Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Free Pick - 8/29/13
Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-1)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -3.5 -- Over/Under: 38 See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Cincinnati Bengals host the Indianapolis Colts in the final game of the preseason.
After getting hammered by Baltimore in the preseason opener, Indianapolis has looked pretty good through consecutive victories after dominating Cleveland 27-6. The Colts upped their record to 2-1 behind solid performances on both sides of the ball, with Andrew Luck (16-25/164) looking ready for the regular season, connecting on scoring tosses of nine and 15 yards with an interception. Matt Hasselback (5-9/59) cleaned up, as the offense rolled up 364 yards, while the first team defense shut down the Browns. Cleveland managed only 270 yards and were kept out of the end zone, with Larry Asante recording a pick six with less than five minutes remaining to seal the deal for the Colts.
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The Bengals fell to the Cowboys 24-18 in week three action, with the starters on offense unable to mount much in the way of scoring. Andy Dalton did look good, completing 12-16 for 113 yards, but his interception ruined an otherwise solid day. Josh Johnson (6-13/35) struggled with a touchdown and pick and failed to connect with his receivers on several throws. Overall, the offense totaled a mere 235 yards with a pair of 18 yard runs and one of 14 yards accouting for 50 of their 89 rushing yards. The bright spot was Brandon Tate's 75 yard punt return that opened the scoring and gave the Bengals a brief 7-0 lead. The defensive side of the football gave up 356 yards and kept Dallas out of the end zone on two of three visits inside the 20, but didn't force any turnovers, which were badly needed.
My first glance at this one and I was looking at the Bengals, who I think will win their division. Of course, preseason and regular season are two different animals and I'm simply tempted to just grab the points and hope for the best...