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Refocused, NFL Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Indianapolis Colts 23

Sep 9, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts to scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the 3rd quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.
PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game.
Cincinnati Bengals 34, Indianapolis Colts 23 Analyst Takeaways Wide receiver John Ross took a big step in putting his troubled rookie season behind him by snagging a fade route from Andy Dalton for his first NFL touchdown.
Mixon started at running back and also saw several pass targets.
The Colts were shorthanded at offensive tackle coming into today’s game and it showed.
Edge defender Carlos Dunlap was the chief benefactor, as he was essentially unblockable coming off the edge on pass rushes.
Bengals safety Clayton Fejedelem was picked on throughout the game by the Colts crossing-route-heavy offense, but he secured victory for Cincinnati by ripping out what would have been a first-down catch by Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
The fumble was returned to the house for a long defensive touchdown.
This was not the debut the Colts were hoping to see from 2018 first-round pick Quenton Nelson.
Quarterback Andrew Luck got away with a couple of ill-placed balls (as he is prone to doing), but the Colts have to be encouraged by his performance today.

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Sep 9, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts to scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the 3rd quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon, 34-23, during the NFL’s first full Sunday of action.

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

FINAL SCORE

Cincinnati Bengals 34, Indianapolis Colts 23

Analyst Takeaways

Wide receiver John Ross took a big step in putting his troubled rookie season behind him by snagging a fade route from Andy Dalton for his first NFL touchdown.

The Bengals made it clear that running back

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