By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indianapolis Colts was able to have their franchise quarterback back in the lineup for the first-time in nearly two-years. They still received the loss, though.
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Colts, 34-23, on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Bengals improved to 1-0. The Colts fell to 0-1 under new head coach Frank Reich.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton went 21 of 28 for 243 yards. He also had two touchdowns and an interception.
Joe Mixon had 17 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown.
A.J. Green had six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Mixon had five reception for 54 yards. Tyler Eifert had three receptions for 44 yards.
John Ross also had a three-yard touchdown reception.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck went 39 of 53 for 319 passing yards. He also had two touchdowns and an interception.
Jordan Wilkins had 14 carries for 40 yards.
Jack Doyle had seven receptions for 60 yards. Ryan Grant had eight receptions for 59 yards. Eric Ebron had four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. T.Y. Hilton had five receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.
The second half was nearly all the Bengals. After a Colts touchdown, Cincinnati scored 24 straight points.
Dalton hit Green for a 38-yard touchdown. Mixon also scored on a one-yard touchdown. Randy Bullock booted a 39-yard field goal.
Luck hit Doyle for a 13-yard gain, before Doyle fumbled on the play after being tackled by Clayton Fejedelem. He recovered the fumble and returned it for an 83-yard touchdown.
Luck hit Hilton for a five-yard touchdown as the Colts led 22-10 at 8:13 in the third quarter.
Indianapolis led 16-10 at halftime. Luck hit Ebron for a 26-yard touchdown. Adam Vinatieri also made three field goals.
Dalton hit Ross for a three-yard touchdown. Bullock also made a 42-yard field goal.