The bad news for the Indianapolis Colts is that they lost Thursday night’s preseason finale to the Bengals in pretty bad fashion, dropping the road game 27-10. The good news for the Colts, and for their fans, is that the exhibition games are finally all over.
The Colts ended the preseason an overall 2-2 after the loss to Cincinnati, a game in which many starters including Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, Robert Mathis, and various key veterans did not start.
This forced Matt Hasselbeck (5-8 for 49 yards on two possessions) and Chandler Harnish (8-13, 55 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) to handle the majority of the Colts offense, but the team struggled to put points up on the board as a whole.
Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton did play for the Bengals, leading the team on a touchdown drive on their opening possession and the team never looked back.
Two positives that stood out for the Colts, before they trim the roster down to 53 players by Saturay, was the standout play of Kerwynn Williams and Larry Asante. Williams finished the night with 92 yards on 18 attempts, while Asante recovered a fumble, and added in 13 tackles with a sack.
“Credit Cincinnati, they did a heck of a job and certainly in all three phases played much better tonight that we played,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano.
“We just really couldn’t get anything started. One positive, I think, was the 17-play drive in the second half and to get a score on the board. We couldn’t get off the field on third down, we couldn’t convert on third down, and gave up plays on special teams, so credit Cincinnati. They just played a lot better than we played tonight. We’ll go back and look at the tape. Obviously, we have some tough decisions to make, and we make those in the course of the next couple days and get ready to open the regular season, get ready for Oakland once we get the roster finalized.”