Anatomy Of The Drives: Bengals Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the three touchdown drives the Colts had in their 27-0 victory over the Bengals on Sunday afternoon

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Ahmad Bradshaw's one-yard touchdown runThe scene: Tied at 0 with 14:53 left in the second quarter, the Colts took over at their own 32-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 5 plays for 68 yards in 2:45.Key play: All three of these touchdown drives can largely be attributed to the afternoon put together by the Indianapolis defense. This offensive series for the Colts came after four straight three-and-outs for the Bengals offense. The big play on this series though came from T.Y. Hilton on this drive. It was a similar route to when Hilton scored his 33-yard touchdown against the Texans but just flip the side of the field for this one. Hilton got behind the Bengals secondary and hauled in a 46-yard gain to push the Colts inside the Bengals red zone. Hilton finished the day with seven catches for 107 yards, his 13th career game of 100 receiving yards.The score: A lot of times this year, we've seen the Colts go with their jumbo package near the goal line but not on this score. With the two-tight end look of Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle was the fullback in the I-formation. It was a counter play by the Indy offense with Doyle paving the way for Bradshaw. It's kind of hard to believe that the score was just the first rushing touchdown of 2014 for Bradshaw, who certainly made up for his earlier fumble over the course of the game.**

Dwayne Allen's 32-yard receptionThe scene:Leading 10-0 with 13:41 left in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 15-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:8 plays for 85 yards in 3:54.Key play:A 10-point halftime lead felt like it should have been much larger for the Colts. Stretching the margin to three possessions was important early in the third. On this drive the key play came on a third-and-five at the Indianapolis 20-yard line. Lost in the Bengals struggles on third down was the Colts misfiring on their six such first half attempts. Their first conversion came here with Coby Fleener making a terrific behind the body catch for 26 yards and a first down. Credit Andrew Luck as well for hanging in the pocket to deliver the big play.The score:It was more tight end production on this drive with Dwayne Allen then getting into the fold. On a third-and-two, the Colts ran a crossing route between Allen and Reggie Wayne. Coverage from the Bengals was spot on though and Allen had to make a tremendous over the shoulder/head type of grab from Luck. Then we saw some burst from Allen as he sprinted down the far sideline for his fourth touchdown catch during the Colts five-game winning streak.
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Ahmad Bradshaw's 10-yard touchdown receptionThe scene:Leading 17-0 with 5:00 left in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 15-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:13 plays for 85 yards in 7:51.Key play:Leading by three scores, a clock-eating drive was a welcomed sight in trying to preserve Sunday's win. That's exactly what the Colts got here. A couple of third-and-short conversions kept this 7:51 drive alive. On three different occasions, the Colts converted third-and-ones with an 18-yard reception by Ahmad Bradshaw being the critical play. The route from Bradshaw was a little post out of the backfield and the running back made a tremendous adjustment to the ball from Luck, who took another hit, for the reception down to the Bengals 21-yard line.The score:** Most of Bradshaw's touchdown receptions this year have been pretty straightforward. This one though was a spectacular individual effort by Bradshaw to avoid several Bengals defenders. The six receiving touchdowns for Bradshaw this season is the most for any NFL running back at this point in the year since 1986. Eventually, Bradshaw's presence out of the backfield is going to have to open things up for other targets in the red zone. Teams have to realize just how effective Bradshaw is inside the 20-yard line.

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