The 2018 online NFL betting season is around the corner. To help pass the time, we’re taking a sports betting look at the last games of this year’s preseason. One contest worth mulching over is this Thursday’s Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals matchup. Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons and will be looking to kick off 2018 on a high note. What kind of turnout are NFL sportsbooks predicting for this NFL preseason contest?
Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Thursday, August 30th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL Game Pass
MLB Betting Online Odds:
|Colts||+2½ (-105)||34 (-105)||–|
|Bengals||-2½ (-115)||34 (-115)||–|
It's final audition time.
The 90-man roster gets cut down to 53 this weekend: https://t.co/eTshMi2FKO pic.twitter.com/vBGbZzjwIB
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 28, 2018
The Colts had a rough go in 2017. After losing Andrew Luck to a nasty injury before the season began, Indianapolis knew they had a long road ahead of them. What they didn’t know is that that road would terminate in a meager 4-12 record. Naturally, the Colts found themselves near the bottom of the AFC South. Moving forward, Indy is hopeful that Luck’s return will bring this team back to playoff form. While there’s no questioning Luck’s past accomplishments, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be able to come off an injury and lead this team to the postseason. Especially since the Colts’ defense is far from dominant.
Players to Watch: Andrew Luck (Injured in 2017), Marlon Mack (358 rushing yards, 3 TD, 1 F), and Ty Hilton (966 receiving yards, 4 TD, 57 REC).
The Bengals delivered another disappointing season last year, forcing us to wonder when Marvin Lewis will finally be fired. Lewis has held this position for entirely too long now and all it’s really doing is torturing the Bengals’ fan base. Sure this man has led Cincy to some modest success in the past, including a handful of playoff appearances. But the fact that he hasn’t won a single postseason matchup in his tenure with Cincinnati is the final nail in the coffin. Nevertheless, the organization is keeping Lewis for yet another season. All in all the Bengals have enough talent on both sides of the ball to be a threat in the AFC North. But on the off chance that they make the playoffs, there isn’t a single NFL team that will be taking Lewis seriously in the postseason. For all the right reasons I might add.
Players to Watch: Andy Dalton (3,320 passing yards, 25 TD, 12 INT), Joe Mixon (626 rushing yards, 4 TD, 1 F), and AJ Green (1,078 receiving yards, 8 TD, 75 REC).
Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Predictions
- Indianapolis has posted a 3-7 SU record in their last 10 games against Cincinnati
- Indianapolis has posted a 4-6 ATS record in their last 10 games against Cincinnati
- The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Indianapolis last 10 games against Cincinnati
- Cincinnati has posted a 5-0 SU record in their last 5 games
- Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 3 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games
Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Picks
So which way should mobile betting players lean in this Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals matchup? All things considered, it’s probably better to stick with the Bengals here. They’ll be playing at home and have enough talent to topple Indianapolis. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 28-14 Cincinnati.