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Anatomy of the Drives: Bengals Edition

Each week will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For this week, here’s a look at the four offensive touchdown drives in the Colts 42-28 loss to the Bengals.





Da'Rick Rogers 69-yard touchdown catchThe scene: Down 21-0, the Colts took over at their own 26-yard line with 10:39 to go in the third quarter.The anatomy of the drive: 3 plays, for 74 yards in 0:44.Key play: The three-play drive didn't include any massive gains outside of Rogers touchdown reception. So how about we look at the kickoff "return" by newcomer Daniel Adongo. The Bengals thought they had something when they pooched their kickoff in between Adongo and Montori Hughes. Credit Adongo for immediately backpedaling and recognizing the short kick. He had trouble making the over the shoulder catch but he abruptly fell on the bouncing football to avoid a disaster.The score: At the 10:09 mark of the third quarter, the Colts were still in search of their first third-down conversion. It came in a massive way. On a third-and-six from the Indianapolis 31-yard line, Andrew Luck was alone in the backfield with Da'Rick Rogers lined up in the left slot. Rogers got a free release off the line of scrimmage and Luck found him just beyond the first down line. From there, Rogers brushed off a pair of Bengals and tackles and ran free down the middle of the field for his first NFL score.

LaVon Brazill's 19-yard touchdown catchThe scene: Down 21-7, the Colts took over at the Bengals 48-yard line with 7:22 to go in the third quarter.The anatomy of the drive: 3 plays, for 48 yards in 1:02.Key play: Luck's legs have set up so many scoring drives this year and that was once again the case on this scoring drive. After being set up with great field position, the Colts came out in an offset I-formation. Luck gave a subtle play action move to Donald Brown before pump faking to his left. The Colts offensive line did a nice job of pushing the Bengals edge rushers up field, which allowed Luck to step up and see plenty of green turf to his right. Luck tucked it and scampered 29 yards, his longest rush of the year.The score: Two plays later, the Colts came out in a three-receiver set with Luck in the shotgun. Brazill was lined up furthest to the right and ran a comeback towards the middle of the field. Luck found Brazill as the second-year receiver's momentum carried him towards the middle of the field. Brazill said it best after the game as he "pinballed" his way off a total of six Bengals tacklers and would not be denied in scoring his first touchdown of 2013.

LaVon Brazill's 29-yard touchdown catchThe scene: Down 35-14, the Colts took over at their own 25-yard line with 13:19 to go in the fourth quarter.The anatomy of the drive: 8 plays, for 75 yards in 3:37.Key play: Darrius Heyward-Bey has fought drops all season long but on this scoring drive, he came up with a critical third-down snag. On a third-and-three from the Indianapolis 49-yard line, DHB lined up in the right slot with Luck in the shotgun. Thanks to a very solid blitz pick up by Trent Richardson, Luck was able to deliver a strike to DHB for a 12-yard gain into Bengals territory.The score: Three plays later, the Colts were at the Bengals 29-yard line facing a first-and-10. In a trips formation to Luck's right, Brazill was once again the furthest right of the receivers. Brazill showed why Reggie Wayne thought he was the fastest Colts receiver last year by beating Bengals cornerback Terence Newman off the line of scrimmage. Brazill got past Newman and Luck dropped a beautiful pass in there for the duo's second touchdown of the afternoon.

Da'Rick Rogers 2-yard touchdown catchThe scene: Down 42-21, the Colts took over at their own 28-yard line with 3:58 to go in the fourth quarter.The anatomy of the drive: 10 plays, for 72 yards in 2:43.Key play: There wasn't a particular "chunk" play on the 10-play scoring drive. Instead it was the contributions from the running backs in the passing game that carried the Colts. Richardson caught four passes for 46 yards on the drive before passing the torch to Donald Brown. Then Brown contributed three catches for 16 yards to make up a total of 62 yards on the final touchdown drive.The score: Rogers capped his coming out party with one final highlight. On a second-and-goal from the two-yard line, Rogers lined up on the far left of the formation with DHB in the slot. Luck took the shotgun snap and found Rogers, who was aided by some nice blocks by DHB and Anthony Castonzo, for the screen pass touchdown.

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