Final

Colts 10

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Bengals 27

(3-1, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 3 0 0 710
CIN 10 7 10 027

Dalton leads TD drive, Bengals beat Colts 27-10

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- A few smooth minutes on the field left Andy Dalton in a good mood.

Dalton completed his only pass and led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive -- one that took four minutes to finish -- and the Cincinnati Bengals ended the preseason with a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The third-year quarterback wanted a crisp drive to finish the preseason. He got it.

"We did what we wanted to do," Dalton said of the seven-play drive.

"We drove down and scored -- had some good runs mixed in there and some conversions on passes. We did what we wanted the first offense to do."

Cincinnati (3-1) has a few decisions left before starting the season, none bigger than picking Dalton's backup.

Josh Johnson followed Dalton for the second straight game and had a solid showing. He led the Bengals to a touchdown and a field goal in three possessions before halftime.

Johnson scrambled twice for 38 yards on a touchdown drive that culminated in his 3-yard pass to Marvin Jones, showing his main advantage over John Skelton in the competition for the backup job.

Overall, Johnson was 7 of 13 for 67 yards with three sacks.

"I feel good," Johnson said. "I feel I've improved weekly on everything I've been asked to do and we've been able to get results on the field. We've been able to put scoring drives together, finish drives.

"But you never know. All you can do is put your best foot forward."

Skelton, who was behind from the start of the competition to replace Bruce Gradkowski because he'd never run a West Coast offense, played the second half and was 6 of 10 for 99 yards with one touchdown drive.

The Bengals played most of their starters on offense and defense for one series only. Dalton's brief appearance ended in Giovani Bernard's 1-yard touchdown run.

The Colts (2-2) rested most of their starters, including quarterback Andrew Luck. He and Dalton joked with each other on the field before the game.

"One of the goals is to come out as healthy as you can and we did," coach Chuck Pagano said.

Matt Hasselbeck started for Indianapolis and led a 12-play drive against most of the Bengals' starters. Adam Vinatieri kicked a 43-yard field goal to complete it. Hasselbeck played two series and went 5 of 9 for 49 yards.

Vinatieri also was wide left on a 52-yard attempt.

Indianapolis' starting defense hadn't allowed a touchdown the past two games. With the play-it-safe approach on Thursday, the results were less pleasing.

"We didn't play very well at all," linebacker Pat Angerer said. "But we'll play better."

The Bengals' starters moved the ball easily against a Colts defense of mostly backups during their one series on the field.

All-Pro receiver A.J. Green, who missed the first three weeks of camp with a bruised knee, played the series and drew an interference penalty from Josh Gordy in the end zone, setting up Giovani Bernard's 1-yard run.

Receiver Brandon Tate made more of an impact as a kick returner. Tate's 51-yard kickoff return set up the touchdown. Tate also had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the previous preseason game at Dallas.

Both teams had reserves get hurt.

Colts inside linebacker Kavell Conner and offensive tackle Emmett Cleary were treated for ankle injuries but returned. Receiver David Reed left with a concussion. Cornerback Daxton Swanson pulled a hamstring and didn't return. Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur dislocated his right shoulder in the first quarter and was taken off the field on a cart. Guard Mike Pollak suffered a knee injury, but coach Marvin Lewis said it wasn't serious.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
CIN
1st Downs1625
Passing 1st downs
109
Rushing 1st downs
611
1st downs from Penalties
05
3rd down efficiency
4-119-15
4th down efficiency
0-02-3
Total Plays5565
Total Yards225361
Yards per play4.15.6
Total Drives99
Passing95170
Comp - Att
13-2114-24
Yards per pass
4.57.1
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-93-14
Rushing130191
Rushing Attempts
3238
Yards per rush
4.15.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-13-5
Penalties7-642-15
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:3231:28

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harnish8/13554.2112-9
Hasselbeck5/8496.1000-0
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Skelton6/10999.9000-0
Johnson7/13675.2103-14

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams18925.1023
Hughes5306.009
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Herron12514.3020
Burkhead11393.5120

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Cunningham3268.70153
Hughes3248.00133
CINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Rogers13030.00302
Sanzenb...22914.50223

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDCIN
indFG10:25Adam Vinatieri 43 Yd 30
cinTD06:40Giovani Bernard 1 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick) 37
cinFG01:07Mike Nugent 42 Yd 310
SECOND QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD07:54Marvin Jones 3 Yd Pass From Josh Johnson (Mike Nugent Kick) 317
THIRD QUARTERINDCIN
cinFG10:30Mike Nugent 33 Yd 320
cinTD05:27Rex Burkhead 2 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick) 327
FOURTH QUARTERINDCIN
indTD11:41Dominique Jones 7 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 1027