The Kansas City Chiefs were riding a solid comeback wave going into Week 16, but then suffered an unsettling 23-7 loss to the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Chiefs seemed to choke in the snow on their home field of all places. This marks their third straight loss at home, and Kansas City, now at 11-4, have no chance of winning the AFC West championship.
After an impressive four-game run where the Chiefs scored more than 28 points (38 or more in three of those games), they could not crack the double-digit barrier against the Colts. They did not have their typical magic working for them.
There were some missteps and lost opportunities for Kansas City. Rookie running back Knile Davis has played amazingly well in the past few weeks to take some of the offensive burden off of Jamaal Charles, and then fumbled the ball Sunday, giving the Colts a great window to score in the first half.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe seemed to have difficulty getting open and then dropped a couple of passes. The Chiefs’ defense went through another lackluster week, shining much less than they had earlier in the season. Safety Kendrick Lewis and cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Dunta Robinson all missed opportunities to tackle Colts running back Donald Brown on a 51-yard touchdown sprint at one point.
The Chiefs’ offense turned the ball over four times, including two interceptions thrown by quarterback Alex Smith. The Colts? No turnovers whatsoever.
In short, the Chiefs did not look like a Super Bowl-ready team against Indy, and the clock keeps ticking. They’ll want to learn from their Sunday loss and step things up going into the playoffs. If the season ended now, the Chiefs’ first game would be in Indianapolis against the Colts again, and Sunday’s game was not a good preview if things don’t change quickly.
Week 17 will see the Chiefs go back on the road to play the San Diego Chargers. Kansas City is already down one game this season to the Chargers, and the game itself will have little importance as the Chiefs are already locked into the AFC’s fifth seed. Before Sunday, the Chiefs were looking like they were developing an offense that could outscore the opposition, and now need to focus on that if they want a fighting chance in the playoffs.