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Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction & Preview



#265 Cincinnati
Bengals 7
#266 Indianapolis
Colts -7

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:00pm

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The Cincinnati Bengals look to bounce back from a loss when visiting the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Bengals are 1-3-1 after losing 27-3 on Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals offense could not find its way against the tough Baltimore defense gaining just 205 yards of total offense. Cincinnati also lost its top offseason acquisition, defensive tackle DJ Reader, who injured his quad and will miss the remainder of the season.

Indianapolis is 3-2 on the season following a disappointing 32-23 loss on the road to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. The Colts are in second place in the AFC South 1½ games behind the first-place Tennessee Titans. Nine of the points that Cleveland scored against Indianapolis on Sunday came off Philip Rivers’ turnovers. Rivers threw a pick-six and also threw away a pass in the end zone that was called intentional grounding, and the Colts were charged with a safety. Those two plays were instrumental in the Colts losing by nine.

(Injury reports and line movements are updated as of Saturday afternoon.)

Line Movements:

There has been little movement all week in regards to the line in this contest. This game opened with the Colts as an eight-point favorite in the contest. As the week has worn on, it has remained at Indianapolis -7.5 or -8, depending on the sportsbook. 57 percent of the bets against the spread are backing the Bengals with the points in this contest.

The over/under has remained flat in this contest as well. After opening at 46, the total has stayed there all week long for this one. A solid majority, 70 percent, of the wagers on the total in this contest are of the mindset that this one ends up over the total.

Game-time Weather: Lucas Oil Stadium is a retractable-roof stadium.


Joe Burrow Needs Better Pass Protection

In Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked seven times, and this season the rookie has been sacked 22 times, which leads the NFL. That has hurt the offense for theBengalsas they are averaging just 229.8 yards per game passing, which is 22nd in the NFL, and 102.6 yards rushing per game, which is 23rd. On the season, Joe Burrow has passed for 1304 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions and has a rating of 86.3. Running back Joe Mixon has a team-high 374 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Tyler Boyd has caught 32 passes for 362 yards and one touchdown.


Defensively, Cincinnati's safety Jessie Bates III has a team-high 39 tackles, including 22 solo and 17 assisted. Close behind is safety Vonn Bell with 36 tackles, including 17 solo and 19 assisted. Defensive end Carl Lawson is leading the Bengals in sacks with 3.5, and as a team, Cincinnati has nine sacks through five games. The Bengals are allowing 25.2 points per game, which is 16th in the NFL. Cincinnati is 23rd in overall defense, allowing 159.0 yards per game on the ground and 228.6 yards per game through the air for a total of 387.6 yards per game.

Injury Report:

OUT: DT Mike Daniels, DE Sam Hubbard, T Isaiah Prince, DT D.J. Reader, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, DT Josh Tupou, TE C.J. Uzomah, CB Trae Waynes, DT Renell Wren

Doubtful:WR Auden Tate

Questionable: CB Mackensie Alexander, RB Giovani Bernard, CB Darius Phillips, WR John Ross III, T Jonah Williams

Indianapolis defense continues to carry the team

TheIndianapolis Coltsare allowing just 17.6 points per game on defense, which is the second-best in the NFL. Overall, the Colts defense is No. 2 in the NFL, allowing an average of just 266.0 yards per game, including 86.4 yards per game on the ground and 179.6 yards per game through the air. The leading tackler for Indianapolis is linebacker Anthony Walker who has 25 solo tackles and seven assisted. Linebacker Darius Leonard had a slow start to the season, missing one game, but is second and tackles with 27. However, Leonard is doubtful for this one due to a groin injury.


If the offense could play as well as the defense for Indianapolis, the Colts would be undefeated and in first place in the AFC South. However, Indianapolis is averaging just 105.8 yards rushing per game, which is 20th in the NFL, and 244.0 yards per game passing, which is 18th. The Colts are scoring an average of 25.2 points per game, which is 17th. Offseason free-agent signing Philip Rivers has passed for 1227 yards and four touchdowns, but the veteran signal-caller has also tossed five interceptions, including a pick-six last week. Jonathan Taylor is leading the Colts in rushing with 307 yards and has scored three touchdowns on the ground. T.Y. Hilton has caught 19 passes for 231 yards but has yet to reach the end zone.

Injury Report:

OUT: LB Matthew Adams, TE Mo-Alie Cox, WR Parris Campbell, T Chaz Green, S Malik Hooker, RB Marlon Mack, S Rolan Milligan, LB Skai Moore, WR Dezmon Patton, WR Michael Pittman Jr., CB Marvell Tell III, DE Kemoko Turay

Doubtful: LB Darius Leonard

Questionable: DT Denico Autry, DT Sheldon Day, DE Justin Houston, RB Jordan Wilkins

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