Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wrap-up: Colts 23, Bengals 17
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Colts’ 23-17 win over the Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium.
What it means: The Colts moved to 6-3 and stand alone atop the AFC South thanks to Tennessee’s loss in Miami.
Turnover festival: Indianapolis scored 17 points off turnovers. Kelvin Hayden had his second pick-6 in three games. Tyjuan Hagler and Aaron Francisco also had interceptions, while Kavell Conner and Dwight Freeney forced fumbles that were recovered by Antonio Johnson and Mike Newton. Meanwhile, the offense didn’t turn it over. That’s an easy way to survive being outgained 341-256 in total net yards.
What I liked: A start for Jeff Linkenbach at right guard over Mike Pollak that appeared to be merit-based.
What I didn’t like: Pierre Garcon’s inability to secure an onsides kick late that would let the Colts’ worry less. A 42-yard run by Brian Leonard on a fourth-and 1 for Cincinnati. It was his only carry of the game.
The next newcomer: Brandon James did little as the punt returner, but he did chip in with four catches for 36 yards. For those keeping track he qualifies as the team’s sixth wide receiver.
What’s next: A trip to New England for the always intriguing matchup with the Patriots.