Colts vs Bengals
The Indianapolis Colts wrap up the preseason Thursday night with a road trip to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals after what was a crazy weekend involving Andrew Luck’s retirement.
While that news is still going to dominate the headlines, there is still a game to be played and roster spots to be fought for Thursday night. This is the final game in which roster bubble players will fight for their right to be on the 53-man roster.
It is the pretty much annual game between the Colts and Bengals to end the preseason.
Colts vs Bengals Live
Date/Time: Aug. 29nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
The final preseason game is pretty infamous for teams not playing their starters. It makes all the sense in the world for an NFL team to give their players an extra bye week before the regular season starts, but from a casual fan’s point of view, it could be hard watching a game without players like Joe Mixon or Andy Dalton even suiting up.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t intrigue. Cincinnati still has plenty of players on the roster bubble fighting for their NFL livelihood. Whether it is the wide receivers looking for the final few spots on the roster or young linebackers looking to stay on the team, there will be plenty to watch.
Bengals fans should also be treated to plenty of reps from backup rookie quarterbacks Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala. Both have looked impressive over the preseason. Jeff Driskel and Dolegala could also be playing for their chance to be the team’s third quarterback (if the Bengals even decide to keep three quarterbacks).
As for the Colts, there probably isn’t a more depressed fan base going into the 2019 season. They just got news that quarterback Andrew Luck isn’t coming back this season or ever. He retired following the teams last game as he was working to come back from an injury. The team already planned on sitting quarterback Jacoby Brissett before that news broke, so expect to see plenty of Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly.
As far as former Bengals we’ll get to see on the Colts, fans will be able to get a look at defensive lineman Margus Hunt. He was a second round pick by the Bengals in 2013. He was drafted based on the potential of his NFL strength, but the Bengals’ coaching staff was never able to turn him into the player they envisioned when drafting him so high. He had a career-high five sacks last season.
This is the last game that doesn’t count for the 2019 season, and it is probably the last time we will see most of these depth players spend extensive time playing offense and defense. This is also the last prime time game the Bengals play this season.