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Colts vs. Chiefs: 5 Halftime Adjustments Indianapolis Must Make

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03: Receiver Pierre Garcon #85 of the Indianapolis runs for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIIOctober 9, 2011

The Colts are looking to pick up their first win of the season against the 1-3 Chiefs. Both teams are in the hunt for highly-touted QB prospect Andrew Luck. This game should provide clarity on which team will have the best shot at the No. 1 overall draft pick.

The Colts have had an amazing first half. Pierre Garcon had a monster half and Curtis Painter looks to be very solid with his decisions. The Colts are in a great position to pick up a win.

Here are five things Indy must do in the second half against Kansas City:

 

1. Keep Running the Ball

 The best way to limit mistakes is to continue to running the ball. By establishing the run game, more downfield passing lanes will open up.

Addai looks very good so far today, and it looks like he will carry the load for the game. He seemed to have hurt his hamstring, so it is key he gets back in the game. Keep Painter's options simple by running the ball early and often.

 

2. Keep Protecting Painter

The Colts' offensive line has done a great job picking up the blitz and has given Painter a lot of time to pass. Painter has shown that when he has time to throw, he can hit the Colts' impressive group of WRs.

The O-line will need to keep the pressure off of Painter so the offense can stay balanced. The first drive showed how dangerous the Colts' offense can be when they are balanced.

 

3. Keep the Defense Off of the Field

A huge key to the Colts winning the game is to have long, sustained drives. They need to limit the times the Chiefs get the ball.

Keeping the ball on the ground can lead to manageable second and third downs.

 

4. No Turnovers

Painter has done a great job managing the game and will need to continue to limit mistakes. It is crucial the Colts don't give the Chiefs any breaks through turnovers. The defense has limited KC's offense and has showed they can handle the Chiefs.

He needs to make smart decisions and take what the defense gives him. No turnovers will give the Colts a great chance of winning the game.

 

5. Keep the Pressure On Cassel

The Colts' defensive line has been putting a lot of pressure on Matt Cassel. He has been making errant throws and generally looks uncomfortable in the pocket.

The Indy star DEs need to keep up the pressure and try to force a few turnovers.

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