INDIANAPOLIS – In what will be the Colts final home game in a month, they put together a performance to remember for the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium.
For just the sixth time in franchise history, the Colts recorded a shutout thanks to a 27-0 win over the Bengals.
The Colts (5-2) will now turn their attention to the Steelers (3-3) and a 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff on Sunday afternoon.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL DEFENSE– Cory Redding said it best after the game “it’s a new era.” Yes, a high-octane offense is still in Indianapolis but for this team to play deep into January, defensive efforts like we’ve seen the past few weeks need to continue to happen. Sunday’s effort is beyond impressive considering the Bengals offense being a top-10 unit coming into Week Seven.
MORE PRODUCTIVE OFFENSE – It was overshadowed on Sunday but it was yet another productive afternoon for the Colts offense. The unit piled up more than 500 yards and Andrew Luck tied a franchise record with his fifth straight 300-yard passing day. If we are nit picking, red zone efficiency will continue to be a focus going forward for the Colts offense.
RUNNING BACK DUO SHINES – The running back tandem of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw ranks right up there with any other in the NFL. Sunday was another showcase of that as both finished with more than 80 yards from scrimmage. The Colts 171 rushing yards are the most the team has had in over a year.
MORE PASS RUSH SUCCESS – Coming into Sunday, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had been sacked just twice in 151 pass attempts. The Colts got Dalton on the ground three times in 38 attempts with Bjoern Werner recording his team-leading fourth sack of the year.
SERIOUS AFC CONTENDER – A fifth straight win pushed the Colts record to 5-2 with two road contests on the horizon before a Week 10 bye. The Colts now sit just a game behind the Broncos for the top spot in the AFC. Indianapolis’ lead in the AFC South could grow to two games if Houston falls to Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football.
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