By Eric Staunch: The Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) were badly whipped and humiliated by the visiting Indianapolis Colts (10-5) by a 23-7 score on Sunday at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Was the game a winnable one for the Chiefs? Yes, but it would have taken a good quarterback to win the game, and Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was too limited in talent to win the game. He got flustered after the Chiefs initially scored on their first possession on a 31-yard touchdown run by running back Jamaal Charles.
Following that play, the Chiefs were shut down on 3 and outs for the remainder of the 1st half, as Alex Smith couldn’t hit the side of a barn with his passes. That’s the thing with Smith. When he gets off to a bad start in games historically, he tends to play poorly and lose his mental composure. It’s almost like an all or none type of play from him. He’s not the type of quarterback who can forget his failures and play well on the next series. If Smith starts bad, he stays bad and his teams lose big time. That’s one of the reasons why the San Francisco 49ers probably lost interest in Smith as a starter and traded him away during the off season. That’s not to say that Colin Kaepernick is any better. He’s pretty much the same in that regard.
The Colts put up 13 points in the 2nd quarter on 2 field goals by Adam Vinatieri and a 33-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Donald Brown to go up 13-6 at halftime. Brown did all the work himself after catching a pass 10 yards down field and outrunning the Chiefs defenders for the score.
Alex Smith completed 16 of 29 passes for 153 yards with 2 interception, 1 fumble and 4 sacks. A good game this was not for him. In terms of passing yardage, Smith’s 153 yards was pretty much what he was doing in his 7 seasons with the 49ers, so it’s not as if there was much change in that regard.
Luck completed 26 of 37 passes for 241 yards. The linebacker sized Luck did a good job of completing the short passes that were available to him. He doesn’t have a great arm, so he was smart to throw the short stuff that the Chiefs were giving him.
Colts running back Donald Brown ran for a 51-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter, giving him two long touchdowns in the game. He rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries. As good as Brown has played this season, it’s hard to believe that the Colts had him as a 2nd string player behind Trent Richardson earlier this season. What a dumb move. Richardson is now the 2nd string player, and he played poorly as usual in rushing for just 43 yards on 16 carries.