Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs Recap: Foles steals the show while Smith exits due to injury

Colts struggle for another week while their defense shoots itself in the foot.

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

RECORD: 3-5

CONFERENCE RECORD: 1-2

NEXT OPPONENT: Green Bay Packers 

GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Indiana 

BETTING LINE: 46

OVER/UNDER: -4.9 IND

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 

RECORD: 5-2

CONFERENCE RECORD: 2-0

NEXT OPPONENT: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 

FINAL LINE SCORE

Team 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final
Kansas City 3 14 7 6 30
Indianapolis 0 7 7 0 14

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS STATS

TOP PASSER: Andrew Luck 19-35 210 Yards 2TDs 1INT

TOP RUSHER: Andrew Luck 9 Car 60 Yards

TOP RECEIVER: Donte Moncrief 4rec 41 yards 1TD

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Clayton Geathers 8 Total 6 Solo 1 TFL

PLAYER OF THE GAME: NICK FOLES

PLAYER STATS:

This is the game that makes the Nick Foles signing look like one of the best offseason moves the Chiefs made. We all miss Chase, but Foles looked poised in the pocket as he went 16/22, 223 Yards and 2 TDs. Foles was able to spread the ball efficiently with no turnovers. If Alex Smith is out for a considerable amount of time, Chiefs fans can rely on Foles to get the job done.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS STATS

TOP PASSER: Nick Foles 16-22 223 Yards 2TDs

TOP RUSHER: Charcandrick West 14 Car 52 Yards

TOP RECEIVER: Travis Kelce 7 rec 101 yards 1TD

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Phillip Gaines 4 tackles 1INT

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS POSITION GROUP RATINGS

OFFENSIVE LINE: 4/10

Andrew Luck stays the most sacked QB in the league with 6 sacks. Kelly still continues to play tremendously at center but the supporting cast is looking very weak.

SECONDARY: 3/10 

This secondary is arguably the worst in the league. They allowed a backup QB to waltz all over them like a superstar. I will be praying for them as Aaron Rodgers will be dominating the air next week.

COACHING: 5/10

I honestly hope that the Colts organization can realize that Chuck Pagano is no longer the fit for them. His defense is weak and has made little progress on developing the O-line. 

GAME ANALYSIS

In a re-match of the exciting (or devastating, depending on who you root for) 2013 Wild Card match-up, the Chiefs traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since 2013, seeking revenge for their 45-44 loss. The Chiefs avenged their 2013 loss in an exciting and 30-14 victory despite losing key players Alex Smith and Spencer Ware to injury.

Without Spencer Ware, the Chiefs run-game was not as potent as per usual and for the Colts, Andrew Luck was the teams’ leading rusher with 60 yards on 9 attempts. The game was mostly decided by the pass game, with a combined 560 yards.

Nick Foles stepped up to the helm quite nicely and went 16/22 for 223 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. Andrew Luck on the other hand, went 19/35 for 210 yards, with 2 TD, 1INT, and 1 fumble lost. Before his concussion, Alex Smith looked to be having a standard Alex Smith day but after the first hit to the head, he appeared shaken and was not his usual, accurate self. His stats at the end of the day were 9/19 for 127 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT.

The Chiefs’ defense was the difference maker today, limiting Frank Gore to only 37 yards on the ground and T.Y. Hilton to only one catch for 20 yards (although he did have hamstring issues). The Chiefs’ D also had 6 sacks on Andrew Luck with Dee Ford finally showing improvement with 3.5 sacks on the day.

Unlike the Saints game, Andy did not become conservative with the lead from the start as the Colts never held the lead once. The Colts fall to 3-5, the Chiefs move up to 5-2. The Colts have the Packers coming up next week, the Chiefs have the Jaguars.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS POSITION GROUP RATINGS

RUNNING BACKS: 7/10 

This game was not won on the ground as the run game never really got going against a porous Colts defense. West was able to step into Ware’s position and run the ball well against a lackluster defense.

WIDE RECEIVERS: 9/10

What a game for pass catchers! Kelce had a great day and Tyreek Hill’s speed is starting to really become a factor on offense. Even Chris Conley who has seen a decline in snaps the last couple of weeks made some nice plays.

SPECIAL TEAMS: 8/10 

The only thing in question about special teams is the attempted onside kick that set the Colts up with a short field allowing them to get their first touchdown.

*Iain Blair collaborated on this article.

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Born by a couple of Ohioans, I’ve grown up bleeding scarlet and grey. It was a good thing the Browns and Bengals sucked when I was growing up, so instead I immersed myself into the glory of Peyton Manning’s Colts. Now I bleed blue full time and provide the latest in Colts news.
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Born by a couple of Ohioans, I’ve grown up bleeding scarlet and grey. It was a good thing the Browns and Bengals sucked when I was growing up, so instead I immersed myself into the glory of Peyton Manning’s Colts. Now I bleed blue full time and provide the latest in Colts news.
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