Sun Tzu said in the Art of War that "All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near." And I hope, and believe that Andy Reid employed some of the tactics in waging his war.
I don't know if this is something I tell myself, but I believe what I saw in the loss was perhaps something much deeper than a lot of us fans can understand.
Yes, the Chiefs lost in spectacular fashion, at home, to a dome team, in the cold.
But in that loss, I saw something that was a bit too much of a plan to ignore. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but here are my thoughts on the loss, and maybe, just maybe you can agree with my angle as well.
So the game started out with the Chiefs defense forced a 3-and-out, and the Chiefs offense took over. The Chiefs offense then went on to score with almost surgical precision and efficiency - I don't think there were any mistakes in that first drive. The Chiefs defense then forced another 3-and-out. Then something weird happened. All of a sudden, the game plan looked very... vanilla? The offense didn't move the ball much, there were nothing exotic about the scheme or personnel. The defense all of a sudden became a sieve, I honestly thought I could have ran the routes the Colts WRs were running, in my dress shoes.
I personally think that perhaps, the coaches got what they wanted out of the first series out of the game, and shut everything down. Perhaps they purposely called the wrong plays on defense or offense, knowing that the plays won't work - but they already knew that when calling the play.
Perhaps the coaches want to plan a seed into the Colts' minds, that it is easy to defeat the Chiefs.
Perhaps the coaches want to set a perfect trap, for when the two meet again somewhere down the playoffs road.
The more I think about the deception angle, the more things make sense about the play calling. No runs - let's save our stud RB for when it counts, lest he get injured in a meaningless game. Yes there was Knile Davis, but I don't think they'd start with Knile so early in the game if the coaches think the game counted for anything. No exotic schemes - why show our hands? Yes, we'd like to win with the basic schemes, but in order to win with the basic scheme, your players have to execute to perfection - they didn't do that. So it is a loss. But in that loss, I see reasons for hope. I'm not as down as most of the pessimists, and yes, I have a lot more Kool-aid to pass around.
"All war is based on deception".