Wrap-up: Chiefs 28, Colts 24

October, 9, 2011
10/09/11
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Some quick thoughts from the Kansas City Chiefs' 28-24 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.


What it means: The Chiefs are alive. After being the worst team in the NFL in the first two weeks of the season, Todd Haley’s beat-up bunch has shown great spunk. Kansas City has now won two straight games and is 2-3. This win highlights a tough early season for the Chiefs. They trailed 17-0 in the second quarter. For this team to come back on the road is a major statement as the Chiefs head into their bye week.

Tomorrow’s talker: Matt Cassel had a great game. After a slow start to the season, Cassel has steadily improved. He was tremendous Sunday. Cassel led the Chiefs’ wild comeback as he threw four touchdown passes. Cassel was 21-of-29 for 257 yards. He was not intercepted. Cassel is doing his best to show that even in this injury-plagued season for the Chiefs that he is the answer at quarterback.

Trending: Running back Jackie Battle is taking over for Thomas Jones as the Chiefs’ top running back option with Jamaal Charles out for the season. Battle had 119 yards on 19 carries. Perhaps the Chiefs have found an answer for a balanced offense with Charles out. Battle gave his team a huge boost.

No Luck? Now that the Chiefs have won two straight games, they are out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes until further notice.

Rookie not ready: First-round pick receiver Jonathan Baldwin was inactive. He practiced fully all week. Expect Baldwin to start playing after the Chiefs’ bye next week. He suffered a thumb injury in a reported fight with Jones in training camp.

What’s next: Considering the way this season started, the Chiefs have to feel great going into their bye. This team appears far from simply playing out the string,

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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