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Thread: regular season week 6- Cincinnati Bengals 27 Indianapolis Colts 17-October 16,2011

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    regular season week 6- Cincinnati Bengals 27 Indianapolis Colts 17-October 16,2011

    CINCINNATI -- With a game and its reputation on the line, the NFL's top-ranked defense wasn't going to let one get away in the closing minutes.


    Especially not against a Colts team that has become stunningly adept at giving them away.
    Cornerback Nate Clements blocked a late field goal try that would have tied the game, and Carlos Dunlap returned a fumble 35 yards for the clinching score Sunday, helping the Cincinnati Bengals hold on for a 27-17 victory that kept Indianapolis winless.

    "That was nerve-racking," Bengals receiver A.J. Green said. "I'm glad we have a bye week now. I need it for my heart."

    The Bengals (4-2) matched their victory total from last season and ended a seven-game losing streak against the Colts, who had never lost to Cincinnati with Peyton Manning at quarterback. It was the third week in a row that the Bengals broke a long losing streak against an opponent.

    Now, they head into their bye week with their first three-game winning streak in two years.

    "I feel we can be as good as we want to be," Dunlap said. "We've got the guys in place to go as far as we want to go."

    The question for the Colts is how low they will go. Manning was on the sideline again Sunday, watching helplessly as the Colts fell to 0-6 for the fifth time in franchise history.
    Each game, we're in it in the fourth quarter and something happens," defensive back Jerraud Powers said. "Something dramatic happens."

    Curtis Painter rallied Indianapolis from a 20-7 deficit in the second half, getting the Colts in range for Adam Vinatieri's 52-yard field goal try to tie with 5:38 left. Clements came around the end of the line and swatted it away.

    That dramatic play was quickly followed by another. After the Bengals missed a field goal, Pierre Garcon was stripped of the ball as he tried to get extra yards after a catch, with the ball flying directly to Dunlap nearby.

    "I have no clue what happened," said Dunlap, who outran offensive linemen to reach the end zone. "I don't know how it came out, but I saw it coming down to me."

    It was the second straight Bengals win capped by a defensive lineman celebrating in the end zone. Geno Atkins' 10-yard fumble return completed a 30-20 victory in Jacksonville a week earlier.

    Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton put together an impressive performance against the Colts' hard-charging defense. He was 25 of 32 for 264 yards and one touchdown without a sack, completing 13 straight throws over one stretch.
    Already missing Manning, the Colts also were without injured running back Joseph Addai and left tackle Anthony Castonzo. Indianapolis had to shuffle its line, moving Jeff Linkenbach from right to left tackle. Guard Ryan Diem, hobbled by an ankle injury, moved from guard to right tackle.

    Not a good way to go against the NFL's top-ranked defense.

    Still, the Colts had a chance at the end.

    Painter's 1-yard touchdown pass to Clark cut it to 20-17 with 9:33 left. He would get them in range for the tying field goal, only to have Clements -- a free agent acquisition who replaced Johnathan Joseph -- slap it away. Dunlap's fumble return with 2:22 to go ended Indy's chances.

    Painter was 23 of 34 for 188 yards with his first interception in 115 attempts.

    Game notes
    Colts LB A.J. Edds left the game in the third quarter and was evaluated for a possible concussion. ... Nugent's miss from 43 yards into a swirling wind snapped his streak of 13 straight field goals to start the season. ... It was the Bengals' first blocked field goal since Antwan Odom blocked Kris Brown's try on Oct. 18, 2009 against Houston.


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    Last edited by Colts01; 10-16-2011 at 07:58 PM.

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    Well, hell. I feel bad that the Colts are losing and good that the Bengals are winning. Pierre Garcon's upside--that ability to make the unbelievable catch in clutch situations--may be outweighed by his overall inability to hold on to the damned football.
    Colts seem to have about one dominant defensive game in them each season. Last year it was v. the Giants, this year against PIT. They truly may go 0-16 this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
    Well, hell. I feel bad that the Colts are losing and good that the Bengals are winning. Pierre Garcon's upside--that ability to make the unbelievable catch in clutch situations--may be outweighed by his overall inability to hold on to the damned football.
    Colts seem to have about one dominant defensive game in them each season. Last year it was v. the Giants, this year against PIT. They truly may go 0-16 this year.

    Colts still have 2 games against the Jags.

    I was impressed with Curtis Painter today. He can do damage with that receiving corp. Colts issue is their defense, particularly their secondary.

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    Painter is doing a great job thus far. A win would be nice for the Colts, but at least they are in the game instead of scratching for their lives. Mega props to my fave rookie QB this year, Dalton. I posted a few months ago how much I really liked him. I believe I predicted a possible 9-7 season for the Bengals. I hope they are, I bet some friends that the Steelers would lose 2nd place in the division to the Bungles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curtis View Post
    Painter is doing a great job thus far. A win would be nice for the Colts, but at least they are in the game instead of scratching for their lives. Mega props to my fave rookie QB this year, Dalton. I posted a few months ago how much I really liked him. I believe I predicted a possible 9-7 season for the Bengals. I hope they are, I bet some friends that the Steelers would lose 2nd place in the division to the Bungles.
    I agree that Painter is doing a good job with that offense. Colts fans didn't who thought Painter was bad had never had the opportunity to watch Collins

    With the Steelers looking so inconsistent I am actually beginning to smell playoffs for the Bengals. They're young, but they're on a roll which is good going into the meatier part of their schedule. Kind of wish they didn't have a bye this week, hope it doesn't slow the momentum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
    I agree that Painter is doing a good job with that offense. Colts fans didn't who thought Painter was bad had never had the opportunity to watch Collins

    With the Steelers looking so inconsistent I am actually beginning to smell playoffs for the Bengals. They're young, but they're on a roll which is good going into the meatier part of their schedule. Kind of wish they didn't have a bye this week, hope it doesn't slow the momentum.
    I think the bye week is coming at a perfect time. They really need to get the running game on track, and the bye week will also allow this young offense to add more plays in both the passing and running games. The defense also got Pacman back from the PUP list today (not officially, but gonna happen), now he has 2 weeks to get ready.

    The Bengals need to win 2 of the next 3 before they can start thinking about the playoffs. At Seattle, At Tennesee, home against the steelers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    I think the bye week is coming at a perfect time. They really need to get the running game on track, and the bye week will also allow this young offense to add more plays in both the passing and running games. The defense also got Pacman back from the PUP list today (not officially, but gonna happen), now he has 2 weeks to get ready.

    The Bengals need to win 2 of the next 3 before they can start thinking about the playoffs. At Seattle, At Tennesee, home against the steelers.
    Good point about the bye week...they are going to have to get some more production out of the running game going forward. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are not the Colts (yeah, yeah, I'm the Queen of Obvious here). Guess they also need to prepare for the possibility of Benson being out for a while, though he hasn't exactly been churning out big yardage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
    Good point about the bye week...they are going to have to get some more production out of the running game going forward. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are not the Colts (yeah, yeah, I'm the Queen of Obvious here). Guess they also need to prepare for the possibility of Benson being out for a while, though he hasn't exactly been churning out big yardage.
    It's not all on Benson, in fact I'd say the majority isn't. The Oline, mainly the right side, hasn't been spectacular thus far. Further, teams have been consistently putting 8 in the box daring Dalton to beat them, and by and large he has.

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