Coming up with an overall grade for the Kansas City Chiefs comeback performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 was a bit tough. While the Chiefs did complete a 17 point comeback, the first 25 minutes of the game were atrocious for KC.
I break down my grades for yesterday's game after the jump.
Passing offense: A. I don't know how you could not give Matt Cassel and company an A here. Cassel was 21/29 for 257 yards and four touchdowns. Dwayne Bowe caught seven passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Steve Breaston is making an impact in the fifth game. All around, a fantastic job by Matt Cassel to lead the Chiefs over the Colts.
Rushing offense: A. This is a surprising A for me. Jackie Battle rushed nineteen times for 119 yards. Did you see that coming? Because I didn't. Battle has only had a chance to start a few times in his career and nothing in those games made me think he could average nearly six yards per carry over the course of a game. Thomas Jones had his best game of the year too, rushing for 55 yards on ten carries. The Chiefs finally look like the team that led the league in rushing last season.
Pass defense: C. Colts QB Curtis Painter had a frustrating second half but that was more due to his receivers dropping passes than the effort of the Chiefs' secondary. Painter made the Chiefs look terrible in the first half, hitting wide open receivers at will. This grade of a C is an average of a failing grade in the first half and a B in the second half.
Rush defense: B. The Chiefs gave up 78 yards rushing and generally played pretty well defending the run. It wasn't a dominating effort but good enough, which is why they get a B.
Special teams: B. Another quiet B grade. Not much to say. The special teams effort was good enough.
Average all of these grades out and I think you'll come close to a B+ as my final grade. The Chiefs made a great comeback but a terrible first 25 minutes of the game keeps them short of getting an A.