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Week 14 Sunday, 12/8/2013 1:00 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-4+5.86-57-523.711.2333.5(5.5)1.122.814.7367.2(6)1.6
Road Games4-2+4.33-23-323.58.0326.5(5.5)0.520.014.2344.3(5.8)1.0
Last 3 Games2-1+11-12-121.07.0289.7(4.9)0.727.017.0365.7(5.7)1.7
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.711.219.728:5825-109(4.4)21-3658.2%225(6.3)60-333(5.5)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.61119.830:1527-110(4.1)21-3561.6%230(6.6)62-340(5.5)(15.1)
Offense Road Games23.58.019.528:5924-115(4.7)20-3557.3%211(6)59-326(5.5)(13.9)
Defense (All Games)22.814.720.231:0229-129(4.4)20-3260.8%239(7.4)62-367(6)(16.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.411.619.630:1428-113(4.1)21-3462.0%235(6.9)62-348(5.6)(14.9)
Defense Road Games20.014.220.231:0127-114(4.2)20-3262.5%230(7.2)59-344(5.8)(17.2)
INDIANAPOLIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-539.8%1-045.5%2-58(24.2)2-24(14.4)7-58
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.6 14-538.6%1-049.4%2-54(23.3)19-2(8.2)7-58
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-540.8%0-033.3%2-52(20.9)1-11(8.2)6-57

CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-4+3.57-46-524.312.0363.7(5.5)
Home Games5-0+5.45-03-231.417.2334.2(5.4)1.815.09.6299.0(4.7)2.8
Last 3 Games2-1+12-11-225.012.7314.0(4.7)2.316.712.3284.3(4.2)3.3
Turf Games6-1+5.45-24-328.714.7359.7(5.3)1.917.010.7286.6(4.5)2.6
CINCINNATI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.312.019.832:0830-113(3.8)22-3661.5%251(6.9)66-364(5.5)(14.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.812.119.631:3128-113(4.1)21-3659.9%235(6.6)63-348(5.5)(14.6)
Offense Home Games31.417.218.430:2831-111(3.6)20-3262.0%223(7.1)62-334(5.4)(10.6)
Defense (All Games)18.09.917.930:0325-101(4)22-3957.9%214(5.5)64-315(4.9)(17.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.411.22030:1526-105(4)23-3860.5%250(6.6)64-355(5.5)(15.8)
Defense Home Games15.09.617.229:3221-101(4.7)23-4254.0%198(4.7)64-299(4.7)(19.9)
CINCINNATI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-536.5%1-030.0%3-61(22.9)2-13(6.9)4-44
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-537.5%1-046.5%2-57(23.1)23-2(10.7)6-52
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-425.7%1-014.3%3-70(21.8)2-23(10.5)3-39
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 20.2,  CINCINNATI 19.1
INDIANAPOLIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/14/2013@ SAN DIEGO9-19L0L50.5U17-7418-30-193137-14722-33-2270
11/3/2013@ HOUSTON27-24W-1W41.5O14-6918-40-245033-14320-34-3400
11/10/2013ST LOUIS8-38L-7L43O14-1831-52-388537-1409-16-2321
11/14/2013@ TENNESSEE30-27W-3T42O32-13723-36-229024-12222-28-2181
11/24/2013@ ARIZONA11-40L3.5L44O15-8020-39-159130-12026-38-2900
12/8/2013@ CINCINNATI            
12/22/2013@ KANSAS CITY            

CINCINNATI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/13/2013@ BUFFALO27-24W-5.5L41O41-16526-40-318132-13019-32-1921
10/20/2013@ DETROIT27-24W2.5W45.5O18-5724-34-364025-7728-51-3570
10/27/2013NY JETS49-9W-6.5W40.5O25-7919-30-323124-9323-37-1472
10/31/2013@ MIAMI20-22L-3L42P35-16332-53-302430-15720-28-1881
11/10/2013@ BALTIMORE17-20L2L43.5U31-12024-51-244330-8520-36-1043
12/1/2013@ SAN DIEGO17-10W-2.5W48.5U38-16414-23-190224-9123-37-2433
12/15/2013@ PITTSBURGH            
INDIANAPOLIS: The Colts continue their transition to man blocking in the running game. New offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton comes from Stanford, where he used a power running game between the tackles. They'll likely try to establish the running game more than they did last year under former OC Bruce Arians, when they were one of 11 teams to run on less than 40 percent of their plays. Vick Ballard will get the first crack in what should be a committee set-up. Delone Carter will likely take short yardage duties, while Donald Brown (not an ideal fit in this scheme) will rotate in on all three downs. Hamilton kept last year's playbook, and he's obviously familiar with Andrew Luck from college. They want to take a lot of shots up the seam, and they do a nice job utilizing pick plays and setting up bubble screens. Reggie Wayne is an intermediate target and the No. 1 receiver, while slot man T.Y. Hilton will see more snaps and is capable of getting deep. Darrius Heyward-Bey replaces Donnie Avery as a deep threat. The tight ends play both ways, and Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener will often share the field. The Colts let Luck do his thing deep in opponent territory, though it is partly because they lack power in their offensive line. He's given the option to create with his legs. Although they have the third-easiest NFL schedule, the Colts will still struggle on the defensive end. In 2012, they recovered a pathetic three fumbles all year, allowed 138 rushing YPG (4th-most in NFL) and surrendered 29.1 PPG on the road. With Dwight Freeney gone, OLB Robert Mathis (8 sacks) is the only player left with more than four sacks. But not all is hopeless, as MLB Jerrell Freeman (145 tackles, 5th in NFL) is a budding star, and Indy improved its secondary by signing CB Greg Toler and SS LaRon Landry.
CINCINNATI: The Bengals have grown into offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's zone-blocking scheme nicely. Their offensive line, one of the NFL's best, should continue to improve this season. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should continue to take the majority of the work on first and second down. Rookie Giovani Bernard will be a change-of-pace and passing down back, although he could end up sharing that role with fellow rookie Rex Burkhead, who's considered to be more advanced in pass protection. Gruden runs a West Coast offense, but it's a passing game that attacks downfield much more aggressively than most WCOs. Andy Dalton is a shaky decision maker with accuracy that comes and goes, but his willingness to let A.J. Green make plays in traffic is what makes this offense go. Green does most of his work on the perimeter and deep. The second read is usually slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, and they run some designed plays to get TE Jermaine Gresham the ball. Their No. 2 receiver is rarely used, and Bernard figures to be the only back that does more than pass protect. The Bengals were balanced in the red zone last year, including a 50/50 run/pass split in goal-to-go situations. This underrated defense placed sixth in the NFL in total defense (320 YPG allowed) and ranked third in the league with 51 sacks, thanks to DT Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks) and DE Michael Johnson (11.5 sacks). In the second half of 2012, the Bengals allowed a paltry 12.8 PPG with 19 forced turnovers and three defensive touchdowns. New OLB James Harrison is familiar with AFC North opponents, and will help groom young LBs Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga. The strong front seven allows the secondary to go after the football, collecting nearly as many INT (14) as TD passes allowed (16) last year.
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*Colts-Bengals Preview* =======================


Chuck Pagano has never made it a secret that his top priority as the Indianapolis Colts' coach is to make sure his franchise quarterback has adequate protection.

Keeping pass rushers away from Andrew Luck may be even more difficult with a banged-up offensive line Sunday as the visiting Colts try to clinch the AFC South title against the defensively stout Cincinnati Bengals.

As a rookie last season, Luck helped guide the Colts to an 11-5 record and a postseason berth despite being sacked 41 times, fourth-most in the NFL.

Luck has two touchdowns, five interceptions and a 66.7 passer rating over his last four contests, and he's been sacked 29 times this season. Though the overall frequency with which he's been sacked had decreased, he was dropped a season-worst five times in last week's 22-14 win over Tennessee.

Making matters potentially worse, right guard Jeff Linkenbach is week to week after suffering a partial quad tear. He was playing in place of former starter Mike McGlynn, who has been dealing with a fractured thumb suffered in the loss to St. Louis on Nov. 10.

Cincinnati (8-4) has recorded 18 sacks over its last five games - a stretch in which it's yielded an AFC-low 5.28 yards per pass attempt - leaving Pagano a bit worried heading into this matchup.

"It's our biggest concern right now, first and foremost," Pagano said. "That's been since Day 1, since we drafted him No. 1, to protect 12. That's never going to change."

Despite the uncertainty of the offensive line, the Colts (8-4) are in position to secure their eighth division title in 11 seasons with a win or a Tennessee loss to Denver. Sunday's winner also will have a leg up in the race for at least the No. 3 seed in the AFC.

"We're sitting in a good position, but nothing is sealed up," Pagano said. "We control our own destiny.

"They understand the record, they understand the division, they understand what we have to do to get into the playoffs. Certainly, we're not going to get ahead of ourselves. The worst thing we can do is get complacent."

That hasn't been a problem for running back Donald Brown, who has fought to earn each and every carry this season. Slated as the backup to three different backs since training camp, Brown will make his second straight start after running for 54 yards last week.

His 4-yard scoring run with 1:56 remaining capped an 11-play, 92-yard drive and accounted for Indianapolis' only touchdown.

"I knew regardless of what happened, my number would get called in some form or fashion," Brown said. "When it is, you just make the most of it."

Though it has been tough at times, Brown always has accepted his role.

"He is the ultimate team guy," linebacker Robert Mathis said. "He doesn't like to talk about himself because he's not his favorite subject. He just goes to work and he just lets his play do all the talking."

Mathis has done just that this season, leading the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks. He's one full sack away from breaking Dwight Freeney's single-season and career franchise records.

Helping slow a solid Bengals running game may be his top priority Sunday, though. Cincinnati rushed for 164 yards in last week's 17-10 win at San Diego and has averaged 138.3 over its last four.

The Bengals have used a balanced attack with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and rookie Giovani Bernard, as they are one of six teams yet to boast a 100-yard rusher. Green-Ellis finished with a season-best 92 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Chargers, while Bernard ran 14 times for 57 yards.

"It lets (offensive coordinator Jay Gruden) utilize his entire playbook and not limit him at all," Bernard said. "If there's a situation where I need to go in, he'll throw me in. If there's a situation he wants Benny in, he'll throw him in. It definitely helps us and we definitely use it to our advantage."

The Colts rank 28th in rush defense, allowing an average of 128.6 yards.

"I think for us we've been able to do different things. Certain games we've run the ball well and the run game has been working, and other games we've had to throw it a lot," Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said. "I think for us it depends on the game and what we're needing to do that's helped us win a lot of games this year.

"I think we can do so many different things, so as long as you're winning games and it's working, that's all that matters."

Dalton finished 14 of 23 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception last week, but he's thrown six TDs and nine interceptions with a 59.8 passer rating over his last four.

He threw for 264 yards and a touchdown pass to A.J. Green as Cincinnati beat Indianapolis 27-17 in the most recent meeting Oct. 16, 2011, snapping a seven-game skid in the series.

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