39 degrees and mostly cloudy
- This was a sloppily played game in wet conditions between the two teams looking to get back on track, as both of them were coming off losses to division foes. The Colts were looking for their first road win of the 2017 campaign. The poor play showed up on special teams as normally sure handed Bengals return man Alex Erickson muffed two punts (lost one), and there was a blocked punt by the Bengals and a blocked field goal by the Colts of a Bengals field goal attempt.
- This was the second week in a row where the Bengals struggled on offense. The Bengals offense had been trending upward since they made a change at offensive coordinator after Week 3 from Ken Zampese to Bill Lazor. They struggled even despite having good field position, especially early in the game. QB Andy Dalton was under extreme pressure all game. It took the Bengals until the second quarter to find their best wide receiver AJ Green, who only finished with three catches for 27 yards. RB Joe Mixon figures to be a big factor in the offense as the season goes on, yet he carried the ball 11 times for 18 yards in this contest.
- The Colts offense was vastly improved from a week before where they were shut out at home by the Jacksonville Jaguars. They scored their first offensive touchdown in eight quarters. They had had a lead that they held into the fourth quarter. Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett was constantly on the run as the offensive line could not protect him for a second week in a row. However, the Colts offensive line did run block well. The Colts relied heavily on their running backs, Frank Gore and Marlon Mack to move the ball down the field. Also tight end Jack Doyle (12 catches for 121 yards, 1 TD) had a big day for Indianpolis. The Colts have a hard time getting the ball to their high priced playmaker, WR T.Y. Hilton. Both Hilton and Donte Moncrief totaled a combined two catches for 15 yards.
- Coaching Notes:
- In five of their eight games in 2017, the Colts have had a fourth quarter lead. This is the third time that the Colts had a 4th quarter lead on the road that they later gave away. Yet, the only team with worse records are the Giants (1 win) the 49ers and Browns (0 wins).
- The Colts used the clock well at the end of the first half to take a 13-10 lead. They started the last drive of the first half with 1:13 left on the clock and two timeouts from their own 20. They drove down the field to the Colts 15 yard line for an Adam Vinatieri field goal.
- Chuck Pagano Challenges:
- Pagano unsuccessfully challenged a pass towards T. Y. Hilton that was ruled incomplete. The Colts were down 3-0. The challenge was not successful.
- Pagano won a challenge in the second half on a fumble by the Bengals out of bounds. However, the fumble was recovered out of bounds by a Colts player and the Bengals retained possession of the football. While Pagano won the challenge, and didn’t lose a timeout, he did not get what he wanted out of the challenge, which was possession.