Colts Defense Shuts Down the Bengals
An absolute showcase was put on Sunday against the Bengals. Was it the number 1 offense in the league? Nope. The Colts defense. They put the clamps down on a banged up Bengals offense. The first 7 Cincinnati possessions all ended in 3-and-out and their first down was due to a penalty.
The first half score was a lowly 10-0 Colts, that being due to 2 fumbles from Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson after a bad handoff. None the less the Colts defense was fantastic every possession. Vontae Davis and Greg Toler did a great job shutting down the pass game and Cory Redding added a sack.
Erik Walden was thrown out of Sunday’s game for making contact with a referee and was very confused by the call as was everyone else. Walden wasn’t leaving the field while Pagano was asking questions and was escorted. No fine or further punishment was assessed and he will be back next.
The only thing that changed in the second half was scoring for the Colts. The 1-2 punch of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw where dominant, they finished with 129 yards on 24 carries and Trent finished with 118 total yards and would have had more. He left early due to a minor hamstring injury and would have returned but they decided to keep him out because of precautionary reasons. Andrew Luck had himself a nice game with 344 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
The total offense was great with a total of 506 yards and had a nice spread between run and pass. Tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwyane Allen combined for 116 yards and a touchdown. Jack Doyle also proved very effective yet again in the blocking game.
Reggie Wayne got banged up after a hard hit on the field that caused an elbow injury and after that seemed a little shaken up after dropping multiple passes. Colts said the injury isn’t to serious, but it is very possible he could miss a game or 2. That would of course open things up more for Hakeem Nicks. Also they held Arthur Jones another game for precautionary reason and will be back next week against the Steelers.
The Bengals finished with a total of 135 yards of offense, they also did not score a single point. The showcase the Colts displayed Sunday was spectacular and somewhat surprising since they haven’t had a total defensive shutout since 2008. Vontae Davis delivered a highlight reel type hit on Cincinnati running back Giovanni Bernard in the 3rd quarter which really got the crowd going. Vontae Davis only allowed only 13 receiving yards covering Greg Little.
The pass rush also has kept up very well and Bjoern Werner has really continued to show his potential. He has a sack and 3 hits on the quarterback. Hopefully he can continue to develop and become a future leader for the Colts defense.
The final score being 27-0 the Colts were very satisfied but still have work to do and will have a tough game next week in Pittsburgh. Arthur Jones will be back and the defense will be and try to duplicate last week’s performance.