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Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals

It’s time to go earlier than they go away on a three-game highway swing by way of should and bust. A complete of 13 of their 15 AFC opponents have extra victories than the 2-Four Bengals and one of many two that don’t arrive Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) when the 2-5 Colts flee to Paul Brown Stadium.
The Luck-less Colts are injured and reeling after final week’s 27-Zero dwelling repudiation by the hands of the Jaguars with the Bengals.com Media Roundtable categorizing the Bengals nearer to that clutch of 10 groups with three or 4 wins in a unanimous name over Indy. With the Four-Three Jags and Titans and Three-Three Broncos ready at dwelling for the Bengals within the subsequent three weeks and the Colts gazing Houston and Pittsburgh the subsequent two weeks, it’s nearly like PBS is the scene of an elimination recreation on the afternoon of Sport 5 of the World Sequence.
Let’s go round The Desk:
Mike Chappell, Colts beat reporter, Fox 59/CBS Four
It’s a should recreation for the Colts. They go to Houston after which have Pittsburgh at dwelling, so that you’re 2-Eight. They want this win, however the protection goes to be lacking its three finest gamers. Rookie security Malik Hooker, outdoors linebacker John Simon, and cornerback Rashaan Melvin. They’re simply not deep sufficient to beat that and the offense is a multitude with quarterback Jacoby Brissett nonetheless discovering his means. It’s not a great matchup. I can see the Bengals protection actually giving these guys issues.
The Colts gave up ten sacks final week, tied for second most in a 65-year workforce historical past. And 7 within the second half. I don’t see the way it will get higher. I do know the Bengals aren’t going nice weapons, however I can see quarterback Andy Dalton and A.J. Inexperienced having large days. Cornerback Vontae Davis is an effective participant, however he’s not enjoying effectively. Their finest gamers are the kicker and the punter. Will probably be shut till the center of the third quarter after which it would get away from them.  BENGALS, 24-13
Clark Choose, Discuss of Fame Community
The Colts are a multitude. They’ve had three losses by 27 or extra factors. This isn’t a lot about Cincinnati as it's about its opponent. The Colts are in disarray. They'll’t play protection. They'll’t play offense. They'll’t throw the ball. They'll’t run the ball. Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you just like the play? It’s a very unhealthy scenario. Anybody who watched that recreation final week, Jacksonville goes into Indianapolis, which ought to be a hostile atmosphere. The Jaguars don’t have their star participant Leonard Fournette. They usually crush them. In truth, Indianapolis can’t even rating. That tells you the whole lot you must know in regards to the Colts. I really like Cincinnati on this one. The road is 10.5 factors. You couldn’t make that line excessive sufficient for me.
There are plenty of groups in disarray. You have a look at Miami Thursday night time. I noticed the place Dolphins coach Adam Gase referred to as his offense abominable. There’s plenty of that going round.  The Bengals aren’t in that unhealthy of form. I’ll be sincere, I believed they'd win final week in Pittsburgh. At halftime they had been the place they wished to be. Pittsburgh gave them each alternative to get again in that recreation as a result of they couldn’t shut drives. They had been kicking area targets. The right exclamation level to an terrible efficiency was Dalton throwing the ball out-of-bounds on the finish of the sport on fourth-and-two. Nevertheless, that’s one half of the final 4 video games. They might have received the Inexperienced Bay recreation . Once they beat Buffalo that instructed me this workforce has a pulse. Be carefulBENGALS, 27-10
The numbers say a great day for Joe Mixon to interrupt out.
Paul Dehner, Jr., The Cincinnati Enquirer
This can be a get-well run recreation week. A Hobson particular. Certain, you'll be able to say a Hobson’s Selection particular. It’s no matter you need it to be. It’s time to determine this run recreation and that is the workforce to do it in opposition to. They’re not excellent at stopping the run. They don’t have Hooker. They don’t have Simon. They’re lacking items they usually’re already not nice. The Colts are spiraling.
I feel it’s a type of the place the Bengals are clearly the higher workforce. There are alternatives to impart your will  on them somewhat bit. I feel the Bengals protection goes to bounce again. They’ll nonetheless quit some stuff. However for probably the most half this seems like a get-well recreation. If it’s not, then panic can be the phrase  if they'll’t get this one. That is one you nearly have already got within the financial institution. When you’re going to truly make a run this season, it must be within the financial institution. There’s actually no alternativeBENGALS, 28-13
Jay Morrison, The Dayton Every day Information
I don’t assume the Indy offense can do a lot in opposition to this protection. Brissett nonetheless appears to be a bit not sure. He’s nonetheless studying the offense. The entire narrative has been he’s holding the ball too lengthy. This protection will feast on him if he tries to try this.
Pittsburgh wasn’t nice in opposition to the run, however Indy is admittedly unhealthy in opposition to the run and I feel the Bengals are going to discover a solution to get that going. They mentioned there have been completely different causes that Joe Mixon didn’t get the ball after the primary seven carries final week. I feel they discover a solution to guarantee that occurs. I’m unsure they should discover a means as a result of I feel they’ll get a lead and it is going to be a no brainer they usually’ll simply pound the ball. When A.J. has a down recreation, Andy usually finds a solution to get him concerned the next week. I feel we’ll see that in opposition to Indianapolis.  BENGALS, 27-14
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict: after Le'Veon Bell went over 130 yards final week, the Bengals know they should management the run ands which means Colts QB Jacoby Brissett, too.
OK, OK. We’re speaking the run recreation. Once more. As a result of the Bengals are like 98 p.c of NFL groups. They'll’t put the whole lot on their quarterback and the offensive line continues to nonetheless grapple with third-down sacks. They’re not going to get there with a per recreation dashing common that computes to 1,309 whole for the season. That might be their lowest ever. For 14 video games. For 16 video games. Within the ‘60s. Within the oughts. All you need to know is the Three-13 Bengals of 1993 and 1994 rushed for extra yards with out a 100-yard rusher.
If there’s ever a day to get it on monitor, it's Sunday. The Colts are week faraway from giving up 188 dashing yards to the Jags with out Leonard Fournette. His backup, T.J. Yeldon, pulled a T.J. Yates and averaged 13.5 yards per on 9 carries. The Colts have been attempting to elucidate that for per week as have the Bengals tried to elucidate how rookie working again Joe Mixon didn’t contact the ball after gaining 48 yards on his first seven carries final week in Pittsburgh.
For the reason that Colts are with out their three prime defensive gamers, the Bengals could make amends faster. There may very well be some recreation balls handed out as a result of this might become mid-season model of the rookie present.
If  Mixon can channel Yeldon, he’ll have his first profession 100-yard recreation and it appears to be like like rookie huge receivers John Ross and Josh Malone have an opportunity to get their first NFL catch in the identical recreation with Tyler Boyd (knee) and Cody Core (concussion) already declared out. With two of the Colts’ lacking trio not within the secondary Sunday, prime cornerback Rashaan Melvin and harmful rookie security Malik Hooker, they are able to do greater than that. Indy is subsequent to final within the league in yards allowed and plenty of that's as a result of they’re subsequent to final in passing yards.
Actually the Colts know A.J. Inexperienced goes to be a frequent goal and doubtless greater than typical for Andy Dalton after final Sunday’s three-catch recreation. Since 2013  within the 9 regular-season video games Inexperienced has been accessible after had three or fewer catches, he’s averaged seven catches and 101 yards  to go along with six touchdowns.
However the greatest matchup of all often is the Bengals run protection vs. Colts nice Frank Gore, in addition to Marlon Mack.  That’s what Bengals defensive lineman Chris Smith says and as a member of the Jags the previous three seasons he ought to know. “Cease Frank Gore,’ is what he says and he’s proper because the Colts attempt to buck up after a 10-sack recreation final week in opposition to a Bengals cross rush nonetheless ranked sixth within the NFL in sacks per cross regardless of having their NFL-best 34 straight video games with a sack snapped in Pittsburgh.
It appears to be like like a super matchup. The Colts gave up most of their sacks when heart Ryan Kelly left the final recreation with a hamstring harm and the Jags swarmed although the center. Kelly, a Cincinnati child from West Chester, is again. However so is Bengals Professional Bowl defensive sort out Geno Atkins in opposition to a line that has had hassle with stunts. And left finish Carlos Dunlap attracts proper sort out Joe Haeg, a second-year man most likely higher suited to protect.
It appears to be like like a super matchup. However regardless that Gore has solely 94 carries he can nonetheless management a recreation and Mack is averaging Four.9 yards per 32 carries and the Bengals, simply nicked by Le’Veon Bell or 4 yards per carry , are ranked solely 14th in opposition to the run. They want a down-hill recreation to open up the cross rush as a result of there’s little doubt the Colts are going to return in and attempt to smash it after what Pittsburgh did.
The working skill of the massive , sturdy Brissett is a priority, particularly within the crimson zone with three TDs. The Bengals could do what they did within the win over the Payments in opposition to QB Tyrod Taylor three weeks in the past and shadow him every snap with a wide range of defenders.
Working in opposition to Brissett within the face of the Bengals’ cross rush is his penchant for holding on to the ball. In keeping with profootballfocus.com, no quarterback has thrown extra passes staying within the pocket 2.6 seconds or longer and nobody has been sacked extra (22) in that class.
Add it up and there may very well be plenty of recreation balls for the youngsters on the market.
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