Leftovers from Indy

From Indianapolis, Indiana

There was a rather unusual collection of quarterbacks at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. With just the two teams involved, there were seven quarterbacks on the 53-player roster.

Here are those QBs and their career starts:

  • Colts QB Peyton Manning – 208 starts.
  • Colts QB Kerry Collins – 177 starts.
  • Chiefs QB Matt Cassel – 50 starts.
  • Colts QB Dan Orlovsky – 7 starts.
  • Colts QB Curtis Painter – 2 starts.
  • Chiefs QB Tyler Palko – 0 starts.
  • Chiefs QB Ricky Stanzi – 0 starts.

TO BYE, OR NOT TO BYE?

The Chiefs will spend the next few days working before they head off for their bye week. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the players are guaranteed at least four consecutive days off in the bye week, and one of those has to be Saturday.

Would the Chiefs like to continue playing now that they’ve been able to string together a couple victories?

“Yeah, we’ve got some momentum, but this team needs the bye week,” said wide receiver Steve Breaston. “We need some time to heal up the bumps and bruises. There are a lot of guys in here hobbling about and the bye week will give them a chance to get healthy for the rest of the season.”

When they return for from their bye week, they will have an 11-week push to the end of the season.

“When you are winning, you want to continue to play, no doubt about that,” said OLB Andy Studebaker, who jumped back into the starting lineup in the base defense against the Colts. “But we have a bunch of games to play in the next few months and I think now that we’ve gotten this thing turnaround, we’ll be able to keep the momentum.”

But Uncle “Mo” as in momentum can be a funny thing. Right now the Chiefs need every advantage they can land to experience success this season. With their slim margin caused by injuries and a low talent level on the roster, a chance to get some rest before heading into that killer schedule is important.

When they come back from their off-week, the Chiefs have back-to-back AFC West games at Oakland and then San Diego coming to Arrowhead for Monday night football.

THE STORY ON FIRST DOWN

Both offenses were fairly successful on first down plays. Consider the Chiefs who had 32 first down snaps and gained 236 yards on those or just a shade under 7.5 yards per play. When the Chiefs did face a second down play, they were on average 2nd-and-7.

For the Colts they also averaged right at 7.5 on first down plays, they just had fewer chances with only 22 snaps o n first down for 165 yards.

AND THE STORY OF THIRD DOWN

The Chiefs had one of their best third-down performances of the season, converting 8 of 14 for 57 percent. Those plays where they moved the chains, the average was 3rd-and-3 yards. The six they missed the average situation was 3rd-and-11, including plays where they needed 24 and 25 yards on third down.

QB Matt Cassel had a good day on third down, completing 8 of 10 passes and converting six times. He was also sacked once on third down.

Indy was 5 of 12 on third down.

FROM THE INJURY LIST

FB Le’Ron McClain left the game in the first half with what the Chiefs termed a neck injury.

McClain left the Chiefs locker room at Lucas Oil Stadium without a neck brace or any apparent problems from the injury.

Also, RB Jackie Battle left the game late in the fourth quarter when he dropped his head as he was running and hit helmet-to-helmet with a Colts defender. Battle appeared to have all of his wits about him in the locker room after the game.

QUOTEBOX

From Chiefs QB Matt Cassel: “I thought we had a great game plan in the beginning and it just took us a little while, longer than we originally thought, to get going. We kept to the grind, we kept to the plan and our defense showed up big in the second half and it all came together.”

From Colts CB Jerraud Powers on Indy’s second half defensive problems: “You let a team keep hanging around they’ll come back and eventually it’ll bite you. That’s what happened. It’s a lesson learned. We just couldn’t make the plays we needed to make.”

From Indy S Antoine Bethea on what the future will show for the 0-5 Colts: “We’ve got to stay together. We can’t point fingers. We’re still fighting, that’s the good thing. No one is out there giving up.”

MISC. STUFF

Press box statistics had ILB Derrick Johnson as the team’s leading tackler against the Colts with eight. Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey each had five tackles … the Chiefs 12-play, 93-yard drive that led to Dwayne Bowe’s remarkable catch was the longest scoring drive for the Chiefs since December of 2008 … that 53-yard punt that Indy’s Adam Vinatieri hit was the fourth longest of his career and his longest three pointer since 2002, when he kicked a 57-yarder against Chicago.

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