The Cincinnati Bengals host the Indianapolis Colts this weekend in an all-AFC showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, October 29th at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers currently have the Bengals listed as 10 point home favorites. Early betting has yet to influence the line, as Cincinnati opened at -10. The over/under for the game is 41.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 8 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Colts vs Bengals Vegas Game Odds & Betting Predictions
Indianapolis fell to 2-5 after getting shut out by Jacksonville last weekend at home. If that wasn’t bad enough news for Colts fans, Indy also lost three starters to injury that will likely be out for this game as well. Starting QB Andrew Luck is out again this week, which doesn’t bode all that well for a struggling Colts offense. Indianapolis has been outscored by a 128-49 margin away from Lucas Oil Stadium. To make matters worse, they have only scored more than 20 points on the road once this season. Jacoby Brissett has had a couple great games at home, but its tough to take that much confidence away from those performances considering they were against the 49ers and hapless Cleveland Browns. Frank Gore has certainly looked his age all year while T.Y. Hilton has struggled without Luck at quarterback. Things are somehow even worse on the other side of the ball, as Indianapolis ranks dead last in almost every defensive category. The Colts are allowing a league-worst 31.7 points on an average of 425.4 total yards per game.
The Bengals lost a critical divisional game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. Cincinnati looked like they were turning things around, winning two games in a row after starting the season 0-3. However, they couldn’t get anything going in the second half in a game that they really need to win. The Steelers did a great job of shutting down the Bengals offense for much of the afternoon, as QB Andy Dalton passed for just 140 yards and threw two costly interceptions. RB Joe Mixon was even more ineffective, gaining 48 yards on 7 carries. Defensively, Cincinnati has looked fairly strong – especially at home. The Bengals rank in the top 10 in most defensive categories, allowing an average of just 18.7 points on 289.0 total yards per game.
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Cincinnati -10
I could have easily written up a couple different plays on this game, as I think the over on 41.5 total points offers a lot of value as well. However, I am a little bit worried about this Colts offense on the road against an extremely skilled defense. They were absolutely dreadful against Jacksonville last weekend and I definitely don’t expect a rebound performance this week. I do think that Dalton and Co. should do a lot of damage against a Colts defense that has looked dreadful all year. It certainly doesn’t help that Indianapolis also lost three defensive starters last Sunday.
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The Colts are a brutal 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and 1-4 ATS over their past five games against AFC opponents. Cincinnati, on the other hand, is a very solid 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against teams with a losing record. They are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Things definitely seem to be aligning for the Bengals this week to rebound after a tough divisional loss.
I think this is the week that Cincinnati is finally able to get their rushing game going. The Colts have been allowing an average of almost 125 yards per game on the ground, which sets up perfectly for a struggling Bengals backfield. Mixon and Jeremy Hill have both averaged just 3.2 YPC and have scored just one touchdown combined all season. They should have a chance to run the clock down in the second half, as I’m fully expecting Cincinnati to jump out to an early lead. Indianapolis is currently allowing a ridiculous average of 300.7 yards through the air per game. The Colts offense will also likely struggle all afternoon, especially if they continue to struggle protecting Jacoby Brissett. Indianapolis allowed double-digit sacks last weekend against Jacksonville and I expect that trend to continue. Ultimately, this looks like a game where Cincinnati is able to dominant on both sides of the ball. I think the Bengals should win this one by 10+.