"It's been awhile since we've been in a shootout. We had been running the ball, and I think Cincinnati came in and said, ‘Hey, we don't want to let Edgerrin James get established.' We were kind of thinking they might be thinking that. So we came out and threw it." -- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
"Looking at that offense from the sideline, it's unfair." -- Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson marveling over the Colts
"The Indianapolis Colts took the Cincinnati Bengals' best shot yesterday and answered with an offensive clinic for the ages." -- Ken Murray, Baltimore Sun
"I'm like, 'What are we calling?' He knows what we're in," -- Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal on Manning
"It's a matter of them choosing what they want to do and we'll counter it." -- Colts running back Edgerrin James
"I respect him after this game. He's worth every penny they pay him." -- Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman talking about Peyton Manning
"It looked just like our offense, just in orange and black." -- Colts defensive end Robert Mathis on the Bengals
"It just seemed that Peyton had an answer for everything. That's the most difficult game I've ever played in because they put a lot of pressure on a defense." -- Bengals defensive tackle John Thornton
"If there's a flaw in the Indianapolis system, it's that the organization is wasting a roster spot on a punter. What a gig Hunter Smith has. The guy had nothing to do until the fourth quarter." -- Lonnie Wheeler, Cincinnati Post
"I feel like we were kind of dictating the whole night." -- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
"It doesn't surprise us. We think we've got a good enough line to go and compete against anybody in the league." -- Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson on their success running the ball and protecting the quarterback against the Colts
"The Colts are whom the Bengals want to be when they grow up." -- Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Rather have the ‘W.' You know how I feel about losing." -- Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson in response to reaching the 5,000-yard receiving plateau
"Edgerrin James has been playing extraordinarily well these last three or four games . . . and I guess this team felt their (defensive backs) were good enough to cover our guys. When you do that, it just challenges us. And we accepted that challenge today."
- Colts offensive tackle Tarik Glenn
"They were just in one of those grooves that few people can get into. It was one of those things where you've got to try to slow them down and get them out of the groove, but we weren't able to do that." -- Bengals cornerback Keiwan Ratliff who got the Bengals' lone turnover of the day
"We don't know what happened yet, but we'll learn." -- Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney on how the Bengals scored 37 points against Indianapolis' defense.
"Who's going to stop the Colts? There's only one team out there with that capability: The Colts themselves." -- Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star
"You score 37 points in the NFL, and you lose? That's embarrassing." -- Bengals defensive tackle Bryan Robinson.
"I was out there running Stokley's plays." -- Colts tight end Dallas Clark
"Are they the newfangled, conservative offense that specializes in Edgerrin James runs and time of possession? Or are they gradually easing back into their 2004 mold, when Manning spent more time in the air than a rookie airline pilot? Do you prepare for the quickness of slot receiver Brandon Stokley over the middle, or the bruising of Clark? Answers to the above questions: sometimes; maybe, but not necessarily; and either one's a real headache." -- Reggie Hayes, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel