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Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals - 8/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1) at Indianapolis Colts (8-8)
Date & Time Thursday August 31, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -2 -- Over/Under: 36.5
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NFL | Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1) at Indianapolis Colts (8-8)

The Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts meet Thursday in week 4 of the NFL preseason at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bengals are 1-2 in preseason play and their starters will be getting ready for the Baltimore Ravens week 1. The Bengals aren’t trying to force the issue here considering Tyler Eifert and Jeremy Hill are dealing with injuries, and this is a team that’s already without defensive players Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones. Of course, this game will be controlled by AJ McCarron and Jeff Driskel, a duo that’s combined for one touchdown pass and two interceptions. You’d like to see McCarron take control of this game the way he’s shown in the past. Defensively, the Bengals have allowed 53 points in their last two games, so that’s an area you’d like to see cleaned up by the backups. The Cincinnati Bengals are 2-5 in their last seven preseason games.

The Indianapolis Colts are 1-2 in preseason play and their starters will be getting ready for the Los Angeles Rams week 1. The Colts are in a weird situation considering nobody knows when Andrew Luck will be ready, which forces the coaching staff to make a decision on how much backup Scott Tolzien will see the field. The seven-year veteran has to be ready to be the starter given the news we’re getting out of Indianapolis that there’s no timetable for Luck’s return. He’s thrown 39 passes and has yet to produce a touchdown this preseason. Defensively, the Colts are coming off a game in which they allowed just 15 points and had six tackles for loss. The Indianapolis Colts have lost seven of their last 11 preseason games.

The Bengals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Colts are 12-2-1 ATS in their last 15 Thursday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC. The Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Indianapolis, the home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

I've said in the past that the Colts aren't a good football team, and I like them even less when Luck isn't on the field. The Bengals have had their struggles this preseason as well, but they do have some impress play at quarterback in backup McCarron, who should see the bulk of the reps in this contest. We're getting the better team and free points, and that's something I don't pass on often. I'll take my two points here.

Cincinnati Bengals +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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