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Four winners and three losers from the Chiefs 19-13 loss to the Colts

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In their first loss of the season, the Chiefs’ struggles revealed both winners and losers

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts 19-13 in their first loss of the season. The Chiefs are now 4-1.

Here are four winners and three losers from the game.

Winners

  • Wide receiver Byron Pringle followed up his incredibly clutch catch and run from last week with a career performance in primetime. He was on the receiving end of a 27-yard touchdown throw from Patrick Mahomes — and nearly converted a third-and-28 in the fourth quarter. Pringle finished the game with six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.
  • Edge rusher Justin Houston had a phenomenal return to Arrowhead Stadium, making two huge plays to help his team get the upset. The first was in the second quarter — a sack on that gave the Chiefs third and long in the red zone. Though Kansas City scored on the next play, Houston’s performance only got better from there. He continued to pressure Mahomes throughout the game. Then on a fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, he got a key tackle for loss to force a turnover on downs. Houston ended the game with four total tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
  • Safety Tyrann Mathieu got his first interception of the season — which is a good sign for the Chiefs secondary. Mathieu picked off Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett late in the second quarter, stopping Indianapolis from putting points on the board. Though the Chiefs couldn’t convert the turnover into points, any time the defense makes a play it should be highlighted. Mathieu finished the game with four tackles, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed and the interception.
  • Colts running back Marlon Mack had his way with the Chiefs defense. Mack finished the game with 29 carries for 132 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Indianapolis was able to extend their drives and control time of possession in large part to Mack’s contributions.

Losers

  • Cornerback Bashaud Breeland struggled deeply in the loss to the Colts. Following a heads- up play to score on a 100-yard fumble return last week, Breeland came back down to earth with one of his worst games this season. He was called for three holding penalties while covering wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and missed a crucial tackle in the backfield that would have stopped a long Indianapolis run. While the Chiefs gave up more yards on the ground than they did through the air, penalties from Breeland (and others) helped extend Colts drives that ultimately kept the ball out of Mahomes’ hands.
  • Defensive end Frank Clark was held without a sack for the second straight game and the fourth time all season. After vowing to ramp up his production in the pass rush, Clark once again had trouble getting to the quarterback. He ended the game with two total tackles and a tackle for loss — which won’t be enough for a Chiefs team dealing with injuries to their defensive line
  • Running back LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Chiefs ground attack did not have a great game on Sunday. The Chiefs only gained 36 yards on the ground — and McCoy had a crucial fumble in the second quarter following an interception. McCoy had the ball punched out of his grasp on a screen while the Chiefs were on the Indianapolis 25-yard line, ending a potential scoring drive. McCoy ended the game with no carries and two receptions for 23 yards.