The Colts went from a 93.6% chance of winning their season opener to none just 15 minutes later. Andrew Luck made his long-awaited return, only to be spoiled by the Bengals in a 34-23 loss.
Luck was given the opportunity to drive the Colts down the field to pull off a comeback win. The Bengals hit a field goal, making it a 4-point game with under 4:00 left. Andrew Luck faced multiple third downs, converting each time. Things looked really good for the Colts with under 1:00 left, down to the Cincinnati 30.
Facing 3rd down, Luck completed a pass to Jack Doyle far enough past the markers for a 1st down. It appeared that way until Doyle fumbled the football with Cincinnati scooping it up. Not only did the Bengals recover it, they took it all the way back for a touchdown.
The Colts would end up falling 34-23 in a very winnable game.
Andrew Luck finished 39/53 with 319 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. Luck ran just one time, picking up 7 yards for a 1st down. He was sacked twice and took many brutal hits. None of that seemed to bother Luck, as he led the Colts to a close comeback.
Rookie RB Jordan Wilkins started the game in place of Marlon Mack. Wilkins ran the ball 14 times for 40 yards. The Colts run attack just wasn’t there.
On the receiving end of things, Doyle led the way despite the fumble. He caught 7 passes for 60 yards. At the other end of the Colts TE duo, Eric Ebron cashed in on a nice debut. Ebron had 4 receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. T.Y. Hilton added 5 catches with 46 yards and a touchdown.
DT Margus Hunt had a nice day on defense, with 2.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss.
Up Next for Colts
The Colts go on the road to Washington on Sunday. They face off with the Redskins at 1:00 PM Eastern on CBS.