NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-4) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (8-4)
December 4, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-4) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (8-4)
COLTS: Have won 5 of past 6 in Dec & 7 of past 9 at Cin…QB ANDREW LUCK has 7,167 career passing yards, 4th-most passing yards in 1st 2 seasons of career in NFL history. Luck (10) has most game-winning drives by QB in 4th qtr./OT in 1st 2 seasons of career since ’70. Since 2012, Luck has 9 rush TDs, most by AFC QB…RB DONALD BROWN averages 5 yards per carry against Bengals (17 att., 85 yards). In only career meeting at Cin. (w/ Cle. on 9/16/12), RB TRENT RICHARDSON rushed for 109 yards on 19 att. (5.7 avg.) with TD…WR T.Y. HILTON (791) needs 71 rec. yards to surpass rookie total in 2012 (861). Has 4 100-yard rec. games in ’13…TE COBY FLEENER has career-best in catches (44), rec. yards (544) & TDs (4) in 2013…LB ROBERT MATHIS (15.5) needs sack to surpass DWIGHT FREENEY (16 in 2004) for most sacks by Colt in season since 1982. Has 4.5 sacks in 5 career games vs. Bengals…CB CASSIUS VAUGHN had career-high 2 INTs last week...LB JERRELL FREEMAN leads team w/ 97 tackles. Posted 1st INT of season last week…
BENGALS: Club is 5-0 at home this season…QB ANDY DALTON nowhas 3,144 passing yards in 2013 & joined PEYTON MANNING as only QBs in NFL history with at least 3,000 passing yards in 1st 3 seasons of career. Completed 25 of 32 passes (78.1 pct.) for 264 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs & 111.5 rating in only career meeting vs. Ind. Cin. is 13-1 (.929) when Dalton has 100+ rating. Dalton has 11 TDs vs. 5 INTs & 94 rating at home in 2013…RB GIOVANI BERNARD leads all AFC rookies with 875 scrim. yards (521 rush; 354 receiving). Has 2 games with 100+ scrim. yards. RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS had season-high 92 rush yards last week…WR A.J. GREEN (1,103) has reached 1,000 rec. yards for 3rd consecutive season. Has 6 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2013, tied for most in NFL. Averages 91.9 rec. yards per game this season, tied for 5th-best in NFL…TE JERMAINE GRESHAM has 13 rec. for 108 yards with TD in 2 career games vs. Colts…Defense allows 314.8 yards per game, 3rd-fewest in AFC…LB VONTAZE BURFICT leads team with 131 tackles. CB DRE KIRKPATRICK posted 1st career INT last week…DE WALLACE GILBERRY has 3.5 sacks in past 4. DE MICHAEL JOHNSON had sack & FR in last game vs. Ind.