Indianapolis vs Cincinnati Wrap - Indianapolis Wins 17-13
Taj Smith caught 8 passes for 140 yards against the Cincinnati defense as Indianapolis handed the Bengals a 17-13 loss on Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bettors who backed the Colts were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 3.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 34.5.
Dan Orlovsky completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 178 yards and 1 TD for the Colts in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.
Brian Leonard rushed for 57 yards for Cincinnati, while Cedric Peerman added 36 yards. Bruce Gradkowski threw for 90 yards for the Bengals, while receivers Ryan Whalen and Jordan Shipley had 33 and 26 yards respectively.
Indianapolis was outgained by Cincinnati 317-257 yards in Thursday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 22-14 by the Bengals.
The time of possession battle favored Cincinnati as their offense was on the field for 36:22, longer than the 23:38 of their opponents.
Indianapolis heads into a Week 1 battle against the Texans. Cincinnati, meanwhile, will have their next action against Cleveland.