Dunlap, protection saves the day, 24-23

Left finish Carlos Dunlap revived the Bengals’ imploding season when he tipped Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s fast out sample after which caught the rebound earlier than hauling it 16 yards for a landing that gave the Bengals a 24-23 lead with 6:58 left within the recreation and the Bengals held on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals stole one and the protection saved it when deal with Chris Smith drilled Brissett on fourth-and-four to drive an incompletion with 1:12 left to finish it.

The Bengals, who had compelled simply 4 turnovers all season, obtained their first of the day on Dunlap’s second profession decide six.

Possibly the second most beautiful improvement on a shocking day is the Bengals struggled in each trenched  for a Colts group ranked next-to-last in protection and virtually as dangerous on offense at No. 28.

When the Colts took a 23-17 lead with 11:21 left within the recreation on Adam Vinatieri’s 29-yard subject purpose arrange by rookie working again Joe Mixon’s fumble on the Bengals 37, Indy had racked up 104 dashing yards whereas the Bengals might solely reply with one other head-scratching 29  yards on the bottom.

Whereas Mixon had nowhere to go, Gore’s pounding (59 yards on 11 carries heading into the fourth quarter) yielded Brissett’s 24-yard landing go to working again Marlon Mack on a third-and-13 display screen go  that gave them a 20-17 lead with 2:10 left within the third quarter. The Bengals had been overloaded to their left aspect and solely linebacker Nick Vigil was close to Mack and his dive couldn’t get him on the 10.

Mixon’’s fumble was a tricky one. He had simply transformed a third-and-six on a display screen for eight yards, however as he went to the bottom, security Darius Butler stripped it out of there.

Dalton had a brave day on his 30th birthday towards a go rush that had free reign. By no means was it extra obvious on the primary drive of the second half when outdated pal Margus Hunt bore proper into Dalton so rapidly Dalton couldn’t get his ft set. He took a shot from Hunt and he might solely throw together with his arm and floated a 25-yard landing go to rookie extensive receiver Josh Malone. Malone needed to come again for the ball, however everybody was going to take it. it was Malone’s first NFL landing and got here at an enormous second six minutes into the second half when it gave the Bengals a 17-13 lead.

It was the primary go of plus-20 yards to extensive receiver on the day despite the fact that Indy got here into the sport permitting 40 such pbades, 10 greater than anyone else within the league. Large receiver A.J. Inexperienced, coming off a three-catch recreation in Pittsburgh, had simply three this Sunday on eight targets for 27 yards.

When the Bengals had been making an attempt to salt the sport away with the 24-23 lead on third-and-six- deal with Henry Anderson roared up the center on a stunt towards middle Russell Bodine and proper guard T.J. Johnson to rock Dalton on an enormous sack. Punter Kevin Huber obtained off a 41-yarder and the Colts had one final shot with the ball on their 41.

 

 

 

The Bengals struggling offense that allow a 10-point underdog management Sunday’s recreation at Paul Brown Stadium watched the beleaguered Colts offense do what  it couldn’t do and easily clicked on a two-minute drill that yielded Adam Vinatieri’s chip-shot subject purpose on the  half-time gun for a what-is-going-on-here-13-10 lead.

In fact, they wanted a controversial name to get it. Rookie go rusher Carl Lawson appeared to get a clear hit on Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett as Brissett vacated the pocket to throw the ball away. Lawson took him to the bottom as Brissett unloaded a third-down incompletion that will have given Vinatieri a 55-yarder, however Lawson was referred to as for roughing.

It underscored simply how off the Bengals offense is. On the ball on the two-minute warning they went three-and-out and the final snap was robust. Quarterback Andy Dalton, in face of a mystifying Colts go rush that saved producing unblocked defenders. Dalton scrambled out of the pocket, got here proper, and had extensive receiver A.J. Inexperienced open for a primary down however threw the ball at his ft.    

It took them till four:35 left within the half after they lastly linked for the one time within the half on a third-down landing from the Colts eight that tied it at 10. That put them previous Jeff Blake-Carl Pickens into second place on the membership’s record with their 48th TD go. And it was Inexperienced’s first catch since 59 seconds left in final week’s recreation in Pittsburgh and mirrored the issues the Bengals are dealing with towards both the Steelers’ AFC North-leading protection or the Colts’ protection ranked next-to-last within the NFL.

 Trailing 10-Three and Dalton lacking seven of his first 11 throws, towards the Colts’ go rush. Unable to run the ball towards Indy’s unit coming off permitting 188 yards at residence despite the fact that they typically used six linemen (they’d simply 28 yards on 9 carries), Dalton faked an end-around after which flipped a display screen go to rookie working again Joe Mixon and he confirmed all his strikes with a 67-yard catch –and-run to the Indy Three.

The Bengals nonetheless needed to overcome deal with Andre Smith’s false begin on third down. Dalton completed the half eight of 18 for 150 yards.

How you can be in peril of frittering away a recreation your protection dominates? Don’t rating touchdowns within the crimson zone, don’t defend your quarterback as he misses seven of his first 11 pbades and provides the ball away, and the Bengals got here by on all fronts scores to seek out themselves tied with the struggling Colts.

In addition they had a 34-yard subject purpose blocked as particular groups tooketh and gave it away.

The sure-handed Alex Erickson took his eyes off a high-hanging  punt and the fumble bounced proper to Colts linebacker Barkevious Mingo on the Bengals 27. It was Erickson’s fifth profession fumble, however first one he misplaced. The protection bowed its again once more when  cornerback Darqueze Dennard had good protection on Colts main receiver T.Y. Hilton and Shawn Williams protection on compelled Vinatieri’s 29-yard subject purpose that tied it at Three with 12:40 left within the half.

Then the Bengals gave up a 20-yard punt return and Colts working again Frank Gore nicked them for 15 yards and that arrange a play-action go to tight finish Jack Doyle for 17 yards. On third-and-eight Brissett hit Doyle for a 13-yard landing go when Doyle obtained behind security Shawn Williams for a 10-Three deficit with eight:14 left within the half.  

Despite the fact that they had been enjoying the next-to-worse protection within the league, the Bengals nonetheless sputtered prefer it did the ultimate 38 minutes final week towards. Despite the fact that particular groups gave them the ball on the Colts’ aspect of the sphere on their first two possessions, the Bengals solely got here out of it with Randy Bullock’s 30-yard subject purpose with 5:24 left within the first quarter,  leaving the Bengals with eight red-zone touchdowns for second fewest within the NFL.

After Dalton beat an all-out blitz with a 17-yarder to extensive receiver Brandon LaFell over the center engaged on linebacker Jeremiah George, the Bengals had been in nice form on the Colts 10 on their first drive arrange by rookie defensive finish Jordan Willis’ blocked punt

However Inexperienced was blanketed in the fitting nook on a rollout on first down, on second down, Mixon obtained stacked up on the line of scrimmage, and misplaced a yard chopping again to the left for his life , and Dalton couldn’t join with rookie extensive receiver Josh Malone coated by cornerback Vontae Davis over the center.

Malone caught his first NFL ball just a few snaps earlier on a fast out in a sequence that at one level featured all three tackles. Working again Jeremy Hill ran proper behind Andre Smith and Jake Fisher, however left deal with and guard Cedric Ogbuehi and Clint Boling additionally pulled on Hill’s 10-yarder for a primary down.

The Bengals obtained their two sacks within the half, considered one of them defensive deal with Geno Atkins‘ 56th profession sack, one behind teammate Carlos Dunlap for fourth on the membership”s all-time sack record.

Dalton was a captain for his 30th birthday. Center linebacker Vincent Rey, beginning for the injured Kevin Minter, additionally was referred to as, becoming a member of left guard Clint Boling, and defensive linemen Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. Johnson didn’t return for the second half with a again harm

 


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