Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati: Colts Preseason Week 4 Preview

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Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati: Colts Preseason Week 4 Preview
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The Indianapolis Colts have been able to stay relatively intact through the first three games of the preseason, and as they prepare to play their last preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the starters can now turn their attention to the Week 1 matchup against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

After such a strong showing from the starters against the New York Giants, the Colts struggled this past week against the New Orleans Saints, including starting quarterback Andrew Luck. Because of an early deficit, the backups couldn't pull the team out, giving the Colts a 23-17 loss to move them to 0-3 this preseason.

Now, the Colts starters likely won't see a lot of action Thursday, but it will be a great opportunity for some of the bench players to prove themselves and help secure a spot on the final 53-man roster. As head coach Chuck Pagano has admitted, this year's cuts are going to be a lot harder.

"We said from day one it was going to be extremely difficult because we felt like the 90-man roster this year compared to year one is a heck of a lot different," Pagano said, according to Josh Wilson from Stampede Blue. "We're deeper at every position, we've got more competition at every position."

The Colts will have some extra time to prepare for the Broncos thanks to the final preseason game being on Thursday, so let's take a look at the upcoming matchup against the Bengals.

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