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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Colts 19, Chiefs 9

By Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick thoughts on the Colts' win over the Chiefs.

What it means: The Colts were willing to go ugly and did so well enough to hand Kansas City its first loss. That gets Indy to 3-2, same as Houston and Jacksonville -- as well as Tennessee if it wins in Dallas.

What I liked: The Colts played good defense, even with little noise from Dwight Freeney. The Chiefs weren’t particularly threatening, but the Colts gave them very little room to gain any sort of confidence in their ability to score. The Chiefs had to feel like a touchdown was a tall, tall order and ultimately they could not fill it.

What I didn’t like: The offensive effort was enough. But Peyton Manning was hardly at his most crisp and his receivers got hands on some balls they could not corral. A less-than-himself Manning was still better than Matt Cassel, who suffered from some bad drops as well.

Injury of note: With No. 2 running back Donald Brown already out, Joseph Addai left the game and didn’t return because of a shoulder injury. The Colts relied on him a great deal before he left. Third-stringer Mike Hart is a worker and his 11-yard touchdown run with 4:02 remaining was huge. But he’s not as versatile as Addai, who can run, catch and block on demand.

What’s next: The Colts head to Washington for "Sunday Night Football" and their second game against the NFC East.