The Bengals flashed some of their potential Monday night against the Steelers. Ultimately, however, the big hole they dug early in the game cost them a victory.
T.O. is enjoying a career resurgence in Cincy and is the Bengals most productive player. Last seasons Bengals team won ball games thanks to its running attack, but Benson has been inconsistent this year and has not put up the same numbers as last season.
Slow starts have really cost this team, especially against the Steelers and Falcons. If the Bengals can overcome that, they still have a shot to salvage some of their season. Right now, though, Marvin Lewis has to be on the hot seat.
The Colts are an incredilby banged up team right now. Austin Collie will be out, Addai looks like he will still be out, and Clark is done for the season. Despite the losses, Manning has still put up big numbers, but the offense hasn't looked quite as efficient as in years past.
On defense, the Colts do a pretty nice job against the pass, but struggle against the rush. They are undersized and much better at getting to the quarterback than stuffing a rushing attack. They will be happy to be facing a quarterback with less mobility than Michal Vick, who gashed them in passing situations with his legs.