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NFL Week 5 PFF ReFocused: Indianapolis Colts 19, Kansas City Chiefs 13

Jacoby Brissett led the Indianapolis Colts to a 19-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on the road to improve to 3-2 on the year.

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Final Score

Indianapolis Colts 19, Kansas City Chiefs 13

Indianapolis Colts

Justin Houston and Denico Autry both had success against the Chiefs' offensive line as pass-rushers. Each player racked up a handful of pressures, and Autry had a few more plays where he beat the offensive lineman trying to block him but a quick throw resulted in no pressure for the play.

Nobody really stood out in the Colts secondary. Kansas City didn't have a tremendous night passing the ball, but it seemed to largely be a result of Indianapolis' pass-rush applying the heat and inaccuracy issues from Patrick Mahomes throughout the night. There were open receivers and plays to be had; Kansas City just wasn't able to capitalize.

Jacoby Brissett wasn't asked to do a ton, especially for a game in 2019. Brissett was solid while not spectacular and moved the chains on second and third downs when the running game put them into favorable situations. Brissett did produce the lone turnover by the Colts, where he did not see Tyrann Mathieu drop to cover Eric Ebron down the sideline

Quenton Nelson produced a dominant display in the run game. With the Colts going to an old school, run-heavy offense in the second half, the offensive line moved the line of scrimmage and rarely produced bad plays to knock the offense back.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes had his usual handful of “wow” throws on SNF, but when you look at all 43 of his attempts on a throw-by-throw basis, he had a sub-standard night in terms of accuracy. Mahomes missed some easy ones, and he also had some misses that could have kept drives going. All in all, not the best game from KC's superstar signal-caller.

Mahomes faced a lot of pressure against Indianapolis, with much of it coming via their left tackle Cam Erving. Former Chief Justin Houston had a revenge game against Mahomes & Co., largely at Erving's expense. Late in the game, Ryan Hunter came in to play left guard and between the two of them, it felt like one of them was surrendering a pressure on every other play.

Tyrann Mathieu was one of the few players who positively influenced the game for the Chiefs' defense. Mathieu created the one turnover and also made an eight-yard tackle for loss on 2nd-and-2 when the Colds were driving for what looked like a touchdown that the Chiefs would be unable to come back from.

Charvarius Ward held up on his side of the field. The Chiefs' defense limited T.Y. Hilton throughout the game, and Ward was a big reason why. Ward made a couple of tackles and was rarely targeted in the passing game.

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