In what could be described for the most part as a game that was meaningless, the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts played at Lucas Oil Stadium Thursday in a game that almost exclusively consisted of reserves from both teams. The Bengals, without quarterback Carson Palmer, wide receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh and running back Rudi Johnson, dominated the game from both sides of the ball, easily disposing of the Colts 27-7.
The Colts had issues all game long as the QB derby continued; neither Quinn Gray or Jared Lorenzen distinguished themselves at all on the field while the defense struggled, as well. The lone bright spot – and score – for Indianapolis was a 103-yard kick return touchdown by kick returner/WR Courtney Roby during the second quarter. The Colts, like the Bengals, rested all of their offensive starters (QB Peyton Manning, RB Joseph Addai, WR’s Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison and tight end Dallas Clark) – and it showed with their offensive performance on the field, totalling only 154 total yards of offense.
Lorenzen led the Colts’ passing attack – or lack thereof – going 9-of-16 for 91 yards and an interception while Quinn Gray did worse, going 3-of-12 for 37 yards. Chad Simpson led all Colts rushers with 17 yards on 6 carries while Roby led all Colts receivers with 24 yards on a reception and the aforementioned kick return TD.
Jeff Rowe went 7-for-11 for 67 yards while Jordan Palmer (brother of Carson) went 4-of-7 for 43 yards; Ryan Fitzpatrick also played briefly, going 5-of-8 for 35 yards and a TD. James Johnson led all Bengals rushers with 54 yards on only 8 carries while DeDe Dorsey added 9 carries for 38 yards and a TD. TE Nate Lawrie led all Bengals receivers with 2 receptions for 37 yards while WR Marion Urrutia added 27 yards on 2 catches; Glenn Holt pitched in with 4 receptions for 20 yards and a score. Cincinnati next plays in their season opener as they visit Baltimore to face the Ravens on September 7 while Indianapolis hosts the Chicago Bears in their season opener – also on September 7.