Report Card – Chiefs vs. Colts

From Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

RUSHING OFFENSE: A – Finally, the Chiefs offense did what it’s designed do and what it does best – run the ball. That 194 rushing yards performance was their best since running for 210 yards against St. Louis back in December. Jackie Battle stepped up and turned in the best running performance of the season as he ran for 119 yards. Even Thomas Jones broke a couple runs, showing a burst that hasn’t been seen before this season.

PASSING OFFENSE: A – This was a big time performance from QB Matt Cassel, WRs Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston and for the most part, the pass protection uni. Cassel was sacked twice, one each by Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. But otherwise, he had the time to throw and did so for 8.9 yards per attempt and 12.2 yards per completion, some of his best numbers of the season. The catches Bowe and Breaston made in several cases were the best you’ll see in the NFL this weekend.

RUSHING DEFENSE: B – It didn’t look good at the start when Joseph Addai was pounding the Chiefs pretty hard. But then he went out with what was called a hamstring injury and did not return. From that point, on the Colts had trouble getting a consistent run game going with rookie Delone Carter. After Addai left, Indy had 21 carries for just 59 yards.

PASSING DEFENSE: C – It was the tale of first half poor, second half very good for pass defense. It was below standards as they did not put any pressure on Painter (he was not sacked) and they were not able to pick off the inexperienced quarterback. Plus, there were far too many receivers running around in the secondary uncovered in the first half.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B – Overall it was a pretty quiet day in the kicking game. P Dustin Colquitt had a good performance, averaging 44.8 yards per punt and 41.2 yards on net average. Ryan Succop only kicked PATs and Javier Arenas couldn’t get anything going in the return game. The Colts had absolutely nothing in the return game, so coverage was good.

COACHING: B – In the first half, Todd Haley and his staff were working on the biggest, fattest F-grade they’ve ever received after the Chiefs played so poorly in the opening 30 minutes. But, those half-time adjustments made all the difference in the world. Plus, they didn’t start punching panic buttons. They stuck with their plan going into the game and it eventually paid dividends. Good patience from Haley and his crew.


2 Responses to “Report Card – Chiefs vs. Colts”

  • October 9, 2011  - Chiefs Come-From Behind For 28-24 Victory : BobGretz.com says:

    [...] REPORT CARD: Great second semester half grades. [...]


  • October 10, 2011  - leonard says:

    Hey Bob, only the first qtr was really bad. The Chiefs started to recover in the 2nd qtr. The time of possesion differnce was the first possesion by the colts.




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