Earlier, as in October.
That's when the Colts were rolling, amassing at least 400 yards in eight of their first nine games. Indianapolis has cooled in the last two months, though, with injuries and inefficiencies conspiring to derail what once was the
This is not the same confident Colts team that throttled Cincinnati, 27-0, in Week 7; nor is it the same
"Seems like it was 10 years ago since we played that game," Colts Coach
During a recent news conference, Lewis interrupted a reporter who asked about the postseason futility.
"I'm tired of answering the dumb question, all right?" Lewis said, stopping himself ... "Excuse me. Not a dumb question. I'm tired of answering the very important question you have."
Good hands people
The Colts are getting No. 1 receiver
Right guard Hugh Thornton was ruled out of the game after Friday's practice. He sat out four of the final five regular-season games because of injuries, and played only 18 snaps in the finale. Thornton will join right tackle
ESPN's Jon Gruden said Luck is "running on fumes a little bit."
"He's wearing down," Gruden said. "I worry about Luck. I really do. They have not run the ball very well. He's taken some real hits. … If they can keep him upright, his will to compete, his playing strength and his knowledge of the game gives him a chance to win every single time out, but they've got to get him some better looks, I think, in the pocket."
By the numbers
How teams compare statistically. All stats are per-game averages, except for sacks and turnover differential, which are for the season (league rank in parentheses):
CIN | IND
Points scored: 22.8 (15) | 28.6 (6)
Points given up: 21.5 (12) | 23.1 (19)
Pass offense: 213.8 (21) | 305.9 (1)
Rush offense: 134.2 (6) | 100.8 (22)
Pass defense: 243.0 (20) | 229.3 (12)
Rush defense: 116.3 (20) | 113.4 (18)
Sacks: 20 (32) | 41 (9)
Penalty yards: 54.8 (16) | 54.1 (15)
Turnovers: +0 (16) | -5 (22)
The Bengals are a different team without Green at full strength. The Colts will be facing a better Cincinnati defense than the one they picked apart in October, but Luck is better than Dalton, particularly in high-stakes games.