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Monday Morning Awards: Week 5 @Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

Anyone else woke up this morning with a big smile on their face? What a way to go into the bye week after defeating the (former) undefeated Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 in Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts are now 3-2 and have a week to heal up before they face the “easy” part of the schedule.

MVP of the Game: Justin Houston

Houston was clearly motivating playing against his former team in his former home. He showed up big time when the lights shined the brightest and was the Colts best player yesterday. He finished the game with one sack, two tackles for loss, and an amazing stop on 4th and 1 that basically sealed the game for the Colts. With Turay out for the season, the Colts will need Houston to be able to consistently produce near this level.

Dud of the Game: Vacant

It could be Eric Ebron, since he once again was not a factor in the passing game, but the Colts team as a whole played excellent football yesterday, so for now this spot is vacant.

Play of the Game: Justin Houston’s 4th down stop

Our MVP of the game made the play to close out the game, stopping a 4th down that essentially left the Colts a few yards away from field goal range and getting a two possession lead.

Worst Play of the Week: Jordan Wilkins’ pitch in the red-zone

After converting on not one, but two fourth downs, the Colts found themselves facing 2nd and 2 in the Chiefs 5 yard line. Instead of pounding the ball on the inside, like it had been working all night long, Reich decided to play a delayed pitch to the outside that resulted in an eight yard loss and the Colts were ultimately forced to kick the short field goal.

Best Position Group: The Trenches

Both the offensive and defensive line played one helluva game on Sunday. The offensive line kept Brissett clean against the Chiefs and opened up holes all night long on the running game while the defensive line contained the Chiefs’ running game and was in Mahomes face constantly. We came to expect this type of dominant performance from the offensive line, but seeing the d-line play so well against an elite quarterback is an encouraging sight.

Unsung Heroes: Shakial Taylor and Quincy Wilson

Fresh out of the practice squad because of the amount of injuries in the secondary, Taylor was forced into the game early after Kenny Moore banged up his knee and he had a couple good plays defending Travis Kelce. Quincy Wilson also had a good game covering the Chiefs’ pro-bowl tight end, something he desperately needed after a rocky start to the season.

Rookie of the Week: Khari Willis

Once again, Willis had a solid game on Sunday. He shows excellent instincts and an above-average tackling ability. He is not that good in the passing game, but he more than makes up for it with his impact in the running game. Once Hooker returns from his knee injury, it is crystal clear who should start alongside him.