The Indianapolis Colts tonight concluded their 2012 preseason with a 20-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing the preseason with a 2-2 record. It is the team's best preseason record since 2004.
Here are some notes from the game:
- Andrew Luck got one drive, which lasted 3 plays. Luck threw 2 passes, completing one for 8 yards. One drive is really all the rookie quarterback needed - he has shown he is capable of playing at this level and had accomplished all he could from preseason games. Besides, why not give him a rest before facing the Bears?
- Drew Stanton also only got one drive, his lasting 5 plays. He threw 3 passes, completing all of them for 43 yards. He looked impressive. I was surprised he only got one drive, but I guess the Colts feel fine about Stanton and wanted to get Chandler Harnish more playing time.
- Speaking of Harnish, he got all but three drives tonight. He was pretty good, completing 9 of 16 passes for 162 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Guys who really impressed me tonight: Moise Fokou (13 tackles, 2 pass deflections), Mario Addison (6 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks), Mario Harvey (6 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 pass deflection), Jerry Hughes (3 tackles), Kris Adams (2 catches for 55 yards), Deji Karim (12 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown), Drew Stanton (3/3 for 43 yards), Chandler Harnish (9/16 for 162 yards and 1 touchdown), Dominique Jones (2 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown)... and Pat McAfee (8 punts, 49.1 average).
Teams are required to get their rosters down to 53 players by tomorrow night. The Colts will likely make some moves after that as well.
One week from Sunday, the Colts take the field in Chicago to face the Bears in the regular season opener. The preseason is over. The Colts looked good for the most part, and now it is time to really play football.