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Colts Second-Team Offense Takes 3-0 Lead

The Bengals defense bent but didn't break during Indianapolis' opening possession.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Collins, Clint Boling, Vontaze Burfict, Terence Newman, and Brandon Tate did that intimidating walk to midfield behind the bells that you hear on traditional NFL Films music. Cincinnati won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. It's characteristic of the Bengals, who traditionally place the defense on the field to set the tone.

The Colts sit starting quarterback Andrew Luck -- familiar since early during the Peyton Manning era -- with mostly second-string players impressively moving the football down the field on a 56-play drive over 12 plays, picking up four first downs behind Matt Hasselbeck's five-of-eight passing for 49 yards. Eventually the Colts stalled at Cincinnati's 25-yard line with a skip-pass that led to a 43-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal.

During the drive, Vontaze Burfict dominated the defense with four tackles.