Colts Fail To Finish Once Again In Cincinnati

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Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) runs in for a touchdown against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw (26) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) runs in for a touchdown against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw (26) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts drop another close game to the Bengals today, 24-23. The Colts led this game with 7:05 left in this game, until Carlos Dunlap pick sixed a ball that should not have been thrown in the first place. I feel like these recaps are the same every week. “The Colts drop another close game to the (insert any team here), failing to finish off their opponent.” My calling of the fourth quarter collapse before it happened isn’t even impressive at this point.


Maybe Andrew Luck’s eventual return will fix the Colts’ fourth quarter woes. That’s all we can hope for. Despite all of the positives that came out of this game, the result is all that matters in the end.

The offense was very, very inconsistent today. Hey, inconsistent is better than terrible, right? The Colts’ offense was aided by some good special teams plays, including a muffed punt and a blocked field goal by player of the game Henry Anderson. The Colts were generally able to take advantage of the short fields they got, but could not score otherwise. Marlon Mack recorded his first career receiving touchdown off of a 24 yard scamper. This kid is electric; he needs the ball more. Frank Gore had an incredible game, rushing for 82 yards on 5.1 yards per carry. The Colts decided to go away from the run game in the fourth quarter, which ended up costing them the game. Like I have said before: Chuck Pagano has Pete Carroll Syndrome.

The aerial attack was decent at best. Jack Doyle had himself a career game, catching 12 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown on 14 targets(really 13, he was credited a target on the Dunlap interception). Doyle was the only factor in the passing game, though. T.Y. Hilton was a non-factor. Hilton made some openings for himself, such as burning cornerback William Jackson, but Brissett could not deliver. Here is an interesting statistic: In the two Colt victories this season, Hilton has averaged 165 receiving yards. In the Colts’ six losses, he has averaged 32.8 receiving yards, including a paltry 15 today. Hilton needs to get more involved if the Colts want to win. Kamar Aiken dropped three passes, which is unacceptable.

The Colt defense played well for most of the game, and was far from the cause of this loss. Apart from an A.J. Green touchdown, a magical, Johnny Manziel like touchdown pass by Andy Dalton, and a long screen pass to Joe Mixon, this defense held strong. The Colts recovered two fumbles, sacked Dalton three times, hit him six times, and recorded eight tackles for loss. Remember, this is without three of the Colts’ best defensive players: John Simon, Malik Hooker, and Rashaan Melvin.

Game Ball: Henry Anderson

Henry Anderson had himself a career day. It started with a field goal block, and ended with an incredible stat line of seven tackles, a sack, a QB hit, and three tackles for loss. Anderson flew all over the field today, and constantly disrupted the Bengal offense. The Bengal offensive line had a nightmare trying to block Anderson. Anderson, combined with Jabaal Sheard and a healthy John Simon forms a formidable defensive front.

The Colts were penalized seven times today, and have the most false start penalties in the NFL.

The Colts travel to Houston to take on the Texans in their third division game. This is a must win game if Indianapolis wants to keep any semblance of hope for this season alive.

Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts, and a national writer. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @doctortruthboi and @cover32_IND.


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