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Halftime report: Colts 13, Chiefs 7

Updated: 2013-12-22T19:42:35Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs trail the Colts 13-7. Here are some quick observations.

1. In a mild surprise, it appears cornerback Marcus Cooper has been benched. He only saw time on special teams in the first half, and Dunta Robinson got all his snaps in the Chiefs' defensive subpackages. Brandon Flowers, who had been playing the nickel in those packages, has assumed Cooper's position at left cornerback while Robinson has taken Flowers' place at nickel.

For the record, I like the move. Flowers tweaked his groin against Oakland last week and has is much more comfortable (and effective) on the outside. Cooper, of course, has also been struggling of late. Perhaps it's good if he gets a chance to sit and get his head together while a veteran like Robinson gets a crack at redemption.

2. If you're the Chiefs, Knile Davis' second-quarter fumble was unfortunate on many levels. He has a reputation as a fumbler, but hadn't lost one all season. At his best, he's a dynamic guy that can spell Jamaal Charles and even hit the occasional big play. He'd also spent the whole year gaining the staff's trust … it's just one fumble, but it was costly (it resulted in a touchdown) and you wonder how much they'll use him going forward.

3. What terrific blocking on the Chiefs' lone touchdown run. Watch as the center, Rodney Hudson, and left guard, Jeff Allen, double the nose guard while fullback Anthony Sherman executes a crushing lead block. This opens a wide alley for Jamaal Charles, who doesn't need much room to break it. The play went for 31 yards.

4. The Chiefs have had some disturbing mental mistakes in coverage today. In fact, blown coverage resulted in the Colts' first score, as running back Donald Brown leaked out for a wide-open, 33-yard touchdown scamper.

There was also a blown coverage on T.Y. Hilton, who was inexplicably left wide open down the sideline for a 31-yard gain that would have been much more with a better throw. This is the kind of stuff that will cost the Chiefs in the postseason.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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