Final: Bengals 42 Colts 28
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
*9-4 with 3 games to go.
*Browns beat Pats. Bengals control own destiny for 2nd seed, bye + home playoff game.
*Bengals hold tiebreakers over Pats and Colts.
*Bengals 6-0 home. Undefeated at home in 1973, 1982 (4-0 strike), 1988.
*3 straight winning seasons 1st time since 1975 (11-3), 1976 (10-4) and 1977 (8-6). 2nd time franchise history.
*Nice to see O put D on shoulders for a change.
*42, 41, 49 Bengals points last three games at PBS.
*Bengals 3 games of 40+ points at home is a franchise record for a season.
*Last time Bengals scored 40+ at least three times season: 1981...41 at Balt, 40 at SD, 41 at Cleveland.
*Colts 2nd least penalized team this year...but 2 killer personal fouls Sunday....penalties led to 5 first downs for Bengals.
*AJ/Marvin 8 TD catches each. Last time 2 #Bengals had at least 8 TD catches same season: TJ 12, Chad 8 in 2007.
*Dalton better head-to-head QB rating than Luck, Ben, Brady, Rodgers, Stafford and Rivers.
*Neither team committed turnover...neither team had a sack.
*Andy: 24 of 35, 275 yards, 3 TD/3 receivers: Green, Jones, Gresham. QB rating: 120.5
*Andy keep and score! 41-21.
*A do-it-all day for Gio. Wow. 12 rushes 99 yards, 4 catches 49 yards….148 total yards.
*Rushed 35 times/155 yards (4.4)
*Three straight 40+ performances at home.
*Nice answer after Colts cut 21-14...60 yard drive....Andy to Gresh, 28-14.
*Andy to AJ, TD, 35-14, like taking candy from a baby.
*Andy 5 for 5 start, got AJ/Gresh involved
*Marvin Jones 29-yards on beauty from Dalton, TD...8th. Great extension MJ.
*Andy with another 29-yard beauty to Jones
*10 plays/83 yards, TD, opening drive...Dalton 6 of 7.
*4th and Goal TD? BJGE, I'll take it. 14-0. Triplette didn't see the trip up?
*Dalton: 21 of 32, 288 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT combined 2nd half SD/1st half Indy.
*BJGE TD run, 21-0.,...9 plays/80 yards start 2nd half
*Andy hit 7 of 9 players targeted.
*6 of 12 on 3rd down.
*I think this Whit at LG thing might just work.
*excellent 3rd down: 2 of 10
*Big 3 and out after offense gave 28-14 lead.
*Reggie Nelson/Adam Jones miss Rogers by not wrapping, 69 yds, 21-7.
*really weak effort/6 missed tackles=19-yard TD pass Luck to Brazill, 21-14.
*Luck 1st visiting QB to throw multiple TD since Peyton Manning, November 4, last year.
*Brandon Thompson nice deflection on screen
*Adam Jones 3rd down PBU twice in 1st QT
*3rd down pressure Gilberry forced incompletion
*Big pressure/hit James Harrison
*Beauty deflection Reggie Nelson on what looked like TD pass
*Vinny 3rd down coverage vs Fleener forces incompletion
*Luck hit 9 of 10 players targeted.
*Iloka out with head injury. Newman out knee injury.
*Dre delivered again.
*Huber 59 yard bomb, 30 yard not bomb, 70 yard rocket....2 touch backs entering game/2 touch backs Sunday.
*Why did Tate run ball out? Then returned next KO 44-yards...
*Tate 43 yard PR...blocks JK and Alex Smith.
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball while defended by Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals pumps up the crowd before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Coley Harvey, ESPN: What it means: The Bengals are finally showing the football world that they are who many of us in the preseason thought they would be. Now that the end of regular season is almost here, the Bengals are preparing for a postseason run by flexing their muscles against teams they have to beat. Following last week's seven-point win on the road at San Diego, this weekend's dismantling of a division leader proves that they ought to be taken seriously during the postseason.
Sports Talk quotes of note from Friday Night's Redsfest
Here are things said during Sports Talk Friday night:
I tweeted these comments throughout the weekend, so pardon the limit of 140 characters.
*I truly hope Brandon's going to be as important to this team, this season, as he has in past.
*There was no concerted effort to place Brandon elsewhere.
*Brandon is a very integral part of our ballclub. Until that doesn't happen, that's the case.
*Castellini on Chapman role: I think Bryan has an open mind, and probably 85% of the decision is going to be Bryan's.
*My vision is to have Aroldis come in 5x at GABP w/ game tied 9th, K side, & then Billy Hamilton steal home to win it.
*On BP: "A couple of teams have inquired, but things didn't go very far"
*"Whether it's BP or another player, if a team comes to me with a proposal that makes us better, I have to consider it," Walt Jocketty:
*Does Cano signing impact this in any way? : "No, not at all, we weren't talking to either club,
*On Billy: Right now he's our CF.
*D & everything, else we know he do that and be a tremendous defensive CF for us.…
*Walt told me best option for bat is probably trade, "if we do sign a FA, it would be a lower level FA, not the huge $ we've seen.
*We'd love 2 have Choo. He'd like to come back. But he has to do what he has to do. It unfortunately may not work out for us
*The recent signings have put us behind, it's crazy the $ being spent. It would be difficult. We love to have him (Choo) back"
*Walt reached out 2 Homer's agent last week. Wants to sit down/work something out. Rep'd by tough group. Will do everyting can.
*On a Billy: right now he's our CF.
*On Billy: In next month-6 weeks we are going to have him work on perfecting his bunting. That is a huge tool.
*Walt got a call during our interview, he looked at phone and click ignore, said it was an agent.
*Getting healthy, stronger, feeling able to run/jump like I did before, is my biggest priority. I'm excited to come back.
*Votto asked me about Twitter, "it's really tempting, I have so many things I want to throw out there, but no, I'm not going to."
*Votto asked me about the terminology of Twitter, "would it be to Tweet?"
*Votto told me very poor baserunner/defense when drafted at 18. Took ton of pride in being very best. Last yr frustrating in both areas.
*Votto said base running/defense last yr more frustrating than his hitting, although fans thought it was about driving in more run.
*Votto quoted me his K looking stats I ask him about over a month ago, he remembered the stat better than I did.
*On Mesoraco: Much easier to be young catcher on a team transitioning. Very difficult to be young catcher on a veteran staff.
*Price said '13 growth of Mez was "huge". Added toughest thing to do is be 1st x catcher on a team that's expected to win.
*On Mesoraco: He came in during 2012 and told me he was 0-10 in games he'd caught. It really affected him
*Price mentioned LH facing RH, RH vs LH late: Say I take Sean out & bring in another arm, 2 guys are tired next day, instead of 1.
*On Chapman: There's going to be times we get the last 2 out of the 8th and we say, run the table in the 9th
*Me: If Opening Day was tomorrow, could you be this team's CF? Billy Hamilton: I am ready.
*Billy told me his teammates were really helpful in September, showing him ropes. Said BP took him in, like a little brother.
*Billy: I'm a good bunter, but there is always room to get better. I'm going to start working with some guys that bunt really well."
*Billy told me Reds want him to add weight. He's at 160lbs/would like to add 10-15 lbs.
*Billy told me he ate beans, rice, and chicken everyday in Puerto Rico for winter ball, trying to add weight.
*Cozart on why 0 SB '13, after going 30 of 32 AAA: "I wonder that as well. But you've got to get the green light steal."
*Graves said when 1st came to Reds, Lenny Harris asked him to make him a sandwich, thought he was clubhouse guy.
*Graves said knew had arrived as ESPN baseball broadcaster when Marty sent text, "nice job", during one of his games.
Sean said it got to 50/50 on surgery towards end of year....went with rehab. Fells good.
Ryank: fans will love Skip, he's a balls to the wall kind of guy. I call him Mighty Mouse.