The Kansas City Chiefs showed a lot of heart but in the end, fell to the Indianapolis Colts 19-9 for their first loss of the season.
Neither team could find the end zone until Mike Hart scored on an 11-yard run with 4:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. The lone Indianapolis touchdown proved to be the difference.
Matt Cassel lead the Chiefs offense down the field on a two minute drill but Ryan Succop failed to convert his fourth field goal of the game, enabling the Colts to run out the clock.
It was the Chiefs defense that stepped up, limiting the usually dangerous Manning to 244 yards and no touchdowns. Kansas City frustrated Manning all day but in the end, it was the offense that could not muster the fire power to keep pace with the Colts.
And the the blame is likely to fall on QB Matt Cassel.
Cassel was again uninspiring for the Chiefs, completing just 16 of 29 passes for 156 yards with no TD’s and no INT’s.
The Chiefs game plan seemed to suggest that the Chief’s had little to no confidence in Cassel as most of his passes were short dump offs or screens. Since the Chiefs failed to stretch the field, the Colts focused on stopping the run, holding the Chiefs to 113 yards on the ground which was their worst effort of the season.
Even with the loss, most Chiefs fans will find encouragement with the fight the team showed in Indy. Unfortunately, the blue print for beating the Chiefs is now drawn up.
Stop the run and make Matt Cassel beat you.
Until Cassel proves he can make defenses pay, the Chiefs will be vulnerable.