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Colts 23, Chiefs 7: I watched it again so you don’t have to

12/23/2013 9:42 AM

12/23/2013 9:53 AM

- The Chiefs looked so good early. Colts go three-and-out to start the game, then Dexter McCluster has a 25-yard punt return (GREAT blocking), Chiefs need just four plays to score (completed pass, pass interference, 7-yard Smith run, 7-yard Charles run, 31-yard Charles TD), then another three-and-out.

- Anthony Sherman and Donnie Avery made great blocks on Charles’ touchdown. The Chiefs’ downfield blocking has been very good this year.

- The interior of the Colts’ offensive line is horrendous, and Dontari Poe’s biggest impact was a (weak) taunting penalty that kept a Colts drive alive. That has to change in two weeks, if we have a rematch.

- There is a feeling among some NFL personnel men that Alabama players are usually overvalued in the draft because the teams are so good, and the system there is so demanding it leaves players beat up and worn out by the time they enter the NFL. Trent Richardson should be the posterboy for that school of thought. I wonder about Nico Johnson, too.

- You see a lot more missed plays on the rewatch. One drive in particular stalled late in the first quarter on a Dwayne Bowe drop and then Alex Smith overthrowing Dexter McCluster on third down.

- This is like a horror film for the Chiefs. So many mistakes that they haven’t made all year, at key points, either killing their own drives or resuscitating the Colts’ drives. Like, remember when Dunta Robinson knocked Derrick Johnson out from tackling Griff Whalen? Or the three or four missed tackles on Donald Brown’s 51-yard touchdown run? Or Knile Davis fumbling by running into Anthony Fasano’s back? Or any of what seemed like a thousand wide open Colts receivers?

- I mean, on one play, T.Y. Hilton was so open he had time to come back to an underthrown ball, make the catch, fall down, and then get up and run again. And then two plays later, Levon Brazill beat Brandon Flowers down the sideline but just dropped the ball. The Colts ended up with a field goal.

- I thought Junior Hemingway and the Chiefs got lucky late in the second quarter when the officials held up the no-fumble call.

- Smith’s first interception early in the second half was the beginning of the offensive line getting dominated. That was a reversal from a lot of games this year, when the line has been beat early and then adjusted to better protect as the games wore on. Bad trend.

- A lot of times, for whatever reason, I notice the bad more than the good watching live and then the good sticks out more than the bad when I watch the game again. That didn’t happen this week. The Chiefs looked every bit as bad on video as they did live.

- Terez mentioned this, but it’s not that the Chiefs no-showed that’s so concerning. NFL teams often have these duds once in a season. Even good teams. It’s that the Chiefs did it in week 16, at home, and have lost all four games they’ve played against the three best teams on their schedule (three of those games at home).

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