Final

Colts 7

(0-4, 0-2 away)

Bengals 35

(2-2, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 28, 2014

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 0 0 0 77
CIN 0 7 14 1435

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (CIN) - 123 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Hill (CIN) - 20 CAR, 90 YDS

Receiving: C. Hamilton (CIN) - 3 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Bengals beat Colts 35-7 in game devoid of starters

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton practiced some drop kicks in shorts before the game, the most activity he got all night.

And he was in the majority when it came to spending time standing around.

Running back Jeremy Hill didn't have it nearly so easy.

The rookie ran for 70 yards and was Cincinnati's top receiver as well on Thursday night, leading the Bengals to a 35-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a game devoid of starters.

Dalton and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck sat out, as did most of the starters for both teams. Dalton didn't even pull up his black socks, leaving them around his ankles on an 85-degree evening -- he knew there was no point.

Hill, a second-round pick who backs up Giovani Bernard, carried 20 times and had a team-high six catches for 70 yards. He hurt his right elbow late in the first half but returned. The Bengals were thin at running back, so Hill knew he was going to play most of the game.

"I put myself in position for whatever role I might be needed in," Hill said.

Coach Marvin Lewis hopes to use Bernard and Hill a lot in a revitalized running game.

"Jeremy got to understand what it's like to be an NFL running back," Lewis said. "We're not five deep. If he's going to be that guy, he's going to have to shoulder the load."

Hill turned a short pass into a 41-yard gain, showing how he'll give the Bengals another receiving option out of the backfield.

"We came into tonight knowing that he was going to get the ball," said Jason Campbell, who was 13 of 16 for 123 yards. "We just wanted him to get into a rhythm and get the feel of what it's like. He runs hard. What I was proudest of was he was able to catch that screen pass and get some yardage."

Cincinnati (2-2) pulled off three big plays in the second half against the backups of the Colts (0-4).

Dane Sanzenbacher returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown. Safety Danieal Manning intercepted Chandler Harnish's pass and ran it back 33 yards for a score. Cobi Hamilton turned a short catch into a 50-yard TD.

End Margus Hunt had three sacks, completing a preseason that saw him emerge as an important component in the Bengals' line rotation.

"He's just continued to strive and push hard and get better," Lewis said. "He should dominate in a game like this and he did."

Harnish played the entire game and went 13 of 24 for 102 yards with five sacks. He threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Da'Rick Rogers, who kicked the ball in celebration and was penalized.

Colts linebacker Robert Mathis didn't play, heading quietly into his four-game suspension. Mathis was suspended for breaking the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances and can't be with the team for the next month. He said he took a fertility drug to help his wife get pregnant.

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict sat out a day after he signed a three-year contract extension that will pay him a maximum $20.05 million through 2017. Burfict strained his right hamstring on Sunday during a preseason game in Arizona.

The game drew 42,020 fans -- leaving more than 23,000 empty seats -- and was sloppy with so many backups on the field.

On one play, Harnish overthrew receiver Donte Moncrief so badly that the ball flew behind the helmet of Rogers, who was getting ready to block on the play. The Colts had a fourth-and-2 at the Cincinnati 10-yard line and went for it, only to have Zurlon Tipton tackled in the backfield.

Game notes


Colts G Joe Reitz hurt his left ankle in the first quarter. X-rays were negative. The injury was diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. ... LB Andrew Jackson hurt his right ankle/foot in the closing minutes and had to be helped off. ... Bengals LB Sean Porter suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter, Cincinnati's only setback. ... LB J.K. Schaffer (concussion) and CB Lavelle Westbrooks (thumb) cleared waivers and reverted to Cincinnati's injured reserve list.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
CIN
1st Downs1417
Passing 1st downs
66
Rushing 1st downs
610
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
3-144-11
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays6156
Total Yards186319
Yards per play3.05.7
Total Drives1210
Passing83183
Comp-Att
13-2416-21
Yards per pass
2.98.3
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-191-13
Rushing103136
Rushing Attempts
3234
Yards per rush
3.24.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-2
Penalties6-567-76
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs02
Possession31:5728:03

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harnish13/241024.3115-19
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell13/161237.7101-13
Wilson3/57314.6100-0

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fluellen17533.109
Tipton7294.109
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill20904.5017
Wilder Jr.11494.5117

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Saunders22211.0016
Rogers2199.5112
CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hamilton37424.7150
Hill67011.7041

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD3:58Ryan Hewitt 1 Yd pass from Jason Campbell (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 85 yds, 5:52
07
THIRD QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD13:30Dane Sanzenbacher 77 Yd Punt Return (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 1 yds, 1:30
014
cinTD12:27Danieal Manning 33 Yd Interception Return (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 1 yds, 1:03
021
FOURTH QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD13:59Cobi Hamilton 50 Yd pass from Tyler Wilson (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 85 yds, 1:07
028
indTD8:44Da'Rick Rogers 7 Yd pass from Chandler Harnish (Adam Vinatieri Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 77 yds, 5:15
728
cinTD6:05James Wilder Jr. 2 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 37 yds, 2:39
735

Research Notes

From Elias: The Cowboys, Browns and Colts are the only winless teams this preseason. Dating back over the last 20 seasons, no winless preseason team has ever won a Super Bowl according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only winless team to even make it to the Super Bowl were the 2000 Giants (who lost to the Ravens).

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