Two runs by Jamaal Charles and a 15-yard scramble by Alex Smith got the Chiefs in opposing territory on their opening drive. Then Jamaal Charles went down and eventually out for the game when his bounced off the turf on a seven-yard carry. Doctors administered concussion testing protocol then Charles was escorted to the locker room. Knile Davis took over and, he’s not nearly Charles, but the Chiefs domination has been so thorough that it hardly matters. The opening seven-minute Kansas City drive ends with a scoring pass to Dwayne Bowe on a goal line slant pattern.
The Chiefs still struggled to get pressure with their front seven on the Colts opening drive. Andrew Luck found T.Y. Hilton on three receptions to get into Kansas City territory. Coby Fleener beat man coverage for an 18-yard gain. Then Luck found Hilton again for a game-tying score. Luck ended up seven-for-seven for 74 yards on a drive that Indy didn’t attempt to run, so good thing they shipped a first-rounder for a running back.
At that point, it seemed as though we had a shootout developing when the Chiefs just lost their best offensive player. Good for Kansas City then that the slant throws to Dwayne Bowe have been working. Smith hit Bowe, who took it 63 yards inside the Colts 5, but the Indy defense got a stop to force a field goal.
The next drive, the Colts finally tried to run and the Chiefs finally tried to pressure the quarterback. After a deflected Luck third down pass, Kansas City had the ball back. Chiefs faced a 3rd and 10 from their own 21, when Alex Smith hit Donnie Avery for a touchdown on a throw that went about 50 yards in the air. Call it a defensive breakdown, but I wouldn’t be expecting to be burned by an Alex Smith bomb either.
Trent Richardson furthered the bad trade narrative by fumbling on his first touch of the game. More impressive – he did it while switching the ball between his hands.
Alex Smith did more managerslinging with a shovel pass touchdown to Anthony Sherman to make it 24-7 minutes into the second quarter.
Desperately needing a score, the Colts attempted a 4th and short near midfield. Andrew Luck kept a zone read carry for the first time this season, according to Mike Mayock, and took it 21 yards. The alternative would have been giving it to Richardson, so decent decision. Indy got a field goal out of it, cutting it to a two-score deficit at 24-10.
Then Andy Reid’s comprehensive screen game and Alex Smith’s sneaky athleticism took over and the Chiefs added another touchdown, this one from Knile Davis, to raise their lead to a prohibitive 31-10 at half. Luck added an interception in the last 30 seconds of the half for yuks.