Colts Drop Preseason Finale To Bengals

Intro: In their preseason finale, the Colts lost, 35-7, to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium. The Colts regular season opener comes on September 7 when they travel to Denver to play on Sunday Night Football.


CINCINNATIFourth Quarter Recap

The Bengals struck again in the fourth quarter with receiver Cobi Hamilton making Sheldon Price miss in space and going the distance for a 50-yard touchdown. That extended the Bengals lead to 28-0 with 13:51 to go in the fourth quarter.

Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish led his best drive of the night following the Bengals fourth touchdown. An 11-play, 77-yard series ended with Da'Rick Rogers scoring from seven yards out. The touchdown cut the Bengals lead to 28-7, with 8:44 to go in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati quickly answered the Rogers score. In just 1:30, the Bengals drove 37 yards in five plays thanks to a 59-yard kickoff return by Onterio McCalebb. Bengals running back James Wilder Jr. scored on a three-yard touchdown run. Wilder Jr.'s touchdown gave the Bengals a 35-7 lead with 6:05 left in the fourth quarter.

That would be the final score as the Colts finished the preseason winless in 2014.Third Quarter Recap

After a Colts three-and-out to start the second half, Bengals wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher took the ensuing punt 77 yards the other way for a touchdown. That score pushed the Bengals lead to 14-0 with 13:30 to go in the third quarter.

Following the Bengals punt return for a touchdown, the Colts offense continued to struggle. Quarterback Chandler Harnish was once again flushed from the pocket and under duress threw a pick six to Bengals safety Danieal Manning. The interception return was 33 yards and gave the Bengals a 21-0 lead with 12:27 left in the third quarter.

Neither offense got into any sort of a rhythm the rest of the quarter as the team's traded punts back and forth.

At the end of the third quarter, the Bengals led the Colts 21-0.Second Quarter Recap

After punts on the Colts first two offensive drives, Chandler Harnish led the offense to the Bengals 10-yard line. The Colts went for it on a fourth-and-two but undrafted rookie Zurlon Tipton had no chance as the play was blown up in the backfield.

The Bengals answered with their best drive of the night. Rookie running back Jeremy Hill took off for a 41-yard screen pass from quarterback Jason Campbell. That drive ended with Campbell finding tight end Ryan Hewitt for a one-yard touchdown. Campbell's pass was tipped by Colts linebacker Andy Studebaker, but Hewitt was there to haul in the deflected attempt.

The Colts leading tacklers at halftime were Josh McNary and Marcus Burley with seven apiece. McNary is seeing his first game action of the preseason as he's missed the last month due to a shoulder injury.

At halftime, the Bengals led the Colts 7-0.First Quarter Recap

The Bengals won the toss and elected to receive.

The Colts defense did not have one player start on Thursday night that is currently listed as a starter on the team's depth chart.

Offensively, the Colts slid rookie Jack Mewhort over to center with Khaled Holmes and Jonotthan Harrison not playing. Mewhort and Mario Harvey were the only listed starters to start for the Colts offense on Thursday.

Each team had a pair of offensive series in the opening frame, all of which ended in punts.At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at 0.Starting Lineups

The Colts defensive starters: Ricky Jean Francois, Brandon McKinney, Zach Kerr, Jonathan Newsome, Kelvin Sheppard, Josh McNary, Cam Johnson, Josh Gordy, Marcus Burley, Colt Anderson and Mike Adams.

The Colts offensive starters: Chandler Harnish, Boom Herron, Mario Harvey, Donte Moncrief, Da'Rick Rogers, Jack Doyle, Joe Reitz, Lance Louis, Jack Mewhort, Josh Walker and Matt Hall.

In-Game Injury Updates

OT-Joe Reitz (X-rays indicate a high ankle sprain)Colts Players Not Dressed

20-Darius Butler

26-Delano Howell

28-Greg Toler

50-Jerrell Freeman

87-Reggie Wayne

98-Robert MathisColts Pre-Game Notes

-There won't be a "will not play" list issued tonight like previous preseason games. Andrew Luck took Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen through a route tree about two hours before kickoff.

-Later on, Luck worked with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw on routes out of the backfield.

-For the second straight year, the Colts and Bengals are meeting in the preseason finale at Paul Brown Stadium. The two teams have met in the preseason every year but one since 1992.Weather Update

-It's a perfect night here in Cincinnati with temperatures and the 80s and sunny skies shining down on the Colts and Bengals.

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