After his first 5 NFL begins rookie quarterback Joe Burrow heads into Sunday’s sport (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Fox 19) trying to stop Colts wily veteran of a quarterback Philip Rivers from beating the Bengals in 5 completely different cities throughout his 17 NFL seasons of 50-50 balls with Cincinnati.
A re-count of Rivers’ profession, which switched course this offseason to Indianapolis, exhibits these victories in Cincinnati, San Diego and Los Angeles whereas compiling a 4-Four report in opposition to the Bengals. However there’s additionally that 2004 Senior Bowl in Cell, Ala., when Rivers’ MVP efficiency led the South to a victory over a North group coached by Marvin Lewis’ Bengals employees.
The Bengals.com Media Roundtable believes the Colts prevail Sunday if the 38-year-old Rivers might be requested to handle the sport whereas permitting the league’s top-ranked protection to power Burrow into 23-year-old rookie throws.
NBC’s Peter King, the previous Bengals beat reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer who lined a rookie quarterback named Boomer Esiason, thinks Indy’s protection proves an excessive amount of for this rookie. The Athletic’s Stephen Holder, who additionally lined the Colts for The Indy Star, thinks Rivers will get a hand from a decided run sport.
Domestically, Tyler Dragon, one among King’s heirs at The Enquirer, sees the Colts making the most of one too many turnovers. Jay Morrison of The Athletic predicts a low scoring “rock combat,” that stones each offenses with the sting to the league’s greatest protection.
Let’s go round The Desk. As at all times, guests and the alphabet first.
The Colts have completed a very good job of stopping the run. They at all times need to try this, nevertheless it’s of better significance this week as a result of they need to put the sport in Burrow’s fingers. They really feel like with their pace on protection and skill to cowl, they will come out on prime. You will see them actually beef up in opposition to the run, particularly after final week the place the Browns hit some massive runs within the first half and hit one other one within the fourth quarter to shut the sport out. The Colts weren’t joyful about that and it is a departure from what they’ve completed this yr.
So Bengals working again Joe Mixon goes to get a variety of consideration, no query. They’re constructed to do it. Colts deal with DeForest Buckner is a sport wrecker. Grover Stewart at nostril deal with is an underrated man in opposition to the run.
The Colts offense is aware of in the event that they get the working sport going it actually offers them an higher hand to get again to that includes the tight ends, that are actually central to them. Lengthy down-and-distances de-emphasize them and so they need to get again to a brief, intermediate passing sport with some occasional play-action down the sphere and to do this it’s important to run efficiently. Rookie working again Jonathan Taylor has been enjoying lots with Marlon Mack out and he is beginning to determine it out. They will keep it up. If it is three yards a carry, they do not care. They will hold working it till they hit some. So be prepared.
THE EDGE: I feel Burrow will make a play or two. The Colts protection has had a break down or two and it is as much as you to see it. He is a wise child, however they’re going to not constantly allow you to try this. Nobody has constantly moved the ball in opposition to this protection. If the protection performs properly, the offense can operate as meant and run the ball. COLTS, 24-14.
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