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Bengals roll to impressive win vs. Colts

Andy Dalton, A.J. Green AP

Unlike the Patriots or the Ravens, the Bengals didn’t need to make a great escape to secure victory on Sunday.

Instead, Cincinnati led throughout in a 42-28 victory against AFC South-leading Indianapolis on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

This was a triumph for the Bengals’ offense, which racked up 430 yards and six touchdowns — three rushing, three passing — in an impressive performance.

With the win, the Bengals (9-4) kept a two-game lead over Baltimore (7-6) in the AFC North.

The Colts (8-5) got a big game from quarterback Andrew Luck, who threw four second-half TD passes — two to rookie wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and a pair to second-year wideout LaVon Brazill. However, the Colts again started slowly, scoring no first-half points.

Also, the Colts’ defense had a tough day. Like the Colts, the Bengals scored 28 second-half points.

In the win, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 275 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. The Bengals also got two rushing TDs from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, including a controversial one-yard score near the end of the second quarter. At first, Green-Ellis was ruled to have been touched down short of the goal line on a fourth-down run, but the call was reversed, and the Bengals took a 14-0 lead into halftime.

Then, on the first drive of the second half, the Bengals marched 80 yards on nine plays, with Green-Ellis’ second touchdown giving Cincinnati a 21-0 edge. Though the Colts would cut the lead to 21-14 on Luck TD passes to Rogers (69 yards) and Brazill (19 yards), the Bengals would respond with two touchdowns of their own, with Dalton hitting tight end Jermaine Gresham for a one-yard score and wideout A.J. Green for a nine-yard tally.

It was that sort of day for the Bengals, who always had an answer for the Colts.

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28 Responses to “Bengals roll to impressive win vs. Colts”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 8, 2013 7:13 PM

    The NFL has to investigate Jeff Triplett, how in the world could he overturn the call on the field, what was he looking at?

    Calls like this make you wonder about fixed games.

  2. ravenswhat says: Dec 8, 2013 7:16 PM

    Will the red rifle (snicker) ever win a playoff game? Doubtful.

  3. cornellsteelers says: Dec 8, 2013 7:19 PM

    “ravenswhat says: Dec 8, 2013 7:16 PM

    Will the red rifle (snicker) ever win a playoff game? Doubtful.”

    He will if he faces your sorry team in the Wild Card round.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 8, 2013 7:25 PM

    Thank God we drafted RGIII. He’s a real QB. #LuckwouldbecryinginRGIIIshoes

  5. ravenswhat says: Dec 8, 2013 7:27 PM

    “ravenswhat says: Dec 8, 2013 7:16 PM

    Will the red rifle (snicker) ever win a playoff game? Doubtful.”

    He will if he faces your sorry team in the Wild Card round.

    That’s pretty funny considering we handled you guys already this year. Dalton wilts when he faces tough D. That’s a fact.

  6. kazkal says: Dec 8, 2013 7:28 PM

    ———————-
    Calls like this make you wonder about fixed games.
    ————————-

    Mike Brown is to cheap to pay for that.

    ———
    Will the red rifle (snicker) ever win a playoff game? Doubtful.
    ————
    Snicker are you 12? Even a Stiller fan is calling you out such a waste of air you are… Good luck on Ravens even getting in to the playoffs just to be knocked out by cinci.

  7. turtlehut says: Dec 8, 2013 7:46 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 8, 2013 7:25 PM

    Thank God we drafted RGIII. He’s a real QB. #LuckwouldbecryinginRGIIIshoes

    ——————————————–

    And as a Colts fan so am I!

    Question for logicalvoicesays: I often see your posts – are you an unpaid intern for Dan Snyder?

  8. nickspacers says: Dec 8, 2013 7:56 PM

    Logical voice gets his pleasure of watching Amdrew Luck lose occasionally. Since his anointed one RG3 is now a whopping 11-16 as a starter. Just like his College yrs at Baylor. Luck 2 for 2 reaching the playoffs and lost half his OFFense enough said!

  9. ddogdaddy says: Dec 8, 2013 7:56 PM

    No matter how you slice it, the 2013 AFC South Champions are the Indianapolis Colts. Time to get some guys healthy and go on a roll like the Ravens did last year. The battles are over, it’s time to win the war.
    Go Blue.

  10. stew48 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:02 PM

    Two things about the Bengals TD just prior to half.

    1. That should have been a FG attempt, simple but true.

    2. Did you notice the lineman who called him down on the 1 immediately was yelling for the ref’s help? He made the right call and with all the tech help, they wound up blowing the call big time.

    No, I am not a Colt fan; actually hope the Bengals win.

  11. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Dec 8, 2013 8:07 PM

    JoeToronto: official troll of the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Dude is dedicated to his craft, I’ll give him that.

  12. dirtydyt says: Dec 8, 2013 8:22 PM

    sure he was tripped and sure his knee was down, but between there and the goal line he was not touched…hence the overturned call.

  13. cmgww says: Dec 8, 2013 8:32 PM

    If he was tripped and went down, it’s down by contact! Thus, it’s not a TD. THAT is why it was such a terrible call. He was grabbed by Josh Chapman in the backfield causing him to trip and fall. Read a rulebook! Apparently the Triplett doesn’t.

  14. dirtydyt says: Dec 8, 2013 8:43 PM

    That’s what what I mean…that’s what Triplett was thinking and why he overturned it

  15. whodeybacker says: Dec 8, 2013 8:46 PM

    I was there. Really sad when a player has to “ask” an official to make a call. Sad.

  16. sellout1983 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    WHO DEY

  17. cmgww says: Dec 8, 2013 9:41 PM

    Lets meet again in the playoffs, with a different ref crew and Toler healthy. It will be a closer game. Good win today though, Bengals beat Colts fair and square, terrible refs notwithstanding

  18. dustydust22 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:52 PM

    PatsGreaT Win, But We Still Got Work To Do! Thanks To The Ravens getting Lucky!

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 9:44 AM

    I have a question – why weren’t they required to deactivate someone after Triplett was activated to the 53-man roster?

    Won’t matter this Sunday though. They can activate the entire officiating crew and it’ll still be a thorough beating.

  20. db423 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:04 PM

    Firstly, the call was not determinative of the game outcome. The Bengals would have won with or without the 7 points.

    Secondly, the grab was three steps and fifteen feet away. It was not a tackle.

    Thirdly, the player has to be touched when down. Not fifteen feet and three steps prior.

  21. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 12:19 PM

    db423, you are wrong on so many levels:
    1. how do you know? there were 5 TDs scored in 2 minutes in another game. To say that a difference of a 7-0 score with Colts just stopping a 4th down attempt and deflating the stadium, versus a 14-0 lead – that’s just a dumb statement.
    2 and 3. Does not matter how far away it was, if the contact caused the ultimate fall (which it most definitely did), he’s down by contact where he goes down.

  22. db423 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:40 PM

    What does Down by Contact Mean?

    Any ball carrier who is either tackled to the ground by the opposing team, or who falls to the turf on his own and is touched by the opposing team. Certain body parts such as the knee, elbow, hip, and head are considered down by contact. Basically any body part other than hands, fingers, and feet constitue a ball carrier to you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are thinking of the college rule where, when you go be declared down.

    Believe whatever you want Crown, but he did not go down contemporaneously with the contact. There was time and space between. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are referring to the college rule where, if you go down, you are down. He was not tackled to the ground so he could not be down by contact. If he had gone down, IMMEDIATELY, he would have been down by contact. But that is simply not the case. When he went down he had not been immediately touched.

    In addition, at the time of the play, there was 1:06 left in the half. After the kick off the Colts had better field position than if they started from the 1 yard line and were unable to capitalize on it.

    And your “what if” it played out like Baltimore is just hypothetical nonsense. The truth is the Colts were at the end of a scoreless half and had no momentum.

  23. db423 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:46 PM

    (edit)
    What does Down by Contact Mean?

    Any ball carrier who is either tackled to the ground by the opposing team, or who falls to the turf on his own and is touched by the opposing team. Certain body parts such as the knee, elbow, hip, and head are considered down by contact. Basically any body part other than hands, fingers, and feet constitue a ball carrier to be declared down.

    Believe whatever you want Crown, but he did not go down contemporaneously with the contact. There was time and space between. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are referring to the college rule where, if you go down, you are down. He was not tackled to the ground so he could not be down by contact. If he had gone down, IMMEDIATELY, he would have been down by contact. But that is simply not the case. When he went down he had not been immediately touched.

    In addition, at the time of the play, there was 1:06 left in the half. After the kick off the Colts had better field position than if they started from the 1 yard line and were unable to capitalize on it.

    And your “what if” it played out like Baltimore is just hypothetical nonsense. The truth is the Colts were at the end of a scoreless half and had no momentum.

  24. junglerat524 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:03 PM

    The Bengals totally dominated the Colts on both sides of the ball. They’d win that game 9 out of 10 times home or away. Stop crying about the refs. Peyton left last year. It doesn’t work anymore. You got beat & beat pretty solidly. Deal with it.

    WHO-DEY!

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 1:12 PM

    db, I didn’t boter reading your editted post, as I’m sure it lacks as much reason as your first post.

    If your whole premise is that if they don’t go down immediately, then you must be new to watching football. It happens all the time where a ball carrier stumbles forward/backward/sideways after getting hit and goes down.

    And if you did watch football, you’d understand what a powerful thing momentum is. And everyone in the stadium, booth and TV saw the Colts got jobbed by the refs to get a 2-score lead before halftime.

    Like you said, beleive whatever you want, truth is we’ll never know how the game would’ve played out if the correct call was made at that time. And I haven’t started about the no-call on the intentional grounding.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 1:30 PM

    db, honest question – did you really not see that he started to stumble when the defender grabbed his right foot? Because if you didn’t see that, or are ignoring that’s what caused his stumble, then I see why you’re so off.

  27. db423 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:38 PM

    Again, in order for BJGE to be down by contact the contact must occur when, at the exact same time, a body part “other than hands, fingers, and feet” are touching the ground. When BJGE was touched he was not down therefore landing on the ground subsequent to the contact does not stop play (unless he was still being touched at that time, which he was not).

    By your reasoning, or lack thereof, if a running back or receiver gets away from a defender and runs into his own team mate 20 yards away and falls to the ground he is down when, in fact, the contact was not a tackle.

    Just because he was touched at some point prior to being in contact with the ground does not make him down unless he is touched WHILE DOWN.

  28. db423 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:12 PM

    Gotta give it up for Josh Chapman though. Eleven tackles all year (8 with 3 assists out of about 850 defensive plays).

    Vontaze Burfict had Eight just yesterday and a yearly total of 139 for the year.

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