INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts clinched the AFC South on Sunday but dropped a 42-28 contest to the Cincinnati Bengals. Today's news look at the Colts measuring up against playoff competition, the emergence of some young receivers and BenJarvus Green-Ellis' late first half touchdown.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromMonday, December 9th.Colts lacking vs. AFC's elite; lose 42-28By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder takes a look at the 8-4 Bengals meeting the 8-4 Colts and a "playoff" type atmosphere that was on hand.
Against a very good Bengals team, the Colts flat-out didn't measure up. They didn't measure up on offense, their promising, much-improved effort was not enough to overcome the Bengals' balanced offensive attack.
The Colts certainly didn't measure up on defense, the unit humbled after its fruitless efforts to contain Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and running back Giovani Bernard, who averaged an eye-popping 8.3 yards per carry. The Bengals amassed 430 yards of offense in the game.
The Colts didn't even measure up on special teams, losing containment of punt returner Brandon Tate at times, in addition to other assorted ills experienced in the kicking game.
Even the Colts said they anticipated a playoff-like atmosphere to Sunday's game, and it felt like a very big game. That being said, if the Colts want to be in the playoffs, the Bengals are the kind of team they're going to see. That should make them nervous.
"I don't want to get into where we are, who we are as a team," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "But I know we are what we put on film."
Young Colts receivers provide hope for futureBy: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Did the Colts see some emergence on Sunday from young receiver Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill.
Reggie Wayne sat in front of his cubicle in a locker room quieted by the Colts' 42-28 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He considered the contributions of Rogers and Brazill, and smiled.
Surprised? Uh, no.
"I see this every day in practice," said Wayne, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Oct. 20. "Sky's the limit with those guys. Potential is out the door.
"That's why we didn't go out and get anybody on the street when I went down, because of what we've got already."
Wayne finished tying his shoes and straightening his stocking hat.
"This doesn't surprise me at all," he said. "Hopefully we can build off this. They're young, talented, got fresh legs."
Crucial TD overturn goes Bengals' wayBy: Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com
Here's a look at the controversial call from the end of the first half on Sunday with the perspective of Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
When asked if he thought about looking at for defensive tackle tripping Green-Ellis, Triplette didn't have a specific answer.
"I don't know about that, what position … there was nobody that touched him at the goal line," he said.
When asked again, he repeated his position.
"We reviewed the goal line," he said.
Green-Ellis didn't deny he was tripped up in the backfield, but didn't shed much more light on the matter.
"I felt my left foot get hit, but don't know if I tripped on my own or was hit," he said.