The Colts upset the Chiefs in Week 3 for the first win of the 2022 season

The Indianapolis Colts come from behind to win their first game of the 2022 season, upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs 20-17.

Here’s what stands out most about the Colts’ win in their home opener:

OFFENSE SETS CLUTCH IN FOURTH QUARTER, WINNING DRIVE

Despite two early errors that gave Kansas City great field position, the Colts offense got things going late in the fourth quarter, put together a game-winning drive and now sits 1-1- 1 this season.

Sledding was tough for much of the afternoon for the Indy offense as they struggled to sustain their practices largely due to poor offensive line play. A costly penalty from Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones kept the drive alive and the Colts were able to capitalize and eventually scored the game-winning touchdown against rookie tight end Jelani Woods.

There are still concerns that the Colts need to clean up offensively, but credit must go to Matt Ryan and Co. for being able to run late and make plays when it mattered most.

COLTS OFFENSIVE ROOKIES SHOW AND SHOW

Rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce and rookie tight end Jelani Woods both picked up Sunday’s massive victory. Pierce had three catches for 60 and showed what he can do when you give him the opportunity to play.

Woods, meanwhile, had two crucial touchdowns in the afternoon, including the game-winner. Woods’ two touchdowns showed exactly why the Colts took him to the third round of the April draft. His height advantage, especially in men’s coverage, creates the lag the Indianapolis offense can take advantage of this season.

THE DEFENSE ACHIEVES THE BEST PERFORMANCES OF THE 2022 SEASON

After being knocked out 24-0 in Week 2 in Jacksonville, the Colts defense came up against quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Sunday. The star quarterback had just 262 passing yards and a touchdown and had a QBR of 78.9.

The pass rush was also much better on Sunday, pressuring Mahomes throughout the afternoon and forcing some missed shots he would typically make with better protection. Give defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and the Indianapolis front four a ton of credit. Yannick Ngakoue recorded his first sack of the season, and DeForest Buckner and Kwity Paye allowed Mahomes to hold the ball longer than he probably would have liked.

Additionally, Indy’s defense held Kansas City’s offense to 3 of 10 on third conversions and within six yards per play. Indianapolis’ run defense also held down the Chiefs’ running backs. at 58 total rushing yards on 2.5 yards per attempt as well.

Now we’ll have to see if the Colts can build on Sunday’s performance, but the defense deserves a lot of credit for Sunday’s performance and holding one of the fastest growing offenses in the league to under 30 points. .

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