PowerObservations: Colts vs Bengals

It's one of life's great mysteries, isn't it? Why are we here? I mean, are we the product of some cosmic coincidence, or is there really a God watching everything? You know, with a plan for us and stuff. I don't know, man, but it keeps me up at night.

  • I am quite confident that the Colts would have shut down the Bengals even if AJ Green had been playing. Everywhere I looked, Colts defenders were shedding blocks, deflecting passes, hitting the QB, and beating the shit out of Giovanni Bernard (R.I.P.) And this performance came against one of the best pass-protecting O-lines in the league. Bravo, defense. Encore.
  • KERR.
  • Gordy looked pretty good, although I'm pretty sure that even Bengals fans can't name the receiver he was covering.
  • The cornerbacks are what make this defense work. The D-line has been great, the blitzes have been great, the outside linebackers have been better than I thought possible without Mathis, but these corners are simply locking down receivers and forcing the QB to hold on to the ball, which gives the pass-rush time to hit home. The biggest play of the night for the Bengals offense, a 32 yard 4th quarter sideline pass to Sanu, happened against great coverage from Toler and despite a big hit from Brown. The play was even more impressive because Dalton was 0.2 seconds away from getting trucked by The Power Of German Pass-Rushing (Bjoern Werner) when he threw an excellent rainbow pass into the outstretched arms of Sanu. It was perfect execution by both quarterback and receiver. If our opponents need to play perfect football just to get first-downs, we're in great shape.
  • This is less of an observation and more of a general sentiment, but I am very excited about the future of this line. Everyone except Cherilus is young and improving. Two years of investing in the trenches is finally paying off, on both offense and defense.
  • Dunno why, but whenever Vontae broke up a pass (which was fairly often) Mike Adams would become attached to his shoulder and start talking into his ear while he celebrated. He's like Vontae's hype-man.
  • Sergio Brown is everybody else's hype man. I've seen him run halfway across the field to celebrate a good play by the front seven. To say "he's having fun out there" doesn't even do it justice. His positivity is reaching Buddy the Elf levels.
  • Richardson displayed good lateral agility, but Herron looked more explosive when running North and South (usually just North.) I like both players and wouldn't complain if Boom got some carries in Pittsburgh, especially with Richardson nursing a hamstring injury.
  • When I first saw the Walden ejection, I was convinced it was a bullshit, but now that I've had time to collect my thoughts and watch the replay, I realize that it was COMPLETE FUCKING BULLSHIT. What the hell, refs?
  • Yeah, go ahead and dance, Jermaine Gresham. Dance your way to a twenty-seven point shellacking.
  • If you're wondering why Luck has been throwing to tight-ends and running-backs so much, it's probably because T.Y. is the only wide-receiver who is consistently getting open against man-coverage. I blame part of this on the route-design, which I find unimaginative and predictable. Nicks and especially Wayne are not burners. Having them run in straight lines for twenty yards before even looking back for the pass is not a good way to get them the ball. Fortunately, Pep has made great use of the multiple tight-end formations. Speaking of which...
  • Coby Fleener had one of his better games as a Colt. The big catch was a fantastic adjustment and a display of concentration and soft hands. I also saw him make some good blocks in the running game. I give Fleener a hard time because he generally doesn't play up to his own athleticism, but if he can consistently make the kind of tough plays he made today, he could be very good. Although I'm still pretty sure I could live to be a million and never see him break a tackle.
  • I really like Doyle as our #3 TE. He's a good blocker and is very physical in the short passing game. Colts fans may cringe when they see three tight end formations, but Allen, Fleener, and Doyle are about as good a trio of TEs as you're likely to find. The versatility the three of them offer is enough to justify keeping Reggie and certainly Nicks on the sideline once in a while.
  • Luck threw for over three hundred yards with two touchdowns at over eight yards per attempt, and all I can say about his performance is "meh." That says a lot about how far he and this offense have come.
  • I don't know what the hell happened to Gosder Cherilus, but he's been allowing considerable pressure this season. It's gotten to the point where I've even seen Luck step up in the pocket prematurely as though in anticipation of Gosder's failure. Get your crap together, Cherilus. You're making your QB nervous. And when he gets nervous, he gets scared, and when motherfuckers gets scared, that's when motherfuckers accidentally get traded to Atlanta.
  • Griff Whalen is a class act. When he makes a fair-catch, he just tosses the ball to the official and trots back to the sideline. He's setting an example for us all.

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