The Colts came into this game without anyone expecting them to compete in this game. But they proved a bunch of people wrong in this one, winning 19-13.
It was supposed to be a blowout. Patrick Mahomes was supposed to carve up this makeshift defense. But that was not the case. The Colts defense, missing multiple starters including both safeties, played an excellent game throughout the night.
The Chiefs offense struggled to move the ball the majority of the game. In fact, they only scored one touchdown in this one. The Colts pass rush was absolutely phenomenal and sacked Mahomes four times, which is more than he’d been sacked all year coming into this one.
Even though they have had issues stopping the running game, they were fantastic at it in this one. They only allowed 36 rushing yards. On the other end, the Colts killed the Chiefs on the ground, running it up the gut extremely effectively all game long. Marlon Mack was incredible, rushing for 132 yards.
Because of how good the running game was, the passing game didn’t need to be anything special. Jacoby Brissett actually wasn’t very good in this one. He threw a pick in the red zone that killed a drive in the first half. But he managed the game well enough in the end.
Adam Vinatieri has put his early season struggles behind him. He was money in this one, making all four field goals he attempted. He has kept his job, and made Frank Reich and Chris Ballard look smart for sticking by his side through those struggles.
Despite several awful rulings by the refs in this one, the Colts were able to play through the controversy. They showed an unbelievable amount of poise. They showed their toughness and their next-man-up mantra. This was the best performance from this team in recent memory considering the circumstances.
They have to keep the momentum from this one though. Just because they got a great win no one expected them to get, it doesn’t mean they can rest on their laurels. They have to keep playing with the same intensity when they come out of the bye week