Marvin Lewis expects his defense to play aggressively.

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Marvin Lewis expects his defense to play aggressively.

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It also comes with a danger — as the Cincinnati Bengals found out Sunday.They overcame the first-quarter ejection of safety Shawn Williams and three more personal foul calls during the season opener to hold on for a 34-23 victory after Williams' replacement jarred the ball loose and returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds left at Indianapolis"There's a lot of stuff we can do better. Too many penalties in critical situations ," Lewis said. "We did a nice job with that all summer and now, today, it cropped in there, so it really could have hurt us."Williams was tossed in the first quarter after helmet-to-helmet contact with Colts QB Andrew Luck — becoming the first player to be ejected this season.The NFL has sent a clear message to players everywhere that it intends to eliminate dangerous hits.And for a while, it looked as if the Bengals would pay a steep price with eight penalties, three of which led to first downs.Somehow, they managed to regain their composure, avoided any defensive penalties in the fourth quarter and overcome the loss of Williams to snap an eight-game losing streak at Indy.Oddly enough, Clayton Fejedelem, Williams' replacement, wound up saving the game after Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle appeared to convert a third-and-15 into a first down by contorting his body around the Bengals 15-yard line.Instead, Fejedelem, the second defender on the play, delivered a textbook lesson by knocking the ball out, quickly scooping it up and sprinting down the sideline for the clinching score."You don't get time to hiccup or flinch," Lewis said. "You've just got to keep playing."The Colts learned that lesson the hard way, too.After taking a 23-10 lead midway through the third quarter Indianapolis Colts T-Shirt , it appeared the Colts might finally end the second-half troubles from last season. This time, they unraveled again.A.J. Green split Indy's two deep safeties — Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker — for a 38-yard TD catch and after Adam Vinatieri's rare miss on a 55-yard field goal, the Bengals capitalized by driving for Joe Mixon's leaping 1-yard score to take the lead. Indy was called for three defensive penalties on the second series, including an inexplicable pass interference call on Geathers on third-and-15."I thought we played good, just penalties in the end killed us," Colts defensive end Margus Hunt said after recording two sacks against his former team. "We just need to keep playing football."SECOND CHANCEDoyle has been one of the Colts' most reliable players over the past few seasons.So the fumble was out of character and teammates quickly came to his defense, starting with Luck."Jack cares about this game as much as any guy I've ever played around," he said. "He's an incredible person, an incredible teammates and he's a great friend. So you give him a big hug. He's going to be all right. He's going to be fine."NEW OFFENSESThe Bengals and Colts have new offensive coordinators and revamped offensive lines, and both showed promise after slow starts.Andy Dalton and Luck were each picked off on their first passes of the afternoon before settling down and delivering more typical performances.Luck was 39 of 53 with 319 yards and two touchdowns in his first regular season start since having shoulder surgery in January 2017. Dalton was 21 of 28 with 243 yards and two scores.Each was sacked twice.GIVING IT AWAYThe Colts lost seven halftime leads in 2017, falling one game short of matching the NFL record.And a coaching change didn't help Indy find its finishing touch Sunday. The Colts gave up 24 points over the final 20 minutes, allowing the Bengals to spoil Luck's long-awaited return.TOUGH GRINDWhile the passing games appeared to be in sync, the ground games left more to be desired.Mixon carried 17 times for 95 yards , but the Bengals only had three other rushing attempts and wound up with 101 yards.Indy, meanwhile, relied heavily on rookies Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines in their pro debuts. Wilkins carried 14 times for 49 yards, while Hines had five attempts for 19 yards and caught seven passes for 33 yards.Both teams need to be more effective on the ground this season. For most of the season Indianapolis Colts Hats , it's been a solo act for Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears' defense.After quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's breakthrough game Sunday, the Bears' defense and offense seem to be in sync.The defense made three interceptions and Mack continued pressuring the quarterback, while Trubisky threw for a career-high six touchdown passes in the Bears' 48-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."He came up and showed why he's the guy," Mack said about Trubisky, who completed 19 of 26 passes for 354 yards.It was supposed to be a matchup between the league's top-ranked Bucs offense and the Bears' best pass-rushing defense. Trubisky changed it.In improving to 3-1 for the first time since 2013, the Bears turned it into a rout by scoring touchdowns on four straight first-half possessions. All came on passes by Trubisky.Trubisky finished one TD pass short of the franchise mark set by Sid Luckman against the New York Giants in 1943. It's also an NFL mark Luckman shares with seven others. The Bears racked up 483 yards in this one, nearly matching their record of 488 in that same game."It's very humbling because you know the history of the Bears and how many great players have come through this organization," Trubisky said. "For me, you're just trying to create your own legacy and try to make a path."Trubisky found five different receivers for TDs in the first half and the Bears led 38-3."Our defense continues to play lights out," Trubisky said. "It's awesome to take some pressure off them and put some points on the board."Mack made a strip-sack on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first half. That gave him a sack and forced fumble in four straight games, the first time it's been done since Robert Mathis for the Indianapolis Colts in 2005.Down big at the half, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter pulled Fitzpatrick and inserted Jameis Winston for his first action since a three-game suspension for a league conduct violation.Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan had one of Chicago's three interceptions on a Winston pass that was deflected by Mack, and the defense made four more sacks after leading the league through three weeks with 14."It feels good," Trevathan said. "It feels like we're a complete team."Here are some things to consider from Chicago's win over Tampa Bay:PICK-8: The Bears' three interceptions — one each by Trevathan, Aaron Lynch and Eddie Jackson — brought the team's season total to eight.They had eight in each of the last three full seasons, matching a franchise single-season low. So pass rush pressure is obviously having an effect."To see the guys in the back end making plays, that's what you want to see Indianapolis Colts Hoodie ," Mack said. "And being in a position to affect the quarterback to make them make those throws. It's a good feeling, especially going into the bye."DUSTING OFF: Winston shook off the rust when he came on for Fitzpatrick. Winston was 16 of 20 for 145 yards but had two picks along with one TD pass. Koetter stopped just short of saying who would start when the Bucs play again Oct. 14 at Atlanta, after their bye week."Probably," Koetter answered when asked if Winston would start. "But we'll worry about that on another day."PORES GALOREThe porous Bucs secondary has been hit hard by injuries, and it showed.Second-year safety Isaiah Johnson made his first career start, after Chris Conte went on IR and Jordan Whitehead suffered a shoulder injury. Cornerback Carlton Davis aggravated a groin strain during the game."I mean, we couldn't play zone. We couldn't play man," Koetter said.TOSSEDBears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks will be subjected to a fine and possible suspension after being ejected for pushing an official late in the first half.The incident occurred after Jackson intercepted a pass by Fitzpatrick. Hicks was involved in a scuffle away from the play with a Buccaneers player. Down judge Mike Carr had separated them when Hicks charged back and pushed the official, referee Jerome Boger told a pool reporter."It was just a deliberate act, when he knew the official was there in-between," Boger said.Hicks, who has three sacks this season, remained on the sideline for a few plays before leaving the field. He then threw his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands.SWEET SUCCESSThe Bear lined backup quarterback Chase Daniel up in the backfield twice alongside Trubisky in a trick formation. On one play, Trubisky threw a shovel pass to Taylor Gabriel for a 3-yard TD pass.Nagy said they gave the play a sweet name when practicing it during the week."Willy Wonka," he said.

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