Predictions: Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals NFL Picks 10/18/20
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Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1) at Indianapolis Colts (3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -8 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts meet Sunday in week 6 NFL action at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bengals could use a feel good win here to rebound from a rough 1-3-1 start to the NFL season. The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won a road game since September of 2018. Joe Burrow is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,304 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Burrow enters this game with 207 career pass attempts. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins have combined for 576 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Joe Mixon has 19 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 102.6 yards per contest, and Mixon leads the way with 374 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 25.2 points and 287.6 yards per game. Jessie Bates II leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 39 tackles, Carl Lawson has 3.5 sacks and Logan Wilson has two interceptions.
The Indianapolis Colts look for their third home victory to build on their 3-2 start to the NFL season. The Indianapolis Colts have won four of their last five home games. Philip Rivers is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 1,227 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. Rivers has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. TY Hilton and Mo Alie-Cox have combined for 425 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Zach Pascal has 12 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 105.8 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 307 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 17.6 points and 266 yards per game. Anthony Walker leads the Indianapolis Colts with 32 tackles, Justin Houston has 3.5 sacks and TJ Carrie has two interceptions.
The Bengals are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as a road underdog, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games in Week 6 and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in October. The Colts are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC. The under is 10-3-1 in Bengals last 14 road games. The under is 5-2 in Colts last 7 home games. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
The Cincinnati Bengals aren't winning games, but they've been competitive with only one of their three losses being decided by double-digit points. The Bengals have had some offensive success and Burrow has thrown for over 300 yards in three of his last four games. The Colts have some injuries on the defensive side of the ball and are coming off their worst performance of the season against the Cleveland Browns. Rivers has yet to throw for more than one touchdown this season and the Colts 3.5 yards per carry average is second worst in the NFL. This feels like a game the Bengals can hang around, and I'm not confident the Colts have the offensive firepower to blow teams out.
Give me the Bengals and the points.