Cincinnati Bengals Offense Failing Against Colts Defense


Oct 19, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts free safety Sergio Brown (38) reacts after a defensive stop during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals got its only 2 first downs under 2 minutes left in the first half against this Indianapolis Colts defense. Mistakes have been a huge part as well as miscommunication and the inability to keep the defense away from Dalton.

The Colts defense has been good at getting in the backfield as well as reading the passes against these wide receivers. The defense has been better, as they have forced 2 turnovers on fumbles by the running backs but Andy Dalton and this offense has yet to find a way to move the ball.

Passes have been dropped, blocking has been sub-par and the problem doesn’t seem to be Andy Dalton. Bengals receivers have allowed 2 huge hits on Giovani Bernard with little effort. The offense has only gained 35 yards in the first 2 quarters. Almost half came after a shocking ejection by Colts defender Erik Walden.

They need to find some hole in order to play themselves back into this game. The defense has only allowed 2 scores for 10 points. They deserve much better from the offense than what they have received. Hue Jackson hasn’t backed off his creative play calling but Indianapolis has had the answers or the execution has been poor. Either way, they will need to sharpen themselves for the second half, or it will be a long 30 minutes for Bengals fans.