Indianapolis Colts (2-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -10.5 -- Over/Under: 41 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals look for a pick me up at home as they welcome the Indianapolis Colts to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Colts head into Cincy on Sunday looking to pull off a massive upset as a double digit underdog but they will have their work cut out for them against a Bengals team that has struggled with inconsistency this season and can sense their playoff hopes slipping away if they can’t generate a victory in this spot. Indy has battled a slew of injuries this season and with each passing week it is becoming evident they will be without Andrew Luck for the duration of the year, and as such the rest of the skill position players have struggled to get rolling, despite a decent showing from former Patriots pivot Jacoby Brissett. Indy is 1-5 ATS in their last six games against the AFC but they have been able to stay close against teams with a losing record so it is a little head scratching to see this line as it continues to move north of the 10-point mark as we get closer to kickoff.
The Bengals meanwhile struggled out of the gate but have since seen a nice turnaround after switching offensive coordinators and Andy Dalton is finally looking like a starting quarterback again as a result. CIncy needs to take advantage of this opportunity as they are at home against an inferior opponent and after a divisional loss last weekend against the Steelers they know their playoff chances would take a serious blow if they fall in this spot so expect Marvin Lewis to have his guys ready and AJ Green to take over. The Bengals have laid waste to the league’s doormats over the last few seasons as they are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 against a team with a losing record and while this line is quite high they are more than capable of getting it done if they play the way they are capable of.
The Colts are 1-4 in their last five games in October and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the AFC while the Bengals are 4-1 in their last five games in week eight and 5-2 ATS in their last seven following a loss. This line doesn’t make any sense to me as the Colts aren’t as bad as people think with Brissett behind center and while Cincy is more than capable of covering here they haven’t justified it with their play this season so I am siding with the road team to keep this one within reason.