The Colts play host to the Bengals during week 10 of the NFL season. The Colts once again are in charge of their own destiny in the AFC South and the Bengals have fallen way behind in the AFC North and if they lose this game their year is pretty much done. Peyton Manning and the Colts have been decimated by injuries this year along with bad play defensively, but it seems as long as they have Manning at QB they always have a chance to contend. The Bengals on the other hand coming off of a year in which they won the division figured to contend this year especially with the addition of Terrell Owens. The Bengals have to find away to rise from the bottom of their division. Game will start at 1:00 PM EST.
The Bengals are very stacked on Offense and just haven’t been able to find away to move the ball early in football games for some reason. They have a serious problem and despite returning almost the same starters from last season, they seem to be struggling to establish an identity. Going into a game against the Colts they have to run the ball effectively to offset the pass rush of Freeney and Mathis. The Bengals are sure to also expose the pass coverage of the Colts by going at those young and relatively inexperienced defensive backs that the Colts are currently using. Defensively the Bengals are going to have to find a way to get a pass rush on Manning because if Manning has time he can torch any defense and the Bengals pass defense has regressed since last year. The Colts don’t have much of a running game so they should be fine there, but the best game plan for Manning is to keep him off the field and I’m certain the Bengals will try and do that.
The Colts are Peyton Manning’s team and will go as far as he will take them. Let’s face the facts Peyton is an MVP candidate again, despite several injuries to their offense, the Colts are Manning’s team and will go as far as he can take them. I think that Peyton will try to score quickly against the Bengals especially since I’m sure he understands this game is going to be a shootout and is going to want as many opportunities with the ball as he can possibly get. The Colts will try to establish a run game early to soften up pass coverage later like what they did with the Giants early in the season, but I don’t think it will work as effectively. Despite all the injuries for the Colts if anybody is equipped to win a shootout with a less than stellar supporting cast around him make no doubt its Peyton. Don’t count on many defensive stops in this game.
Bengals vs Colts Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Cincinnati Bengals +7.5
@Indianapolis Colts -7.5
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Bengals vs Colts Prediction for Week Ten Betting:
Spread Prediction (Top Play): The Colts are 1 of 1 the past three seasons against the Bengals, but that has a chance to change this weekend because of the injuries the Colts have endured thus far. If the Bengals needed a team to win a game against they really lucked out because this is probably the worse the Colts have looked in awhile. I think that there will be a lot of ways for the Bengals to expose a very weak Colts defense and the Bengals will have chances to win this game and when they do throw it I fully expect Carson to look for Owens especially in light of the year he is having. There is always room to run on the Colts so look for the Bengals to do that also.
Prediction: Bengals +7.5
Game Total Prediction: Over the past 3 seasons the Under is 1 of 1 and the point total is a rather high one, but these are two of the more explosive offenses in the league. I do believe that both teams will make an effort to establish some sort of running game and keep the ball on the ground, but will eventually figure out they must throw the ball in order to win. I am expecting a shootout and like what both teams bring to the table and there are matchup problems on each side. I think that Carson Palmer will have a big day and predict that he may even outduel Manning at home. I can see both teams playing well early and then a defensive showing late.
Prediction: Under 47