CINCINNATIBENGALS (2-2) vs. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-3)
DATE: Thursday, September 2, 2010
SITE: Lucas Oil Stadium
KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
Concluding 2010 preseason play, the Indianapolis Colts, 0-3, host the Cincinnati Bengals, 2-2, on Thursday, September 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff for the contest is 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
Thursday's battle marks the 19th preseason meeting between the clubs in the past 26 years. The lone time the teams have not met in preseason since 1992 was in 2000. This is the eighth consecutive year and the ninth time in the last decade the clubs have battled to conclude preseason play. Indianapolis reaches Thursday's game with after dropping a 37-17 home decision to San Francisco (8/15), falling, 34-21, to Buffalo (at Toronto, 8/19) and dropping a 59-24 contest last Thursday at Green Bay. Cincinnati dropped a 16-7 decision to Dallas on August 8 in the Hall of Fame Game. The Bengals earned two home wins (33-24 over Denver, 8/15; 22-9 over Philadelphia, 8/20), then lost last Saturday at Buffalo, 35-20.
The Colts are owners of the NFL's best regular-season record (128-48) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn 10 playoff appearances in the last eleven seasons, including a league-best eight consecutive post-season berths. Indianapolis has won 73 of its last 89 regular-season games. The Colts own a 98-29 record (counting the playoffs) since the start of the 2003 season and are 84-24 since 2004. From November, 2003 to December, 2009, the Colts produced a regular-season record of 81-19, tying New England (2003-09) for the NFL's best 100-game regular-season mark. Indianapolis' winning ways include a 38-10 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 112 of 136 weeks of the division's existence. The Colts won five AFC South championships from 2003-07, the best divisional-title streak in club history. The Colts were wire-to-wire divisional leaders during the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons. The club's nine playoff berths in the 2000-09 decade tied the NFL record set by Dallas (9) in the 1970s. Indianapolis is the only team since 2002 Realignment to earn annual double-digit victory totals and playoff berths. From 2008-09, the Colts set an NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21, New England, 2006-08). The streak was the sixth 10 -game regular-season winning streak in franchise history (23, 2008-09; 13, 2005; 11, 1964; 11, 1975-76; 11, 1999; 10, 2005-06), the fourth since 1999. Caldwell became the only NFL rookie head coach to win his first 14 games in a season, surpassing Potsy Clark (8, Portsmouth, 1931), and he surpassed Wally Lemm (10, 1961 Houston Oilers-1962 St. Louis Cardinals) for the most consecutive wins to start a career. Caldwell also became the 2nd rookie head coach since the 1978 NFL move to a 16-game season to win 14 games (George Seifert, SF, 1989). Indianapolis extended its NFL record as the only franchise to win seven or more consecutive regular-season games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). Additionally, the Colts posted their eighth consecutive 10 -victory season, setting the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81). Indianapolis earned its seventh consecutive season with 11 victories, surpassing the NFL record it had shared with Dallas (6, 1976-81). The Colts extended their league mark to seven consecutive seasons (2003-09) with 12 victories. The Colts produced 115 victories for the 2000-09 decade, surpassing the league record of 113 by San Francisco from 1990-99.
PERSONNEL REPORT: Players last week who did not participate against Green Bay were QB-Tom Brandstater, TE-Dallas Clark, C-Jeff Saturday, OTs-Charlie Johnson and James Williams, WR-Austin Collie, RBs-Devin Moore and Allen Patrick, DBs-Jerraud Powers, Glenn Sharpe and Kevin Thomas.
TELEVISION/RADIO: WTTV-TV telecasts with Don Fischer, Mark Herrmann and Jeffrey Gorman (field reporter). 1070-The Fan/HANK-FM, 97.1 broadcasts with Bob Lamey, Will Wolford and Kevin Lee (field reporter).
NEXT WEEK: Indianapolis visits Houston on Sunday, September 12. Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
WWW.COLTS.COM: Please check the official website of the Indianapolis Colts for the latest in team information and merchandise.
* JIM CALDWELL* was named head coach of the Colts on January 13, 2009, and this marks his ninth season with Indianapolis. Caldwell joined the club in 2002 as quarterbacks coach before adding the title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season. Caldwell was promoted to associate head coach with the club prior to the 2008 season. From 2002-09, Caldwell has been a part of Colts teams that produced 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3, 12-4 and 14-2 records. Indianapolis is the only team to earn 12 victories in seven consecutive seasons, setting the NFL's all-time standard. Indianapolis has had eight consecutive 10 -victory seasons, setting the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81), and the Colts have surpassed Dallas (1976-81) as the only franchise to earn at least eleven victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts also have earned an NFL-best eight consecutive playoff appearances, and Indianapolis is the only team to post double-digit victory seasons and playoff berths each season since the 2002 realignment. From 2008-09, Indianapolis set the NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21 New England, 2006-08). Indianapolis also won 115 regular-season games from 2000-09, the most by a team in a decade in NFL history. From 2004-09, Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). In 2009, Caldwell became the 5th NFL rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl. Caldwell joined Chuck Knox (L.A. Rams, 1973), Red Miller (Denver, 1977), Mike Martz (St. Louis, 2000) and Josh McDaniels (Denver, 2009) as the only rookie head coaches in the Super Bowl era to start 6-0. He became the fourth coach ever to start 6-0 when succeeding a head coach who won 100 games (Blanton Collier, Cleveland, 1963, succeeded Paul Brown, 111 wins; Jack Pardee, Washington, 1978, succeeded George Allen, 116 wins; Josh McDaniels, Denver, 2009, succeeded Mike Shanahan, 146 wins; Caldwell, Colts, 2009, succeeded Tony Dungy, 139 wins). Caldwell joined the Colts after serving as quarterbacks coach with Tampa Bay in 2001. Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience. He spent 1993-2000 as head coach at Wake Forest. He served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and Penn State (1986-92). Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986. In addition to serving on Joe Paterno's title staff, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate crowns (Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville). Caldwell was a four-year starter at defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for Iowa in 1977. He holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa. Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis.
MARVIN LEWIS became the ninth Bengals head coach on January 14, 2003. Lewis joined Cincinnati after serving as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach with Washington in 2002. Lewis directed Cincinnati to 8-8 records in his first two seasons with the team, and the Bengals produced a record of 11-5 in 2005 in winning the AFC North. Cincinnati was 8-8 in 2006, 7-9 in 2007 and 4-11-1 in 2008. The Bengals amassed a 10-6 division-winning record in 2009. Lewis spent 1996-01 as defensive coordinator with Baltimore, a tenure that included a Super Bowl title during the 2000 regular season. Lewis' 2000 defensive unit set the NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game season (165) and ranked 1st in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (970), rushing average (2.7), takeaways (49), fumbles recovered (26) and shutouts (4). Lewis was LB Coach with Pittsburgh 1992-95. He started his career at his alma mater, Idaho State, as LB Coach from 1981-84. He served at Long Beach State 1985-86, New Mexico 1987-89 and Pittsburgh 1990-91 before entering the NFL. Lewis was a LB, QB and DB at Idaho State. He is a native of McDonald, Pa.
COLTS/BENGALS SERIES NOTES
The Colts and Bengals have met 18 times in preseason play since the franchises started meeting in 1985. Cincinnati leads the preseason series, 12-6. The teams last met in the preseason on September 3, 2009, with the Bengals earning a 38-7 home victory. On August 28, 2008, the Bengals took a 27-7 victory in Lucas Oil Stadium. The clubs met on September 1, 2007, when the Bengals earned a 14-6 home win. Cincinnati also earned a 20-3 win in Indianapolis on September 1, 2006. The clubs met in Paul Brown Stadium on September 2, 2005, with Cincinnati earning a 38-0 win. This is the tenth consecutive preseason the clubs have met. The rivalry was fought in Paul Brown Stadium on September 3, 2004, with Cincinnati gaining a 16-13 victory. The Colts topped the Bengals, 21-20, on August 29, 2003 for their last preseason triumph over Cincinnati. This is the ninth time in 10 years the clubs are meeting in the preseason finale. The teams met annually in preseason play from 1992-99. The league series stands 15-8 in favor of the Colts, and 1-0 in favor of the Colts in post-season play. The teams last met on December 7, 2008, with the Colts taking a 35-3 home victory. QB-Peyton Manning was 26-32-277, 3 TDs passing, teaming with TE-Dallas Clark (4-29, 1 TD; 4t) and WRs-Marvin Harrison (3-78, 1 TD; 5t) and Anthony Gonzalez (3-27, 1 TD; 2t) on scoring tosses. Indianapolis produced five sacks and four takeaways, including two interceptions by DB-Kelvin Hayden, the final one returned 85 yards for a score. The teams also met on December 18, 2006 in the RCA Dome, as the Colts posted a 34-16 win. Manning (29-36-282, 4 TDs) directed a potent offensive attack that included solid efforts from Harrison (8-86, 3 TDs) and WR-Reggie Wayne (7-84, 1 TD). DE-Dwight Freeney totaled three sacks as the club assumed a second-quarter lead it would not relinquish. The last series renewal in Cincinnati was on November 20, 2005, as Indianapolis forged a 45-37 win. Taking a 35-27 halftime lead with touchdowns on the first five possessions, the Colts earned an offensive shootout victory. Manning was 24-40-365, 3 TDs/1 int. Wayne was 5-117, 1 TD, while Clark was 6-125, 1 TD and RB-Edgerrin James was 24-89, 2 TDs rushing. Cincinnati produced 492 yards behind QB-Carson Palmer (25-38-335, 2 TDs/1 int.). Cincinnati rushed for 164 yards, while WR-Chad Johnson was 8-189, 1 TD receiving. The Colts posted a 28-21 victory over the Bengals on October 6, 2002. In that contest, Indianapolis raced to a 21-0 first-half lead and never trailed. Manning was 21-34-224, 2 TDs/1 int. and tallied on an 11t rush. He teamed with TE-Marcus Pollard (3t) and Harrison (9-145, 1 TD, 3t) on first-half scoring plays, while James' (22-60, 1 TD) 3t fourth-quarter rush provided the winning points. The clubs met on October 24, 1999, with the Colts winning in the RCA Dome, 31-10. Cincinnati's last win in the league series came on November 9, 1997, 28-13 in Indianapolis. The Colts won the only playoff encounter between the clubs, 17-0 in Baltimore on December 26, 1970. The teams met annually in league play from 1992 through 1999.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
2009 RANKINGS (denotes ranking is tied)
RANKINGS OFFENSE RANKING DEFENSE RANKING
Total Rush Pass CONF. NFL Total Rush Pass CONF. NFL
Colts 363.1 80.9 282.2 4-16- 2 9-32- 2 339.2 126.5 212.7 9-11- 9 18-24-14
Bengals 309.1 128.5 180.6 12- 6-12 24- 9-26 301.4 98.3 203.1 3- 3- 4 4- 7- 6
BEST NFL RECORDS DURING 1999-2009 REGULAR SEASONS
NFL'S BEST REGULAR SEASON RECORDS 1999-2009
Team Head Coach
128-48* COLTS * Tony Dungy/Jim Caldwell
120-56 New England Pete Carroll/Bill Belichick
109-66-1 Pittsburgh Bill Cowher/Mike Tomlin
108-67-1 Philadelphia Andy Reid
104-72 Tennessee Jeff Fisher
103-73 Green Bay R. Rhodes/M. Sherman/M. McCarthy
100-76 Baltimore Brian Billick/John Harbaugh
99-77 Denver Mike Shanahan/Josh McDaniels
95-81 NY Giants Jim Fassel/Tom Coughlin
94-82 Minnesota Dennis Green/Mike Tice/Brad Childress
COLTS ARE NFL'S WINNINGEST TEAM FROM 1999-2009: The Colts stand as the NFL's winningest team since the start of the 1999 season. The Colts own a 128-48 record during that span.