Frank Reich made it perfectly clear to everyone he would be

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aggressive when the Indianapolis Colts hired him in February.On Sunday Cheap Malik Hooker Jersey , his boldness proved costly.Instead of punting on fourth-and-4 from his own 43-yard line and settling for a tie, Reich called for a short, seemingly safe pass from Andrew Luck to Chester Rogers. But Luck's pass bounced short, the Texans got a 24-yard completion on the next play and Ka'imi Fairbairn made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Houston Texans a 37-34 overtime victory.Nobody in the Colts' locker room was second-guessing the decision, though."I loved it," Luck said. "We had a discussion before the play and I agreed, so it had my stamp of approval. We did not execute well enough. I did not get the ball to Chester to make the play and I'm sick about it. After all the mistakes we made, we still had a chance to make the play and we didn't get it done."The Colts (1-3) certainly had chances all afternoon.After a mostly dismal first half, Luck couldn't convert on a 2-point conversion attempt with 7:41 left in regulation, on the Hail Mary attempt on the final play of regulation or on a third-down play that forced Indy to settle for a go-ahead field with 6 minutes left in overtime.The defense couldn't prevent the Texans from setting up a 40-yard field goal with 2:58 left in regulation, a 59-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of regulation, a 29-yard field goal to tie the score at 34 with 1:50 left in overtime or, of course, the winning kick as time expired.Yes, Reich would have changed one thing if he had to do it over again — he wouldn't have asked Luck to line up and attempt to draw the Texans (1-3) offside before calling a timeout. He would have gone for it right away.But the failed fourth-down call wasn't the only problem Sunday.Houston's first score came on Jadeveon Clowney's fumble recovery in the end zone when center Ryan Kelly appeared to think Luck was under center rather than in the shotgun, and Fairbairn actually missed the first attempt at the winning kick — but right after Reich called timeout.The Texans (1-3) took advantage of it. But Reich gained the respect of players on both sides for his unconventional move."I respect their decision to go for the win, not a tie Jabaal Sheard Jersey ," Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. "You play to win, you don't play to tie."Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri concurred.After becoming the league's career leader on a 42-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half and giving Indy a 34-31 lead with a 44-yarder in overtime for No. 567, he wanted one more shot to win the milestone game. He never got another chance after the incompletion, spoiling the celebration."I love the call," Vinatieri said. "I love the fourth-down call to go for the win, I really do — I love it. We just have to make the play. The teams that win games make those plays."This season, the Colts have not made those plays.They lost to Cincinnati in the season opener when Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle fumbled as the Colts were driving for a go-ahead score with less than 2 minutes left. They lost last week at Super Bowl champion Philadelphia when Luck was sacked on fourth-and-goal in the final 2 minutes. On Sunday, with their top receiver T.Y. Hilton on the sideline with an injured hamstring, Reich made the call and came up short when the defense allowed Houston to move into scoring position on its fourth consecutive series.But the confidence Reich showed in both his offense and by defense by going for it just might produce some long-term wins."We are not going to be shy, we aren't going to be afraid to go for it," Kelly said. "I think it just goes to show you he has the trust in the playmakers on this team, and no matter who is in there they need to do their job. I got to give it to him."3 Colts-Bengals matchups to watch today Today the Indianapolis Colts will finally play some ‘real football’ as the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. We’re essentially getting a preview of what the team can do throughout the season, but here’s a few matchups that I’m watching in the season opener.Colts TEs Vs Bengals LBsJack Doyle was second only to T.Y. Hilton last year in terms of targets with 108. The Colts didn’t have much of a secondary option at the position, but this year’s different. Eric Ebron adds a new dynamic to how the Colts tight ends can be used. A little thunder and lightning if you will. With Ryan Hewitt being almost exclusively a blocking option, Erik Swoope adds the necessary amount of the speed and ability to create mismatches within Frank Reich’s offense.The Bengals’ linebacker situation has been a point of contention as they sit behind one of the most formidable defensive lines the Colts will play against this season. Preston Brown adds a little bit of everything to the group with Vontaze Burfict being sidelined with a suspension. Otherwise, the Bengals unit isn’t a great coverage group and the Colts have eaten up the Bengals linebackers in the past using their tight ends efficiently. And Andrew Luck is back.Bengals pass catchers Vs Colts back sevenThe Colts cornerback room has been one that most fans have felt needed an addition to bring the talent level up. Today they’regoing to be matched up against one of the best pass catchers in the game, A.J. Green Jack Doyle Jersey , and the Bengals’ version of Hilton, John Ross. Tyler Boyd has been improving as well, and now Quincy Wilson, Kenny Moore, Nate Hairston and Pierre Desir will have a perfect platform to see what they can prove.Malik Hooker adds some interesting options over the top, and the Colts truly need to see what Clayton Geathers can truly do in a scheme that might just highlight his best attributes. The corners will also have to deal with Joe Mixon and Giovanni Bernard out of the backfield in Cincinnati’s quick passing game. Rookie LB Darius Leonard will become one of the most important pieces to success for this young roster as the season progresses, and will often the front line in stopping their running backs in space.They’ve got their hands full with this matchup.Colts OL Vs Bengals DLThe Colts bolstered their OL through the draft, but there are still some unknowns and real concerns especially now that Anthony Castonzo and Le’Raven Clark are inactive for Week 1. Rookie guard Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly and Matt Slauson will attempt to protect the interior versus a group of Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings, while the tackles (whoever that is today) will be dealing with Michael Johnson, Jordan Willis, Carl Lawson and Carlos Dunlap.This not only will greatly affect the passing game, but with Marlon Mack out today as well, rookies Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines are going to be expected to control the ground attack. This may be the most telling matchup on either side of the argument. The Colts were in for a real battle to begin with. Now, they’re outmanned and may be starting two rookies (Braden Smith at RT?) who will be tasked with protecting the franchise in his first game back since January of 2017.

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