In their final tune up before opening the season in Chicago, the Indianapolis Colts were anything but sharp. To this point, Chuck Pagano's patchwork squad had played with a precision that belied their inexperience. Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, they looked lost.
Andrew Luck's night would be a short one and he would get to work right away after the Colts won the opening coin toss. Aside from a defensive penalty against the Bengals which gave the Colts a first down, not much went well. Donald Brown was stopped for a loss and Coby Fleener dropped a pass over the middle and the Colts were quickly three and out.
The Bengals meanwhile took yardage in chunks, both through the air and on the ground and quickly reached Colts territory. On a first down play from the Colts 41, Robert Mathis and Jerry Hughes converged on Dalton in the backfield. Dalton's arm hit Mathis' helmet and his night was done.
Cincinnati RB Brian Leonard remained in the game though,...