Cincinnati, OH – Taj Smith caught eight passes for 140 yards, ahead seven-yarder for a score from Dan Orlovsky with 1:08 13 win over Cincinnati in the preseason finale.
Kerry Collins, who could be the starter under center when the season begins, completed 5-of-10 passes for 45 yards. He played into the second quarter before yielding to Orlovsky, who ended 10-of-18 for 178 yards.
"He did some things pretty well out there," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said of Collins. "He had some situations where he couldn't get the ball out, a sack, fumble and we had a drop (pass) out there. Other than that, in terms of our operation, I think he did OK."
Indianapolis hopes to have four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning back in time for the season opener, September 11 at Houston. Manning didn't play in the preseason as he continues to recover from surgery to correct a disc- related issue in his neck.
Manning, who has never missed a game in his 13 seasons in the league, signed a five-year, $90 million contract in July.
Brian Leonard gained 57 yards on 11 carries in defeat.
After Orlovsky found Smith over the middle in the end zone, Dan LeFevour nearly led the Bengals to the game-winning score. However, Kevin Thomas came up with an interception at the 15 in the dying seconds.