Leftovers From Indy

So the Chiefs drop their first game of the season and by the end of the day, they still have a two-game lead in the AFC West.

With Baltimore beating Denver and Oakland topping San Diego for the first time in seven years, the Chiefs loss to the Colts left them at 3-1. They rest of the division has played one more game, but the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders all have lost three games already.

No other division leader has that kind of lead as the season hits the middle of October.

The Chiefs have their trip coming up to Houston, while Denver hosts the New York Jets, San Diego travels to St. Louis and Oakland travels across the bay to play San Francisco.


It was an unusual sight to look into the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium and see so many people wearing red. Chiefs fans were everywhere inside the stadium, on all levels and in seemed all sections.

This was a common sight in the days before the three-year drought that saw the Chiefs hit bottom in 2007-08-09. Over the last three years, there was never much of a red and gold presence in visiting stadiums.

But my Southwest flight to Indy on Saturday was full of Chiefs fans headed to the game. So was the return flight on Monday morning. They were a lot happier going than they were coming home.


I was in Lucas Oil Stadium in February for the NFL Combine, but that access was only to one of the many clubs that are inside this brand new stadium. Sunday was the first time I got a look at the field and stands. Some thoughts:

The stadium structure is huge, far bigger than the RCA Dome that it replaced. In fact, as you come into the city on I-70 from either the east or west, the stadium dominates the Indy skyline … It has a retractable roof, but for some reason they don’t lie to open the darn thing. It was a beautiful day outside on Sunday, but the story being told by Colts folks is that one side of the stadium gets a lot of sunshine when the roof is open, which becomes uncomfortable. The conspiracy types think the Colts like to keep the roof closed to make the crowd noise louder since the sound bounces off the roof and back towards the field … the big windows in the north and south ends of the stadium let in a lot of natural light and that makes it feel less like a dome experience … Colts fans have become pretty spoiled and they didn’t make near the noise that an Arrowhead crowd would have made under similar circumstances.


A Chiefs fan with a good memory might remember a Thursday night game in 2001 at Arrowhead between the Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

Head coach Andy Reid started that game with an onside kick. It worked for the Eagles as they recovered the ball and went on to pick up a 23-10 victory over Dick Vermeil’s first K.C. team.

In fact, Reid has been willing to gamble on the opening onside kick more than any coach. Of the now 11 attempts from 2000 through 2010, the Eagles tried four of those, including one last season against Washington. Overall, Philly recovered the kick two of the four times and won three of the four games.

Here are the games from 2000-10 where a team attempted an onside kick on the opening play of the game:

Year Onside Attempt Opponent Success/Fail W/L
2000 Philadelphia Dallas Successful W
  New Orleans St. Louis Successful W
  Dallas Tennessee Successful L
2001 Buffalo N.Y. Jets Successful W
  Philadelphia CHIEFS Successful W
2002 New Orleans Cleveland Failed L
2003 Philadelphia Dallas Failed L
2008 Pittsburgh Washington Failed W
  San Francisco N.Y. Jets Failed W
2009 Philadelphia Washington Failed W
2010 CHIEFS Indianapolis Failed L


RB Joseph Addai left Sunday’s game after he was tackled by DE Glenn Dorsey. Actually, it was more like Dorsey planted Addai in the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. Great penetration by Dorsey put him in position to wrap up Addai and drop him on the spot.

He walked off the field and did not return because of what the Colts called a shoulder injury. As of Monday, they had no further word on whether Addai will be forced to miss even more time because of the problem.


Indy WR Pierre Garcon on the K.C. defense: “They were playing good defense. They were throwing different things at us that we hadn’t seen. They had a bye week, so they had extra time to prepare for us. They came in and played well. They did a real good job.”

After four games, the Chiefs have given up just 57 points. Right now, only Minnesota (38) and Pittsburgh (50) have allowed fewer points, and the Vikings still have to play Monday night against the New York Jets.

On the flip side, the Chiefs are one of the lowest scoring teams in the AFC at this point, with just 77 points. Only Miami at 66 points has scored less in the conference.

10 Responses to “Leftovers From Indy”

  • October 11, 2010  - Butler says:

    Can’t help but Wonder if Maybe we paid Bowe A little more Money he could Catch the FOOTBALL !!!!

  • October 11, 2010  - el cid says:

    Bowe is what he is. Seems to be a generic problem with LSU players. Would of been nice if Pioli considered TO or Moss or a end of career type for one season rather than ride Bowe to the poor house. We might see Horne get a chance or some off the street type if Weis cannot get the offensive passing attack at some minimal level. Apparently Chambers does not have it and who knows where Bowes’ hand and head are. Pretty sure if Moeaki is all Cassel can throw to, the heat will increase on Cassel.

  • October 11, 2010  - Tim says:


    What’s with Chambers? Has he hit the wall & career pretty much over? Would seem that WR would be HUGE priority in draft and/or free agency next offseason.

  • October 11, 2010  - Butler says:

    I am for bringing Jerry Rice out of Retirement
    I bet he can Catch more now than BOWE can !!!!!!

  • October 11, 2010  - MEDennis34 says:

    I’m glad to read all the Bowe Bashers today and nobody hate’n on Cassel.

    The Chiefs did not loose due Cassel and all his perceived inadequacies. It was because we have the equivalent to “Featherstone” catching the football for us . (Remember the rock-handed receiver in the move “Necessary Roughness”)

    However, the fairy tail ending will never be a reality because Bowe refuses learn to catch at pro level.


    P.S. It is time to get off Coach Haley’s back about all the gambling, because if he was not aggressive enough everyone would be b*tching about that too.

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • October 11, 2010  - TX_ChiefAN says:

    I’m not a Cassel basher but…he makes slow decisions, does not go through his progressions and stares down his target. By no means is this loss completely contributed to Cassel. But if you review the tape you will see Castile wide open for the 1st down and maybe a td. Or Pope coming open on the left and Moiaki on the right. Instead Cassel stares down Bowe and throws in the midst of 4 defenders. Then later after Bowe dropes the two, Cassel takes his anger out on McCluster and throws a heater where there should have been a touch throw. Cassel is wearing me thin!

  • October 11, 2010  - Mike says:

    Cassel’s wearing me thin, too, TX. I also agree with MEDennis that BOWE MUST GO! Maybe we can package Bowe/Cassel. We ought to be able to get a 5th-rounder in return for the pair of them! GO BRODIE! GO HORNE!

  • October 11, 2010  - TX_ChiefAN says:

    LMAO! 5th rounder for both

  • October 12, 2010  - Josh says:

    Has everyone simply blocked out the fact that our expensive QB simply dropped the football, untouched, in the last drive? He’s not a clutch player, he’s not an average player, he’s not even talented enough for the CFL, eh? Pay him to leave. It would be less expensive than losing more of a fanbase than the Chiefs already have.

  • October 12, 2010  - el cid says:

    If everyone can accept that Cassel is never going to challenge anyone for the HOF, consider why he is in KC. He is here not to lose game with mistakes. Also Pioli figured “just what if he is an undiscovered pro bowler?” He was cheap to acquire and his 10 mil a year is average for a starting QB. BUT here is the rub, Pioli has yet to get him enough talent to cover the rest of the offense. We have a running game but face it, the WRs are the bottom of the NFL. If Moeaki does not produce, well just say there is no passing game. The season is on and the Chiefs have a good record but we will see if the offense can overcome Chambers/Bowe or we can wait til 2011 for Pioli to address what he missed.

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