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Week 5 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 19, Kansas City Chiefs 13


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Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett and the Colts played a conservative game relying on their rushing attack and defense to win the game. Brissett's pass attempts downfield were limited especially late in the game with the Colts holding a lead and with Brissett already having thrown an interception. Marlon Mack was a work horse and the Colts most consistent source of offense. Mack consistently gained the yardage that was blocked for him and was effective in short yardage situations. TY Hilton made a few plays and looked healthy but was not overly involved as a result of the game script. Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins each contributed some nice plays but were clearly playing second fiddle to Mack. Jack Doyle made some plays underneath and was only targeted once downfield.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts 19-13 to drop their record to 4-1 on the season. Patrick Mahomes completed 22 of 39 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing three times for 17 yards. Damien Williams returned to the field this week, rushing nine times for 23 yards and catching three passes for 14 yards. LeSean McCoy did not record a carry, but caught two passes for 23 yards. Sammy Watkins left early in the game with an injury and did not record a catch. Byron Pringle stepped into his spot and caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Mecole Hardman caught four passes for 79 yards and Demarcus Robinson caught three passes for 31 yards. Travis Kelce caught four passes for 70 yards on ten targets.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 81 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 29 - 151 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 9 - 1
Jacoby Brissett played well outside of an ugly interception. Frank Reich called a conservative game in terms of throwing the ball with the success of the Colts' defense and rushing attack. Brissett threw the ball downfield in the first half with mixed results but was limited to underneath throws for the entire second half. Brissett and the Colts scored their only touchdown on their opening possession. A 30 yard run by Marlon Mack moved the Colts inside the 10 yard line and Brissett capped the drive with a 1 yard scramble off of play action for a touchdown. Brissett and Deon Cain combined to draw a 53 yard pass interference penalty. Cain was double covered on the play but a nice throw from Brissett allowed Cain to draw the flag. However, the drive stalled after a penalty forcing a field goal attempt. With the Colts on the edge of field goal range Brissett threw an ugly interception targeting Eric Ebron downfield. Brissett failed to see Tyrann Mathieu who undercut Ebron for the easy interception. Brissett moved the Colts down the field running the two minute offense to set up a field goal attempt before halftime. Brissett was efficient and hit a variety of targets on the possession. Both of the Colts 3rd quarter possessions stalled in part due to penalties forcing two punts. In the 4th quarter the Colts moved down the field into the red zone featuring their rushing attack but were forced to settle for a field goal. Following a turnover on downs the Colts ran the ball six consecutive times with Marlon Mack and kicked a field goal giving them a 2 score lead with less than 3 minutes remaining.

RB Marlon Mack, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 29 - 132 - 0, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)
Marlon Mack was the engine of the Colts offense. Mack kept the Colts offense on schedule with consistent gains and a few big plays. Mack exploited the middle of the Chiefs defense and found big holes running inside. Mack showed excellent patience and made a nice jump cut to find a crease through the middle of the Chiefs defense for an impressive 30 yards gain. Quenton Nelson helped clear the lane for Mack on the play. The run set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Jacoby Brissett. Mack found another crease behind Nelson and burst for 11 yards up the middle. Mack found a huge hole right up the middle and sprinted up field for 11 more yards. Mack caught a check down from Brissett and showed off his footwork to evade a defender pick up 11 yards and set up 4th and 1. Mack converted the 4th down with a physical run off right tackle. With 5 minutes remaining Mack received a hand off on 6 consecutive plays totaling 21 yards to help the Colts burn clock.

RB Nyheim Hines, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - -1 - 0, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0 (5 targets)
Nyheim Hines did his damage as an underneath receiver in obvious passing situations. Hines made his first catch over the middle and split a pair of defenders for 13 yards. Hines spun out of tackle after making a catch in the flat and showed off his burst picking up 18 yards down the sideline. Hines had a 14 yard carry negated by penalty. Hines had a 17 yard reception on a really well designed pass to the flat that put several blockers in front of Hines. Hines made a 7 yard catch on a dump off underneath.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (5 targets)
TY Hilton saw limited involvement in his return from injury in large part due to game script. Hilton looked healthy but the Colts limited number of pass attempts especially in the second half curtailed his production. Hilton slipped out of a tackle running a comeback route and picked up 9 yards. Hilton showed off his acceleration beating his man to the edge on a crossing route for a 13 yard gain. Hilton picked up 14 yards crossing the field against man coverage.

WR Deon Cain, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Deon Cain drew a 53 yard pass interference penalty on a deep shot from Brissett. Cain was contacted as he tried to elevate to secure the pass. Cain made a nice toe tapping contested catch along the sideline for 7 yards.

TE Jack Doyle, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 19 - 0 (3 targets)
Jack Doyle saw all of his targets underneath except for a catch that was negated by penalty. caught a dump off from Brissett in the flat and picked up 9 yards. Doyle made another underneath catch for 5 yards. Doyle worked to get open as Brissett extended the play and made a 5 yard catch on 3rd and 4. Doyle had a 12 yard reception negated by an offensive pass interference penalty.

TE Eric Ebron, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (4 targets)
Eric Ebron's first target was intercepted as Brissett failed to see a defender underneath Ebron. Ebron had his second target in his hands for a potential 10 yard gain but had it knocked away as he went to the ground. Ebron made his first catch running a curl for 8 yards.


Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 39 - 321 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 17 - 0
Patrick Mahomes completed 22 of 39 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 17 yards on three carries. For the second straight game, Mahomes was held in check by the opposing defense, although a big part of that could have been Mahomes injuring his ankle early in the game. He gutted out a respectable performance all things considered, but he was clearly playing at less than a 100% and you have to give the Colts defense credit for containing him despite missing two starters in their secondary. Mahomes made several plays that left you shaking your head, as he has mastered the art of throwing on the run, whether it be to his right or his left. With the Chiefs facing a second and 16 from the Colts 37 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was immediately forced out of the pocket, scrambling to the left sideline. While on the run, Mahomes slowed slightly and threw a sidearm pass across his body to Kelce, who was open in the middle of the field for an 18 yard gain. Despite being open, the only way the pass gets completed is if Mahomes is able to deliver an accurate pass to Kelce. Forget accurate, Mahomes put the ball perfectly in Kelce’s hands, while on the run…throwing against his body. It was the type of play that Mahomes makes every week and is starting to become routine, but is anything but when you watch the other 31 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. That play set up the Chiefs only offensive touchdown, which came with the offense facing a third and 18 from the Colts 27 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, and was faced with a Colts pass rush that was coming from both sides and had collapsed the middle of the pocket. Mahomes started to retreat, and in doing so, made an unbelievable fake on the defensive end rushing from his right. Mahomes faded backward and looked as though he was going to rush to his left, but made a quick fake to the center of the field and then rushed hard to his right to leave the Colts pass-rush in the dust. He ran up the right sideline for 18 yards, and while still behind the line of scrimmage, threw a pass on the run to Pringle who was coming back to his quarterback from the back of the end zone. Pringle caught the ball right on the goal line for an improbable touchdown, and a play that will become iconic in terms of Mahomes ability to improvise after the play breaks down. Mahomes was unable to lead the offense to any more touchdowns, but it was hardly his fault, playing on a tweaked ankle and without his top two receivers.

RB Damien Williams, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 23 - 0, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for 23 yards and caught three passes on four targets for 15 yards. After missing most of the last two games, Williams returned to the starting lineup against the Colts. He was unable to get much going though, as the Colts defensive front held the Chiefs to 2.5 yards per carry on 14 rushing attempts. Williams out-snapped and out-touched McCoy and Darrell Williams by a big margin, but he wasn’t able to make much of a difference with those touches. When the Chiefs are playing with a lead, and are at full strength at the receiver position, Williams has shown he is capable of turning in some big games, especially when he sees touches in the red zone. He doesn’t have an elite aspect to his skillset though, so depending on him to create on his own just isn’t going to happen. He is at his best when the Chiefs can create holes for him, as he has very good vision and is a patient runner. He should continue to be the Chiefs starter next week, but you cannot rule out Andy Reid going with the hot hand between the two Williams and McCoy.

RB LeSean McCoy, 14 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (2 targets)
LeSean McCoy did not record a rushing attempt in the Chiefs loss to the Colts, but he did catch two passes on two targets for 23 yards. It is hard to tell whether McCoy was just a victim of bad game-flow, as the Chiefs were not only playing from behind most of the game, but they were also getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage when they attempted to run. The Colts did a good job of keeping the ball out of Mahomes hands, limiting the Chiefs to 53 offensive plays, their lowest of the season. It was not a great situation for McCoy, as Williams is the Chiefs preferred passing down back, despite McCoy playing very well in the passing game this season. Next week should be a good indicator of how the Chiefs backfield will play out, as this was just one game with a wonky game script for the Chiefs offense.

WR Byron Pringle, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 103 - 1 (9 targets)
Byron Pringle caught six passes on 9 targets for 103 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs #5 receiver came on in a big way against the Colts, scoring the Chiefs only offensive touchdown while also generating big plays down the field. Pringle caught passes of 28, 27, and 27 yards, which were three of the Chiefs four longest plays of the game. Pringle’s touchdown catch came on wild play (described above) where Mahomes was able to elude the Colts pass rush with an improbably set of moves before throwing a pin point pass to Pringle in the end zone. Pringle gets some credit on this play too, as he ran his route and then recognized that Mahomes was scrambling and worked back to his quarterback, which his defender had no way of recovering on. His 28 yard catch was of a similar variety, with Mahomes scrambling outside the pocket and Pringle doing a good job of working back to his quarterback and getting open. He also managed to slip out of a leg tackle that had him tied up, showing nice strength when he has the ball in his hands. Now that he’s popped, lets hope he can’t stop. Sorry, I couldn’t resist the Pringle joke.

WR Mecole Hardman, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -6 - 0, Rec: 4 - 79 - 0 (6 targets)
Mecole Hardman caught four passes on six targets for 79 yards in the Chiefs loss to the Colts on Sunday. Hardman was one of the few Chiefs offensive players able to generate big plays against the Colts. He had catches of 16, 22, 31 and 19 yards. His 31 yard catch was the long gain of the night for the Chiefs, coming on a long pass down the right sideline where his defender interfered with him on two different occasions. Mahomes threw the ball on the run (another incredible throw) right into Hardman’s hands in stride, but Hardman also deserves credit for the concentration shown to catch the ball despite being interfered with. Despite the Chiefs offense being down this week, this was a good showing on Hardman’s part. The Chiefs are using him in a variety of ways similar to how they used Tyreek Hill early in his career, and it will be interesting to see how the offense runs when Hill returns to the lineup sometime in the next two weeks.

WR Demarcus Robinson, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (6 targets)
Demarcus Robinson caught three passes for 31 yards on six targets in the Chiefs loss to the Colts on Sunday. Robinson was mostly a spectator in this game, watching Pringle break out in the same way that Robinson did in week two. Watkins injury early in the game should have paved the way for a big game from Robinson, but the Chiefs offense never really got going after Mahomes tweaked his ankle. Robinsons long gain of the night went for 14 yards. He also got called for two penalties, including a 10 yard facemask penalty that backed the Chiefs up to their own 15 yard line facing a 1st and 20. After going off for 172 yards and two touchdowns on six catches in week two (on six targets), Robinson has managed only 10 catches on 19 targets for 109 yards and one touchdown over the last three weeks, despite the Chiefs missing Tyreek Hill for all of those games.

WR Sammy Watkins, 2 offensive snaps
Watkins came into the game against the Colts with a questionable tag (shoulder injury) and ended up injuring his hamstring on the Chiefs first drive. He did not record a catch before leaving the game. At this time, he is questionable for this Sunday’s game against the Texans.

TE Travis Kelce, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 70 - 0 (10 targets)
Travis Kelce caught four passes for 70 yards on 10 targets in the Chiefs loss to the Colts on Sunday. As Kelce goes, the Chiefs offense goes, and his four catches on 10 targets was indicative of how much trouble the offense had in getting going. Kelce did have catches of 17, 18, 24 and 11 yards, but also had an offensive pass interference called on him and a fumble, although the fumble was reviewed, and the play was reversed. The Colts defense smothered Kelce all night and were intent on not letting him beat them, especially after Watkins left the game with an injury. Kelce was still able to throw in some big plays when Mahomes got outside the pocket and improvised, which is when Kelce is at his best, as linebackers are too slow to cover him and nickel corners are too small to contain him. All in all, it could have been a lot worse for Kelce, as he registered his fifth straight game with 70+ yards to start the season. If this is his down game, then he remains the #1 fantasy tight end and a major threat to break out once the Chiefs get Hill back and Mahomes at full strength.