Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts - 8/29/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Paul Brown Stadium )
Cincinnati Bengals -1.5
The Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals will match up to finish off their NFL preseasons with a game Thursday.
The Colts are coming off a 2018 in which they went 10-6 in the regular season and finished second in the AFC South. That was good enough for a Wild Card berth, and Indy took out the Texans 21-7 in that round before falling to the Chiefs 31-13 in the Divisional Playoffs.
So far this preseason, the Colts are 0-3. Indianapolis fell 24-16 to the Bills in the opener, then dropped 21-18 to the Browns in Week 2 before a 27-17 defeat at the hands of the Bears this past week.
Over on the Bengals’ side, they’re rebuilding things following a disappointing 6-10 campaign in 2018. Cincinnati finished in the basement of the AFC North last year, and that marked the end of longtime coach Marvin Lewis’ tenure.
In the preseason so far, the Bengals have gone 1-2. Cincinnati fell to the Chiefs 38-17 before taking a 23-13 win over the Redskins in Week 2. This past week, the Bengals lost a close one to the Giants 25-23 at home.
The Colts are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games on turf. The under is 6-1 in Indy’s last seven versus the AFC and 4-1 in their last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last four overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the AFC. Cincinnati is 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven on turf.
Indianapolis—and the entire football world—is still reeling from Andrew Luck’s retirement announcement this past weekend and they’ll have some scrambling to do as they retool for the 2018 campaign.
As for the Bengals, they’ll be experimenting with some new faces but should be okay in several key positions heading into the 2019 regular season.
All things considered however, with a Week 4 preseason game we’re looking primarily at depth, and the Bengals probably have the advantage there as the Colts try to fill Luck’s shoes. I’m going Cincinnati.