The Indianapolis Colts finally went on the road and won a big game Sunday. The Colts dominated the Kansas City Cheifs, 23-7.
This is now two blowout wins in a row for Indianapolis, and was a likely preview of a playoff matchup coming in just two weeks.
It was another case of the defense simply dominated their opponent. After giving up an easy touchdown on the first Chiefs drive, the Colts went into full lockdown mode and shut Kansas City out for the rest of the game.
The Colts forced four turnovers and four three-and-outs. Linebacker Jerrell Freeman has to be a candidate for AFC Defensive Player of the Week. He had just five tackles, but also recorded a sack, a forced fumble, two interceptions, and three defended passes.
One of Freeman’s interceptions will likely be changed to a fumble recovery however. Robert Mathis should be credited with a sack/strip that led to the “interception.” Alex Smith had the ball knocked out of his arm before momentum launched it down field where Freeman snagged it.
Either way, it was a very impressive game from Freeman and the rest of the defense. The Chiefs were held to 287 total yards and were 1-for-8 on third down attempts.
Not coincidentally, the Colts managed to hold Jamaal Charles in check. He had 106 yards rushing and a touchdown, but just five receptions for 38 yards. Considering he came off a five touchdown game just a week ago, this was a outstanding effort by the defense.
The Colts also managed to keep playing at a productive level on offense. Andrew Luck completed 26-of-37 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. He also completed passes to nine different players.
Griff Whalen had an outstanding game with seven catches for 80 yards. He managed to get most of his yards after shrugging Chiefs off his back and powering through tackles.
Donald Brown was a monster for the Colts today. He had 79 yards rushing and a touchdown off 10 carries. He also snagged two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
The Colts improved to 10-5 and could still manage to have a Bye Week in the playoffs (provided they win next week and the Ravens win their final two games). The Chiefs drop to 11-4, and currently would face the Colts in Indianapolis of the playoffs started next week.
Up next, the Colts return home to face the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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