season-opening loss in New Orleans.