The Chiefs will have a tough time getting home field advantage with this loss but that’s not the biggest concern. The Indianapolis Colts showed how to beat the Chiefs. Unfortunately, it’s not that complicated, but it’s still not easy. If you have a defensive line that can get any kind of push you have a shot. All other teams should have a lot more confidence going up against the Chiefs.
Now, I don’t expect the Chiefs to lose many games. It’s just that they had a reputation that helped their opponents beat themselves before the game even started. The entire country is watching this game and every team will have more confidence than they otherwise would have because of this performance by the Colts.
In the grand scheme of things I don’t expect this loss to mean much of anything. Other teams are going to lose games they shouldn’t lose. I expected from the beginning of the season for the Chiefs to have to travel to New England in the playoffs and win there to get to the Super Bowl. This doesn’t change that. This just gives the Chiefs a loss earlier than anyone expected.
The biggest concern coming out of this game is probably all of the injuries the team has to deal with. We’ll learn later this week how bad it is on the injury front.
Patrick Mahomes is still incredible. Down 7-3 in the second quarter, Mahomes scrambled 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage, eventually got around the Colts pass rush and threw a laser on the run to the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown. Mahomes actually threw the ball from beyond the 30 yard line. The touchdown put the Chiefs up 10-7.
When Patrick Mahomes had time to pass, which was rare, he was just off for the second consecutive game.
S Tyrann Matthieu had a big interception with the Colts driving in the second quarter in a 10-10 game. Matthieu also had a huge stop on a puzzling play call by Indianapolis when they tried to trick the Chiefs defense for some reason on a third down when they should have kept running over the Chiefs up the middle.
WR Byron Pringle had his first professional touchdown on the scramble throw by Patrick Mahomes in the second quarter. On a down note, Pringle failed to get a critical first down when he ran towards the sideline instead of putting his head down and getting a couple of yards up field.
Room for Improvement:
TE Travis Kelce had trouble holding on to passes early in the game. He and OC Eric Bienemy got into it a little on the sideline before making up. Kelce has to be a reliable outlet for Mahomes and he wasn’t in this game.
CB Bashaud Breeland had four holding penalties in the game. He has played pretty well this season but struggled in this game. He missed some big tackles as well.
The entire offensive line struggled in this game. The Colts had a good pass rush but the Chiefs’ line was just too easy to bust through. It led to Mahomes re-injuring his ankle and being under pressure almost every time he dropped back to pass. Cam Erving seemed to have the most trouble in this one. The Chiefs need an answer other than Cam Erving. The only thing Patrick Mahomes needs to have success is a little time. He doesn’t need a lot. Just a little. He had no time in this game.
Andy Reid’s decision to run on fourth and short with less than six minutes remaining in the game was a huge mistake. You have to give Patrick Mahomes the ball in that situation.
The Chiefs host the Houston Texans on Sunday at noon on CBS. Houston leads the AFC South with a 3-2 record. The Chiefs opened as an 8 1/2 point favorite but the line has dropped to 7 1/2.