Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wrap-up: Bengals 27, Colts 17
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts:
What it means: The Bengals match their win total from all of last season and ended a seven-game losing streak to the Colts. It's been an improbable start for Cincinnati, which was predicted to finish last in the AFC North. Six weeks into the regular season, Cincinnati has the same record (4-2) as the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Thumbs up: The NFL's top-ranked defense lived up to its label. Cornerback Nate Clements forced a fumble in Indianapolis territory to set up the Bengals' first touchdown, and Carlos Dunlap returned a Colts fumble 35 yards in the fourth quarter to finish off Cincinnati's third straight win. Overall, the Bengals forced three turnovers.
Thumbs down: The Bengals continually hurt themselves with 11 penalties for 111 yards. The Colts were flagged twice.
Road block: Clements came up big in the fourth quarter when he blocked Adam Vinatieri's 52-yard field goal. It would have tied the game with 5:38 left in the game.
What's next: The Bengals get a well-deserved bye before playing at Seattle.