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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/8/13

Indianapolis Colts (8-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)

The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -5.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds


The Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts face off on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in a NFL matchup of first place teams.

The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-4 on the season and they are looking to be atop the AFC North in the near future with a few more wins. While the Bengals have been in the playoffs the past two seasons, they are still looking for a playoff win. Andy Dalton has completed 61.4 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has gained 614 yards on the ground and Giovani Bernard has 521 yards and 43 receptions. A.J. Green is one of the top receivers in football with 72 catches and seven touchdowns and Mohamed Sanu has 37 catches. Vontaze Burfict has 131 tackles to lead the Cincinnati defense, Rey Maualuga has 61 tackles, and Carlos Dunlap has seven sacks. The Bengals are averaging 24.3 points and 363.7 yards per game while defensively they have allowed 18 points and 314.8 yards. per game. The Bengals have won their last two games after losing their prior two.

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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/8/13

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The Indianapolis Colts are in first place in the AFC South and have a three game lead over the Tennessee Titans. The have won two of their last three, but this game could decide a first round bye. Andrew Luck has completed 58.1 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Trent Richardson has rushed for 306 yards and Donald Brown has rushed for 378 yards. T.Y. Hilton leads the Colts in receiving with 56 catches and five touchdowns and Coby Fleener has 44 receptions and four touchdowns. Jerrell Freeman has 97 tackles and 3.5 sacks, Antoine Bethea has 80 tackles, and Robert Mathis has 15.5 sacks. The Colts are averaging 23.8 points and defensively they are allowing 22.8 points and 367.2 yards per game. The Colts have swept the Titans this season so they are one win away from clinching the AFC South.

Cincinnati is 6-0 against the spread in their last six home games, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 19-9-1 against the spread following a win. Indianapolis is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games overall, 21-10-2 against the spread against a team wit a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two. 

This is a big number, almost like the books are trying to push us to the Colts, so instead we will turn and run the other way. 

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