Chiefs Offensive Woes
Well, who saw that coming? The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts 19-13 (lowest total for the Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback) in a Week 5 battle on Sunday Night Football. This was supposed to be an easy win for Chiefs, but they were not expecting the Colts defense to play as well as they did. The Colts had Patrick Mahomes on the run constantly and sacked him more times than he had been all season coming into this game. Late in the second quarter, LeSean McCoy fumbled inside field goal range to squander what would have been a chance to take the lead. They scored a whopping 3 points in the second half and were finally put away due to a failed onside kick with just over a minute left in the game. The Chiefs only mustered up 36 rushing yards in a lackluster effort to establish a running game. Now 4-1, the Chiefs are still at the top of the AFC West, but have some work to capture the AFC’s top seed.
Colts Old School Dominance
Head coach Frank Reich used his dominant offensive line to bully the Chiefs. The Colts used a smashmouth style of offense to burn the clock and minimize the Chiefs possessions. They pounded the rock 45 times for 180 rushing yards and out possessed the Chiefs 37:15 to 22:45. The Chiefs defensive line provided no pressure and looked like swiss cheese trying to clog running lanes. The Colts strategy was only able to work because their defense was stout enough (even without several key players) to hold the Chiefs offense to their least productive performance of the season. Colts move to 3-2 with this quality win.
Next week the Chiefs will host the Houston Texans. The Texans are coming off a dominating performance against the Falcons. Deshaun Watson threw for over 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. Will Fuller had a historic game going for 217 yards on 14 catches and 3 touchdowns. The secondary of the Chiefs has been prone to giving up big passing plays so expect a shootout at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday. As for some positive news heading into the Week 6 showdown, the Chiefs might have Tyreek Hill back for the first time since Week 1. Aside from their Week 5 anomaly where they struggled offensively, the Chiefs have been more than capable of putting up big point totals in Hill’s absence.