Chiefs at Colts: Winners & Losers

 27 replies

The good news is that the Chiefs decided they would lose the game they had no business losing in Week 3. The bad news is that the Chiefs decided to lose a game they had no business losing, and against a Colts team that has looked pretty dreadful the first two weeks of the season.

My favorite term to use after a team loses a game like this, Chiefs or not, is “shit happens” because shit does in fact happen. The fact that people have a hard time accepting that is their own fault. That being said, let’s do this.

Winner: What ever hope Colts fans had for their season

The Colts had not been a good football team through the first two weeks of the season. They tied the Houston Texans in Week 1, and they’re lucky they even tied that game because they effectively no showed for three quarters of that game. No problem, it’s only the first game. Watch film, come back and be better next week, right?

Wrong.

The Colts had even worse of a no-show performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars the following week and got absolutely bodied the entire day. So of course they find a way to beat the Chiefs in Week 3. Now they’re 1-1-1, and because the AFC South isn’t good, they’re still looking good in the division.

Loser: Every single part of special teams not named Tommy Townsend

Congrats Tommy Townsend, you’re the only special teamer that didn’t have an abysmal day. Matt Amendola, was released on Monday, which was longer than I thought it would take to cut him. Do you know how awful of a day you have to have for the team to cut you, and in the ensuing media availability get up there and basically say “we don’t even know if Butker will play Sunday, but we’ll just wing it and see what happens”?

Skyy Moore muffed a punt that led to a touchdown, and then immediately decided to not field a punt that got downed inside the five-yard line. I’m sure Chiefs fans are wanting Hardman returning punts again now.

Isiah Pacheco looked about as bad as you can look returning kicks (which is really hard to do, if you think about it).

Last but not least, the dreaded fake field goal. Look, I don’t really care if the Chiefs fake a field goal. Just don’t do it on fourth and 10. At the bare minimum, come up with something more creative than basically a fire drill fake.

Winner: The defense

Back-to-back stellar performances by the defense. The investments that Brett Veach and this staff have made are already paying big time. Even more impressive is that they’re currently missing two starters.

Frank Clark looked good again for the second week in a row, a big boost to this defense and certain people’s narratives. Nick Bolton looks like he could very well be one of the best linebackers in the NFL, and it looks like once Carlos Dunlap gets a real handle on the scheme, he’s going to be a force out there.

Oh, by the way, Khalen Saunders has somehow turned into our second-best interior lineman. The Chiefs are 11th in overall EPA/play on defense and 10th in EPA/dropback. Suffice to say that they’re good.

Loser: Orlando Brown

Not his best performance, but as I mentioned earlier, shit happens. You know it’s simply not your day when you fall over because you stepped on your teammate’s foot and end up giving up an immediate pressure to your quarterback.

That wasn’t the only thing that went wrong, and all in all Sunday wasn’t his best day. It happens, and he’s going to be fine. He was a top-10 left tackle in the league last year, and I’m willing to bet an insane amount of money that he didn’t forget how to play football between January and now.

Winner: Somehow the Chiefs

The Chiefs’ schedule this year looks like someone decided they were going to create a real life version of the Mortal Kombat tower and set the difficulty to very hard. Needless to say, they kind of need to win games against inferior teams.

They didn’t do that Sunday, but the good news is the Bills lost, the Chargers got their face beat in by the Jaguars, the Broncos offense looks like a high school team, and to be totally honest I’m still not sold on the Dolphins.

The Chiefs may have lost, but they didn’t lose any ground!

Loser: Any kind of critical thinking skills

Let’s be completely honest here. The average fan is not very smart when it comes to the intricacies of football. There’s no denying that, and quite frankly, if you do deny it, you probably land in the “not very football smart” category. For some reason, when the Chiefs lose, any little bit of critical thinking skills that any Chiefs fan has goes straight out the 23rd story window.

That being said, the Chiefs’ offense is fine. They’re second in EPA/play on offense, and all you have to do is look at their drive charts to see that they were able to move the ball on offense on Sunday.

They’re 10th in EPA/play the last two games, so I’m not sure where the whole “they’ve been miserable on offense” narrative is coming from. They outperformed the Colts in two of the three phases of them, so I’m not sure where the “they deserved to lose” narrative came from.

Bienemy and Mahomes had a disagreement, again, shit happens. He doesn’t call the plays, which should be common knowledge but somehow isn’t. There is no Bienemy situation. They had a bad day on special teams. Other than that, they played pretty well. It just so happens that the one phase they didn’t play well in was the one that turned out to be the difference.

Have they been perfect? Of course not. Have they made mistakes? You bet they have. Have they still been good? Well, if you stop and take a look at publicly available information you would see that they still have, just not up to the standard they’ve set.

What’s our motto for this week? Shit happens.

4 4 votes
Article Rating

Subscribe
Notify of
27 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
ChiefDog
09/27/2022 5:18 pm

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ
09/27/2022 5:17 pm

Someone should note — Tommy Townsend threw a crappy short uncatchable pass… failing to givie our guy a chance to make a play.

Colquit would have completed that pass.

Ransom_
Ransom_
Reply to  ProfChesterTQ
09/27/2022 10:09 pm

comment image

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
09/27/2022 3:39 pm

Losers: Andy & EB. They got schooled by the DC for the colts. How they managed to not get this team in the EZ enough to beat a way below average colts team is embarrassing. Even without a ground attack they should have lit these guys up. But as you say, …. happens.

Last edited 2 months ago by probablyamistake
probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/27/2022 4:22 pm

And another thing. If Andy is calling the plays and that’s suppose to be comforting it isn’t. I was willing to pin this lose and the AFCCG on EB. If Andy was in complete control of these games with these results, that has me concerned about our chances. I assumed Andy wouldn’t let that happen again in the playoffs, he would take over.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/27/2022 5:10 pm

i don’t know… the play calling the last two weeks doesn’t seem to fit Andy’s modus operandi. The play calling seems to be from someone that likes to run first and save the passes for 3rd downs… I’m exaggerating, but at times it does feel like I’m watching a Gunther Cunningham, Jimmy Raye offense that thinks we still have Elvis Grbac and not the GOAT Heir Apparent.

I mean, Patrick Mahomes was arguing with EB and not Mr Andy…. one would typically take their concerns straight to the horse’s mouth and not the court jester?

Last edited 2 months ago by ProfChesterTQ
zulu trader
zulu trader
09/27/2022 1:47 pm

Trelyday03, thanks for the work! Where you been???

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
09/27/2022 1:31 pm

Frank played better Sunday. I’m still looking forward to Danna being back.

upamtn
09/27/2022 1:13 pm

the offense, which was realy good in games 1 and 2 was horribly inefficient Sunday vs Colts, esp on 1st Down … zero running game all day and most of the vertical routes the offense tried to run didn’t have enough time to develop … while Mahomes was forced to run around and buy time, but even then had to try and force throws to guys who were basically covered

glad you’re back, Trely but let’s not sugarcoat it TOO much: both ST’s and Offense were miserable on Sunday

here’s to a far better game vs Brady & The Bucs

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  upamtn
09/27/2022 1:30 pm

I didn’t really see that for the most part. Chiefs problem Sunday was finishing. They had 3 longs drives in the second half. A lot of 1st down runs for decent yardage. But when they got deep into the opponents territory they just crapped the bed. 3 50+ yard drives and they got 3 points.

On a similar note, few chunk plays. They had the one juju broke and there was the trick play, but for the most part they played the long drive, burn clock mantra but that only works if you cash in. 3 points in 3 long drives is inexcusable and it starts with the idiotic fake punt.

upamtn
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
09/27/2022 3:07 pm

Juju was maybe the lone bright light on offense

Nasrani
09/27/2022 12:14 pm

Winner: Darius Harris. He stepped in for Willie Gay’s role and performed with aplomb. I think that’s something that’s going a bit under the radar.

upamtn
Reply to  Nasrani
09/27/2022 1:13 pm

yah, love the LB’s this season … a very good and deep group

Slayer0810
Slayer0810
Reply to  Nasrani
09/27/2022 3:07 pm

Thought Harris looked a bit slow on one of the first plays of the defense where he had to move sideline-to-sideline, but then the Colts didn’t really come back to attacking him much the rest of the day. I’ll be interested to see if he can hold up against the Bucs and the Bills when they’ll definitely (or probably, in the case of the Bucs with no healthy WRs) be testing those short / intermediate routes.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan
09/27/2022 12:05 pm

Winner, the Colts special teams. Looser Chris Jones’s mouth.

Tony Sommer
09/27/2022 12:02 pm

They’re 10th in EPA/play the last two games, so I’m not sure where the whole “they’ve been miserable on offense” narrative is coming from.

The expectations are just so high that anything short of perfection is seen as sucking.

upamtn
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/27/2022 1:15 pm

what was the EPA in ONLY the Colts game? separate it all from precious games and the stats show exactly what the eyes saw: Sunday was a miserable game for the Offense

Tony Sommer
Reply to  upamtn
09/27/2022 1:31 pm

I don’t know where it ranked, but it was 0.05 which is pretty average.

upamtn
Reply to  trelyday03
09/27/2022 3:09 pm

and what, 3 decent drives 2nd half resulting in 3 pts … that’s an offensive offense

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  upamtn
09/27/2022 3:45 pm

What if?

Chiefs don’t muff that punt. They have butker. With butker they try at the end of half and get 3 pts. They kick 3 fgs on their 3 drives in the 2nd. Final score chiefs 26 colts 13.

We’d be sitting lamenting that it felt like we should have won by more than 13 which we should have.

Honestly that’s what this game felt like. A 26-13 game where we should have scored 38.

upamtn
Reply to  trelyday03
09/27/2022 8:39 pm

True

MasterChief
MasterChief
09/27/2022 11:41 am

I agree. I don’t think our last game is who we are. I think we’ll be fine. We clearly beat ourselves.

LOSERS

  • The guys in the game threads calling for Veach to not be in charge of bringing in talent (lol) and calling for Toub to be fired, as if there are ST coaches of that caliber just waiting in the wings. ??
upamtn
Reply to  MasterChief
09/27/2022 1:17 pm

agree … Toub is the best in the business, has been for years … Moore made a couple of rookie mistakes (and after all, he IS a rookie) and Amendola … well, he’s gone (plus that “fake punt” thing, ouch)

27
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x