Indianapolis Colts Preseason Week 4 Review: Mr. Irrelevant Plays Irrelevant Game

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistAugust 31, 2012

It was a winning night for a tough young man.
It was a winning night for a tough young man.Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

The Indianapolis Colts beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 on August 30th in the final preseason game for both teams. Less important words have never been written.

Here's what does matter from the final week of preseason play.


Andrew Luck Didn't Get Hurt

Luck only threw two passes, one of which was dropped, but unlike Andy Dalton, he managed to survive his gauntlet unscathed. Once again, Luck was looking deep on every throw before being forced to check down. This is a good thing.

The one drop is noteworthy only because it came at the hands of Coby Fleener. Fleener has spent most of camp and the preseason not catching passes, and is quickly developing a reputation for poor hands.

Donnie Avery played early in the game, and it appeared Luck was looking for him deep, but he was unable to get open.


The Colts aren't Deep or Talented

It's just preseason, and there's no point in over-analyzing things, but the Colts looked terrible for most of the first half. The first and second stringers for Indianapolis looked outmatched physically by the Bengals.

The offense managed just two first downs in the first 27 minutes of game time. One of those was by penalty. The defense gave up scores on two of its first three drives.

Yes, the Colts rallied for the win, but the players that mattered most looked collectively lost. The Colts have not played well this preseason, and have been dominated early in games after Week 1.

Preseason is a lousy test, and the team could come out and rip off a string of victories. I tend not to trust the eye test, but right now they are failing it miserably.

Of course, no one values preseason less than I do, so if they go out and dominate early in the season, it will serve me right for trying to derive anything from these games.

After all, Jerry Hughes looks like a superstar, so you know I need my eyes checked.


A Nice Night For the Local Kid

Chandler Harnish is what Week 4 of the preseason is all about. The Hoosier was the last player drafted in 2012, and is likely going to get cut. He'll probably land on the Colts' practice squad, so the game against the Bengals may be the most he ever gets to pass in an NFL uniform for the rest of his career.

He had a good night, hitting 9-of-16 passes for 168 yards a score, and led the Colts back for a win.

It may not have meant anything to us, but for Mr. Irrelevant it was a moment of profound importance.