The Bengals will once again be traveling to Indianapolis to take on the Colts for their final game of the preseason. The game comes just five days after their Week 3 preseason game against the Bears and 10 days after their Week 2 preseason game against the Buccaneers.
The Bengals haven't only played the Colts in each of the last 23 preseasons (with the exception of 2000) but, they most recently played at Lucas Oil Stadium in the 2014 playoffs, when they lost 26-10 in a game many would rather forget.
"Last season cut me up," Bengals offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson has said. "I promise you that. And I think it’s cut a lot of people at the core, because we’re tired. We’re tired of people saying we can't succeed in postseason. I don’t want to be seen as not being capable of anything. You have to take a stand."
Like last year in the preseason finale against the Colts, Andy Dalton and most of the starters will likely sit out and not play in the final preseason game.
The Bengals lead the Colts 15-8 in preseason play, including 7-4 as the road team, like they will be on Thursday night. The Bengals have won nine of the last 11 preseason (meaningless) meetings, including a 35-7 victory at Paul Brown Stadium in 2014. The last preseason meeting at Indianapolis was in 2012, won 20-16 by the Colts.
In the official series rivalry, including regular-season and postseason games, the Colts lead the Bengals 19-10. The Colts defeated Cincinnati twice last season, with both games in Indianapolis, by a 27-0 score in the regular season and 26-10 in a Wild Card playoff game.
The Bengals and Colts are not scheduled to meet in the 2015 regular season.