Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts: Early Week 1 Betting Preview
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The 2018 online football betting season is still several months away. But to help the time pass, we’re taking an early look at some of Week 1’s matchups. Today we take a look at the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts pairing that should prove rather difficult to predict. Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons and it will be tough to peg one as a favorite over the other. What do the NFL parlay odds have to say about it?
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, September 9th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online Football Betting Odds:
The Bengals are the biggest back and forth team in the NFL. One season they’ll get beaten by everybody, the next they’re qualifying for the postseason. And since the Bengals are coming off a 7-9 season, they could very well end up making this year’s playoffs. With some few additions, and most of last year’s stars returning, we can expect a same-look Bengals. Marvin Lewis has been the coach of Cincinnati for god knows how long and seems to have tremendous job security despite not winning any playoff games. It is somewhat surprising to see the Bengals pegged as the underdog in this matchup since the Colts are coming off an extremely disappointing season.
Players to Watch: Andy Dalton (3320 passing yards, 25 TD, 12 INT), Joe Mixon (626 rushing yards, 4 TD, 1 F), and AJ Green (1078 receiving yards, 8 TD, 75 REC).
The Colts turned in a humbling 4-12 record that saw Chuck Pagano get the boot. In his place, the Colts have now brought in Frank Reich as the new head coach of the franchise. Reich will be looking to take a banged up Andrew Luck and lead him to his former glory. Luck has received praise from the biggest names in the NFL in the past and there’s no questioning his talents. However, coming off a pretty big injury, there’s no guarantee that Luck will return to his previous form.
Players to Watch: Jacoby Brissett (3098 passing yards, 13 TD, 7 INT), Frank Gore (961 rushing yards, 3 TD, 3 F), and TY Hilton (966 receiving yards, 4 TD, 57 REC).
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Predictions
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Picks
So which side should online sportsbook players favor in this Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Week 1 matchup? All in all it’s probably better to stick with Cincy. The Colts are coming in with a new coach and will be vying to bring Luck back to speed. It stands to reason that they’ll need a few games to do so. Sign up today to make this early NFL betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 14-10 Cincinnati. A low-scoring game that sees Cincinnati pick up their 1st win of the season. The Bengals will cover the spread and the TOTAL will be UNDER.