Colts.com takes a deeper look into the Colts offensive and defensive success versus the Chiefs and some interesting snap breakdown analysis on both sides of the ball.
1. The turnovers forced by the Colts on Sunday will draw the headlines but what the defense did in getting off the field the more “natural” way was equally impressive. The Colts forced five three-and-outs on the Chiefs 11 offensive possessions (45 percent). That stat is even more impressive considering the Chiefs had averaged three-and-outs on just 20 percent of their offensive possessions coming into Sunday’s game.
2. The seven points scored by the Chiefs were the fewest they’ve scored all season long by 10 points. Kansas City came into Sunday third in the NFL in averaging 28.5 points per game. A 1-of-8 performance for the Chiefs on third-down ties their season low for conversions in a game.
3. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had a quarterback rating of 41.3 on Sunday. That was Smith lowest rating all season. The longest completion for the Chiefs on Sunday was 19 yards, the shortest “long” reception they’ve had in a game this year.
4. The Colts won the time of possession battle 38:20-21:40 on Sunday. The Colts held the ball for at least nine minutes in all four quarters. The Chiefs 21:40 time of possession was their lowest total by more than four minutes all season long.
5. Snap Breakdown- A few notes on the snaps breakdown (75 offensive and 57 defensive) from Sunday’s 25-3 win:
- The wide receiver breakdown was:
Griff Whalen(56), T.Y. Hilton(51), Da’Rick Rogers (51), Darrius Heyward-Bey(9) and LaVon Brazill(4). Some interesting numbers at the wide receiver position. Hilton is dealing with a shoulder injury, which could explain his 68 percent of offensive snaps. Brazil returned from a foot injury on Sunday. Brazill (10) and DHB (8) found larger roles on special teams.
Donald Brown(25) dealing with a stinger injury, Trent Richardson(47) saw the bulk of the carries at the running back position.
Stanley Havili(15) back in the lineup, the fullback position was manned by him, Jack Doyle(34) and Weslye Saunders(20).
Pat Angerer, the inside linebacker position was manned by Jerrell Freeman(57), Josh McNary(34), Kelvin Sheppard(15) and Kavell Conner(6). McNary saw by far his most snaps of the season and appears to have found a significant role at the inside linebacker position.
- In the secondary,
Greg Toler(7) returned to the playing field. Josh Gordy(36) continued to play most of the snaps as the third cornerback.