FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE
Williams carried on second down to the Cincinnati 21. Williams converted the third-and-one with a four-yard run up the middle. Harnish hit
THIRD QUARTER UPDATE
On second-and-12, Williams burst right for 16 yards to the Colts’ 32. Harnish and Cunningham hit for seven yards and a first down to the 42. Williams carried up the middle for eight yards. Hughes carried over the left side for another Colts first down. On third-and-eight from the 39, Harnish and Brown converted a first down to end the quarter.
Two Cincinnati rushes gained nine yards, and the Colts held on third-and-one. Rex Burkhead rushed off right tackle for two yards to convert the first down. On third-and-eight, Skelton and Burkhead combined on a 10-yard pass to the Colts’ two. Burkhead swept left for score to convert the takeaway into points. The Bengals led, 27-3, with 5:27 left in the quarter.
Indianapolis started at its 18 after a Williams kickoff return. A short run and an incompletion brought up third-and-nine, and Schaffer intercepted Harnish and returned the takeaway to the Colts’ 25.
Herron rushed for five yards to start the drive that originated at the 15. The Bengals got a first down by penalty, then
SECOND QUARTER UPDATE
Cincinnati had 13 first downs to the Colts’ 8. The Bengals converted five-of-seven third downs and owned a net yardage lead of 194-118, while out-rushing the Colts, 123-70.
Daniel Herron rushed for 20 yards to open the drive.
Williams rushed twice for six yards and on third-and-four, Harnish and Whalen clicked for a first down on a six-yard completion. Williams broke right for 23 yards. Robert Hughes rushed for nine yards to give the Colts a first down at the Cincinnati 36. Indianapolis was flagged for holding, and Hughes hit up the middle for six yards. On third-and-13 from the 39, Harnish scrambled for one yard. McAfee punted to the Cincinnati nine with 2:06 left in the quarter.
Cincinnati moved for a first down when Johnson fled the pocket and gained 21 yards to the Colts’ 33. Johnson after gaining big over the right side left the pocket to the left and rushed for 17 yards. After Peerman gained five yards, Angerer halted a completion after three yards. Peerman swept to the three for a first down. Johnson and Marvin Jones connected for the score one play later to conclude the 58-yard drive 7:06 into the quarter. The Bengals have 103 rushing yards after the drive.
Harnish hit a short pass to start the drive, then
On the Bengals’ first play,
FIRST QUARTER UPDATE
Josh Johnson hit Bernard for 16 yards to start the drive. Cedric Peerman reversed field and gained 22 yards, but the Colts stiffened at their 24. Mike Nugent hit a 42-yard field goal for a 10-3 lead with 1:07 left in the period.
The Colts were dropped for a seven-yard loss on the opening play while running a reverse. After Brown hit for six yards up the middle, he gained two yards on a delayed draw, forcing a punt.
Cincinnati returned Pat McAfee’s kick to the Colts 49, a 51-yard return. Colts front-liners in to open the drive were
Cincinnati won the toss and elected to defer the choice to the second half. Indianapolis will receive.
COLTS-BENGALS GAMES NOTES
Hugh Thornton starts at RG for
Joe Reitz starts at LT for
Justice Cunningham starts at TE for
COLTS NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY:
COLTS PRE-GAME NOTES:
This is the 11th straight preseason the Colts and Bengals have met in the final weekend of play. The Colts will return to Paul Brown Stadium on December 8 to meet the Bengals in a 1:00 p.m. game.
The Colts’ first-team defense, which may not play intact tonight, has not allowed a preseason touchdown. The team’s first-team unit has allowed only eight conversions in the last 31 third-down attempts.
The Colts could be completing their first winning preseason since 2003. Cincinnati owns the preseason series edge, 13-8. The Colts lead the league series, 16-9, and the Colts have won the only playoff meeting.
The Colts hope to close preseason with a strong defensive performance against the run, but Cincinnati has averaged 170.7 yards per game, plus a 5.6 average per attempt.
Cincinnati Asst. HC/OL Paul Alexander and Colts GM Ryan Grigson are close friends. Grigson was drafted by Cincinnati in the sixth-round in 1995, and Alexander was his position coach during his stay.
Jeff Linkenbach, Hugh Thornton, Griff Whalen, Ricardo Mathews and LaVon Brazill are either Ohio natives or played collegiately in the state.