Week 5 Wrap Up: Indianapolis Colts
The storyline: The Colts, a week after a last-play loss to Jacksonville, weren't dominant offensively on Sunday, but they had one of their better games of the season defensively to pull away from the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs for a 19-9 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Key moment: The entire fourth quarter was critical. While the Chiefs never took the lead and the Colts never felt in real danger of losing, the Chiefs still had a chance with Indianapolis leading 12-9. The Colts twice held the Chiefs to 3-and-out series, then with 9:35 remaining took over at their 29. Indianapolis then drove 71 yards, with running back Mike Hart capping the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
Key stat: The Colts held the Chiefs to 1 of 10 on third-down conversions. This wasn't a day on which the Colts dominated, exactly, in any particular area, but the Chiefs never took control. Indianapolis' ability to get the Chiefs off the field on third down was a big reason.
Where they stand: The Colts, after falling out of first place in the AFC South last week, moved back into the lead with the victory over the Chiefs. Not that they don't have company. A lot of it. Indianapolis is tied for first place in the South with every other team in the division. Jacksonville and Tennessee each got there with victories Sunday while Houston lost to the New York Giants.
Notable: Colts' running back Joseph Addai left the game in the second half with what was announced as a shoulder injury and later was reported as a neck/shoulder injury. Addai said afterward he didn't know the extent of the injury and said it might be Monday before he knew. Addai rushed for 50 yards on 17 carries before leaving, and he's a player the Colts may not be able to afford to lose. While the Colts aren't a dominant running attack, Addai has improved steadily in his five seasons and how is one of the team's most valuable players because of his versatility and effectiveness in the passing game.
Quick quote: "We're (3-2). You might say it's unfamiliar territory, but don't get spoiled. It's still the NFL. No game is easy. It's a situation we've been in before, just not normally. We know what we have to do. A lot of the older guys are telling the younger guys, 'Just keep chopping wood, just keep pushing and it's all going to work out for us.' This was a great game for us to rely on all three phases to get the job done."
---Colts' wide receiver Reggie Wayne