Colts’ defense dominates Bengals 27-0

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is pressured by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis’ defense is sending a powerful message.

In a complete performance the Colts defense looked like the ’85 Bears, in total shutdown mode against one of the top teams in the league. They also posted their first shutout in six years.

“We’re just trying to out-execute,” said defender Cory Redding. “We’re all playing for each other man, when you got a lot of guys fighting for each other, you can do some great things.”

Posting a shutout in the NFL is not an easy take, especially against a top five offense?

“I don’t think I did that in Pop Warner, that’s how hard it is,”said safety Mike Adams. “That’s how hard it is to get a goose egg on the board, especially since we’re all professionals.”

The coach, a defensive-minded boss appreciates it. “Hats off to our defense doing an incredible job. I don’t care. At any level, shutting somebody out is tough, especially in the National Football League,” said Chuck Pagano.

The shutout looked more like a feeding frenzy.

“Sharks in the water, that’s how we are,”added linebacker Jerrell Freeman. “Big, physical up front, we’re big in the secondary, it doesn’t matter, someone makes the tackle, we’re flying to the ball.”

And everyone on the other side of the ball enjoyed the effort.

“We need to come and play like this every game,” said running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who scored twice. “If the offense would have started better, I think it would have been a better outcome, but the defense kept us in it and we came out fighting.”

Five in a row, and getting better and better. Now Luck and company take this show on the road for back to back games in Pittsburgh and in New York against the Giants. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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