Quick Reaction: Colts overcome horrible start to beat the Bengals 31-27

Quick Reaction: Colts overcome horrible start to beat the Bengals 31-27

Well, that wasn’t pretty. The Colts entered a game that they should have dominated and found themselves quickly in a 21-0 hole. The vaunted top overall defense in the NFL? Swiss cheese for Joe Burrow. The “bad” Bengals offensive line, looked excellent in protection and got Joe Mixon going on the ground as well. To say that the Colts were sleepwalking at the start of this game wouldn’t do the situation justice. It was horrifyingly bad and there was very little confidence that Philip Rivers could lead an anemic offense back from that kind of an early deficit. What happened for Rivers and the Colts passing offense in the second quarter is something Frank Reich and his staff needs to build on. Check downs to his running backs out of the backfield, screens and crossing routes to his speedy receiving options, and playing the boundaries to his deep weapons and tight ends were all a recipe for success. Marcus Johnson has looked like the most dangerous Colts receiver at various times of the last three seasons. Today, he looked like he was clearly the teams best receiving option. He has speed, runs fluid routes, and clearly has the trust of Philip Rivers going deep. If Rivers hadn’t overthrown him in the second half, Johnson could have had another touchdown and likely gone over 150 receiving yards. Trey Burton got dinged up at various times throughout the game but he also is clearly getting up to speed since he returned from the injured ...
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