Aug 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) motions at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The preseason is over, and the Cincinnati Bengals looked impressive for the most part in a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, and now we await the word on final roster cuts, and after tonight, that should be a lot harder to do now.
The Bengals’ offensive starters came out and got down to business in their limited action, and they gashed the Colts with runs in a seven-play drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown run by Giovani Bernard with fullback John Conner leading the way.
"“To me, it’s all about determination and heart,” Bernard said. “How bad do you want that touchdown? I really think anybody should be able to get one yard if you want it bad enough, no matter your size.”"
Conner ended up playing a significant amount of snaps tonight, and it looks as though he’s earned a roster spot as the starting FB while Orson Charles may stick to being a backup TE/FB.
Overall, Marvin Lewis was very impressed with his teams’ physicality in a preseason game that often sees some pretty lethargic play:
"“We seemed to get to the line of scrimmage quickly and run our plays crisply. That’s really just what you’re looking for in a game like this,” said head coach Marvin Lewis at the half. “Defensively, we got a lot of guys some snaps, and it’s always a good effort when the other team scores only three points.”"
Andy Dalton had a fairly easy night, completing one pass to Mohamed Sanu for 18 yards, but did throw up a nice jump ball to A.J. Green that drew a pass interference, and Gio punched it in from the 1 on the next play:
"“We came out tonight and did what we wanted to do,” Dalton said. ” We moved the ball with the first offense, especially running the ball, and we scored a TD. As far as the season, I feel like we’re ready to go. We’ve played together well, I like the new elements we have, and I’m looking forward to going to Chicago.”"