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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cincinnati needed Clayton Fejedelem’s pinch-hitting skills Sunday.

He delivered with the perfect swing.

The Bengals‘ backup safety jarred the ball loose from Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle with less than 35 seconds left in the game. Fejedelem scooped up the loose ball and sprinted down the sideline to end Andrew Luck’s comeback hopes with an 83-yard touchdown return to preserve the Bengals’ 34-23 victory.

“Really lucky he just turned Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jersey , presented his chest and I saw the ball,” Fejedelem said. “I just tried to get down there and do whatever I could. It just kind of popped and the rest is history.”

It was an unlikely performance in the most unlikely circumstance.

Fejedelem was pressed into service only after starting safety Shawn Williams became the first player this season to be ejected following a helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck.

Fortunately for the Bengals, Fejedelem was ready for anything thrown his way.

He entered the game with 25 tackles in his first two NFL seasons, but finished with 10 tackles Sunday and even seemed to choreograph the head-first dive to cap his first NFL score.

The victory ended Cincinnati’s eight-game losing streak in Indy, gave the Bengals their fourth win in the past five openers and ended Luck’s last gasp chance of a comeback in his first regular-season start in more than 20 months.

“It was relief at that point,” Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton said after going 21 of 28 with 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. “Them driving the ball down there like that, I was nervous. Our guys made a great play. It’s a big play to end it.”

How desperate were the Bengals?

With Indy trailing 27-23, Luck took over with 3:52 to go and led the Colts to the Bengals 25.

Indy then lost 5 yards on a pass on first down and faced third-and-15 after an incompletion on second down.

Doyle caught Luck’s third down pass near the Bengals 15 and appeared to have twisted his way to a first down when he got stood up by one Bengals defender and Fejedelem knocked the ball loose before Doyle’s knee hit the ground.

“I messed it up,” Doyle said. “It stings.”

Luck was 39 of 53 for 319 yards, two TD passes and an interception on his first official throw of the season — an underthrown pass to Doyle inside the Bengals 5.

But Luck helped stake the Colts to a 23-10 lead midway through the third quarter.

Then, just like last season, the Colts couldn’t close it out.

Dalton cut the deficit to six with a 38-yard TD pass to A.J. Green and the Bengals retook the lead on Joe Mixon’s leaping 1-yard scoring run with 11:07 left to play. Randy Bullock made it 27-23 with a 39-yard field goal with 3:57 to go.

And then Fejedelem ended the Colts’ hopes with one crucial hit.

“To make the strip and make the return is big,” coach Marvin Lewis said.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

The Colts and Bengals both refrained from any player protests while the national anthem was sung. And neither team had anyone in the locker room.

STAT PACK

Bengals: Mixon carried 17 times for 95 yards and five catches for 54 yards. Green caught six passes for 92 yards and Preston Brown picked off Luck on the Colts’ first possession of the game. Cincinnati was called for four personal fouls.

Colts: Adam Vinatieri made three field goals, missing a 55-yarder just before Cincinnati’s go-ahead score. He has 562 field goals, three short of Morten Andersen’s league record. Luck connected with nine receivers, led by Ryan Grant who had eight catches for 59 yards and Doyle who had seven catches for 60 yards.

INJURY REPORT

Bengals: Brown limped off the field late in the first half with an injured right ankle. Defensive tackle Andrew Billings also left with leg cramps late in the third quarter.

Colts: Indy did not play with longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), projected right tackle Denzelle Good (knee/wrist) or running back Marlon Mack (hamstring). The Colts also lost cornerback Chris Milton in the second half after he entered the concussion protocol.

THEY SAID IT

Bengals: “You’re back,” Lewis said he told Luck after the game.

Colts: “I was certainly a bit emotional before the game and I wish we would have won,” Luck said. “I think I was a little careless with the ball when we had a chance to put some points on the board and make it an insurmountable lead and we don’t do it.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Head home to host Baltimore on Thursday night.

Colts: Begin a two-game road trip against the NFC East by visiting Washington next Sunday.

DENVER (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks‘ “Legion of Boom” blew up with cam Chancellor’s neck injury and Richard Sherman’s exit. The Denver Broncos‘ “No Fly Zone” was grounded by Aqib Talib’s trade and T.J. Ward’s departure.

Not so fast, insist the holdovers.

These two teams may not have the star power in their respective secondaries that they’ve boasted in years past, but they still have formidable, youth-infused defensive backfields expected to play leading roles in 2018.

When Talib was traded to the Rams this spring http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-brandon-parker-jersey , he suggested the “No Fly Zone” no longer existed.

Nonsense, retorted cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

“I started the ‘No Fly Zone,’ so it’s going to always be here,” said Harris, who has some new co-pilots in cornerbacks Tramaine Brock, Adam Jones and Isaac Yiadom backing up Talib’s replacement, Bradley Roby.

At safety, the Broncos had hoped to add some pop to go with Darian Stewart’s heady play, and they acquired Su’a Cravens from Washington. But he’s on IR with a sore left knee, leaving Will Parks and Dymonte Thomas to step up.

Behind Sherman’s swagger, Seattle’s secondary became a catchphrase across the NFL. The “Legion of Boom” was so well known the names of Sherman, Chancellor and Earl Thomas were always associated with that moniker.

Not anymore.

Sherman is now with division rival San Francisco. Chancellor’s career is likely over after a neck injury suffered last season. Thomas is still around but he only returned to the team on Wednesday after a holdout that produced neither the contract extension nor the trade he hoped for.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph doesn’t see much difference on film, however.

“That defense is more of a culture than it is a certain player,” Joseph said. “They play hard, they play fast and that’s what coach (Pete) Carroll brought there five or six years ago. As I watch the tape this year, it’s different names and numbers, but it’s the same personalities. It’s Seattle. It looks like Seattle.”

If Thomas plays Sunday, it will likely be on a limited “pitch count” as Carroll described it.

Otherwise, Seattle’s secondary features Shaquill Griffin and Dontae Johnson at cornerbacks, Bradley McDougald at strong safety and some combination of Thomas and Tedric Thompson at free safety.

Not quite “Boom” worthy just yet.

Griffin is on his way to being Seattle’s next secondary star. He showed the skill last year as a rookie playing opposite Sherman and may eventually take over as the leader of the unit. Johnson was a starter last year in San Francisco, and McDougald may be one of Seattle’s most versatile players with the ability to bounce between both strong safety and free safety.

“It’s very reassuring Earl is back,” McDougald said. “I’m happy he’s here and I’m ready to get to work.”

Other subplots as the Broncos try to extend the NFL’s longest active winning streak in openers to seven:

STATING HIS CASE: QB Case Keenum , trying to help the Broncos avoid their first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72 Eagles Markus Wheaton Jersey , figures his Denver debut got a little bit harder with Thomas ending his holdout.

He praised Thomas as one of the best safeties he’s ever faced, insisted, “he can do some things on film that nobody else can do.”

That said, Keenum likes his teammates and his chances.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for 29,” Keenum said. “But we trust our guys running routes and catching the ball versus anybody out there.”

SHAQUEM STARTS: Shaquill Griffin’s twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, is expected to start against the Broncos with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. It’s another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin , who had his left hand amputated as a child. While Griffin is a superior athlete, he is undersized for the position and will be challenged both in the run game and trying to defend bigger tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt.

HONORING T.D.: Royce Freeman is set to become the first rookie running back to start Week 1 for the Broncos since Hall of Famer Terrell Davis in 1995. Fellow rookie and local hero Phillip Lindsay, who starred at the University of Colorado, got Davis’ blessing to rock his No. 30 jersey .

“As a running back, it’s special to be able to wear T.D.’s number,” Lindsay said.

COLORADO CONNECTION: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was once a farmhand of the Colorado Rockies, who drafted him a day before his father died in 2010. “I’m very, very grateful for the Colorado Rockies organization and what they did for me and just gave me a chance and allowed me to take my mind off of my dad, who was my best friend. I’ll never forget that,” Wilson said.

The New York Yankees now hold Wilson’s baseball rights, and while he’s got a great gig now, “I think I’d look pretty good in them, wearing the pinstripes,” Wilson said. “When you put on a Yankee uniform, they say you become immortal.”
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