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Colts Cast: Colts defense comes alive in 19-13 road win over Chiefs

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The Indianapolis Colts had no chance to take a Week 5 win at Arrowhead against the Kansas City Chiefs. Nationally, locally, anywhere. Except that they did, and they executed the perfect gameplan to achieve an improbable win.

The Colts’ ‘feast or famine’ pass rush showed up in a major way sacking Patrick Mahomes four times and created pressure on him all night long. The running game was as efficient as it’s ever been, the offensive line was dominant, and Jacoby Brissett was very good. And if you can believe this, the Colts won by only getting in the end zone once, on the road, against a team that hadn’t score fewer than 26 points in two years.

One of the more impressive points on this game, is how the Colts were successful getting out of their typical defensive scheme, how they did so much of their damage with a lot of their top defensive players inactive, and they quite literally dominated a team that spends a lot of their time dominating others.

Frank Reich was able to design another winning approach, and despite his modest performance, T.Y. Hilton was a huge factor in this game after being on the injury report all week. Additionally, Marlon Mack, who was also questionable coming into Sunday night’s game, may have been the piece the Colts needed the most and he came through in a big way looking as healthy as ever.

And how about Justin Houston earning a sack and a pivotal tackle for loss in his return to Arrowhead?

Sunday’s win may have been the best “team” win we’ve witnessed in a long time for the Colts. Going forward, this may be something that we see quite a bit more of than we did in the Andrew Luck years where so much of the onus was on his shoulders to be great.

On today’s show, Matt goes through all of his random thoughts on the game, and also runs through the situational aspect of the matchup through each drive from both teams.

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