When Peyton Manning started preparing for the Chiefs, he didn't have a whole lot to go on as far as watching tape goes. Sure, the Chiefs played a 3-4 in 2009 but now Romeo Crennel was hear and he put some wrinkles in that are only seen on the Chiefs three wins.
Midway through the game, CBS announcer Dan Dierdorf said, "I can't remember the last time I saw Peyton Manning this frustrated."
So how was that Chiefs defense, despite the 19-9 loss to the Colts?
Here's what Peyton Manning said:
"Kind of what we expected," Peyton Manning said on the CBS telecast after the game. "We expected them to drop eight guys and cover and test our patience. We knew this would be a grind it out type of game. We moved the ball well but we'd like to be a little more effective in the red zone, a little earlier by getting a couple of touchdowns down there. Moving the ball wasn't the problem. In the red zone the field gets smaller and it gets tough. We settled for field goals but it was enough to get the win."
"When we played against the Colts, we knew we weren't blitzing. And [Romeo Crennel] told us: 'Guys, don't get upset, don't get impatient. The Colts are going to move the ball up and down the field, but that's what you want with the Colts. You want them to move the ball up and down the field, and when they get in the red zone, try to be patient and force Peyton (Manning) to make that mistake or hold them to a field goal.'"
It sounds like the Chiefs did most of what they wanted to do. They accepted that Manning was going to get a lot of yards and drive up and down the field. When they got in the red zone, as Manning talks about, the Chiefs tightened up.
Sometimes you just lose to Peyton Manning. Part of me is OK accepting that.