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  • Alex Seccia

Colts stun Chiefs 20-17

Week three became host of the formally undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts entered the season with one of the best running backs in the league in Jonathon Taylor who is coming off a breakout year performance, veteran quarterback in Matt Ryan, a young promising receiver in Michael Pittman, with a very strong defense and O-line. A team favored to win their division (AFC South) was off to a very surprising downward start on the season. Entering the game 0-1-1 the Chiefs became a favorite across all accounts to beat what looks to be a rocky Colts team.

The Colts failed to get Talor going in their previous defeat appeared to have learned from past mistakes. Taylor went from a small workload with only nine carries and fifty-four yards to a heavy load of twenty-one carries. Matt Ryan appeared to have trouble in the pocket evading the rush or even adjusting the plays. The Chiefs manage to sack Ryan five times, two of which were strip sacks in which one lead to a fumble recovery. With the tenure Ryan has in the league you would expect the veteran to be more tune to pass rushes and being able to make the adjustments. Yet however when trying to avoid the rush he found himself taking hits that could’ve resulted in critical game changers.

The Chiefs on the other hand had more of their typical offensive look, a mobile Patrick Mahomes finding his reliable tight end in Travis Kelce for bug plays and utilizing his receivers to drive the ball down field. The Colts would have their share of leads in the game and for Chiefs and their fans being down is no threat to the team as Mahomes proved on many occasions his ability to rally the troops.

It wouldn’t be until the fourth quarter where the Kansas City Chiefs would meet their own downfall. After entering the fourth quarter leading the Colts 17-13, The Chiefs would fail to come away with anything more than sixty-four yards in ten plays to close out the third quarter. The Colts would have their possession which would come to an end granting Kansas City good field position at their own thirty-one-yard line. After seven plays and fifty-three yards Ammendola’s thirty-four-yard field goal attempt was no good. Critical missed points on what would’ve been a chip shot for their actual kicker Harrison Butker.

The Colts now starting on their own twenty-four-yard line decided they would keep Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense as much as they could, mounting a sixteen-play drive for seventy-one yards that gave the Colts a game sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Prior to scoring, the Colts mounted a drive that took more than eight minutes off the Chiefs clock. Thus, leaving Mahomes with no choice but to air the ball out where he ended up throwing his first interception on the season on a pass intended for Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

The Colts found their unexpected first win of the season here week three against the Chiefs, however a win is a win the Colts as well as their fans should look for more adjustments to be made offensively, and for Matt Ryan to be quicker on his releases and getting the ball to his playmakers.

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