Cincinnati, OH — For the most part, the Indianapolis Colts put up a good effort in today’s 42-28 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Between the officials and the secondary play, it made it tough to overcome. One the Colts can control, the other not so much.
Indianapolis’ secondary play of Vontae Davis and Darius Butler was flat out embarrassing once again. This has been an issue for most of the second half of the season. Too many times, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton found wide open receivers.
Butler was targeted most of the first half, as he gave up two crucial catches to Cincinnati’s best receiver, A.J. Green. They moved him off and put him on Andrew Hawkins, and Dalton immediately started throwing to Hawkins. He was getting beat on slant routes all day, and then when he moved up, he was beaten deep when he was out of position.
This is an issue. Obviously it can be corrected when Greg Toler gets back, as he’s now closer and closer each game, but it can’t go on. Davis also gets beaten far too often, as between the two of them, they allowed too many big plays and too many scoring chances.
It’s not that hard to defend the Bengals, and these two made it difficult. Cincinnati has an average quarterback and one target in Green. All the Colts had to do was blanket Green and play tight press coverage on the others. They obviously couldn’t do that today, which aided in the loss.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru.