With Peyton Manning on the sidelines, the Colts had the Kansas City Chiefs right where they wanted them. Until they didn’t. It was like “A Tale of Two Cities”: It was an OK time, it was a terrible time. Here are the guys who made it so.
- Curtis Painter lit up the world in the first half and staked the Colts to a 24-7 lead.
- Donald Brown returned from his multi-year time warp to pick up 38 yards on eight carries.
- Pat Angerer continued to anger opposing teams and fellow defensive statistical hounds. He recorded another 15 tackles, and I’m starting to think he’s getting credit for some of his practice-day hits on teammates.
- Pierre Garcon had five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Imagine how good this guy would be if here were, you know, good.
- Dwight Freeney and Roberth Mathis combined to sack Matt Cassel twice.
- Curtis Painter turned into Curtis Painter in the second half and also ran the ball for minus one yard. It’s the other way, Curtis!
- Kerry Collins was still out with the dreaded “(head)” injury designation.
- Joseph Addai rode six carries and 19 yards back to 2010.
- Jerraud Powers left the game with a hamstring injury. He’ll be the next on IR, right?
- Blair White and Joe Lefeged continued to forget how to use their knees.
- Anyone downfield on a Cassel passing play.
- The run defense: Kansas City had 38 carries for 194 yards. Just terrible.