In their final preseason game of the 2015 season the Colts will face the Bengals. The NFL preseason week 4 odds makers have set the game as a PICK. The game kicks off this Thursday at 7:00 PM ET, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts Betting Free Pick Analysis & Final Score Prediction
Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
Game Total: 39
Radio: Cincinnati vs Indianapolis
Should You Bet On Cincinnati To Beat The Colts?
The Bengals put it all together in their Week 3 NFL Pre-season win over the Chicago Bears. The Bengals showed why they are one of the favorites to win the NFC North and possibly the Super Bowl this season.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 31, 2015
Chicago played their starters for most of the game. The Bengals were cohesive on both offense and defense. On defense, Cincinnati held Bears’ QB Jay Cutler to a 13 out of 17 performance. Cutler threw for only 98 yards. The secondary was so good with coverage down field that Cutler had to continually dump down. Cutler’s average per pass ended up being 5.8. Jimmy Clausen, Cutler’s back-up was even worse. His average per pass ended up at 4.9. The Bears’ running backs averaged 3.7 yards per carry.
On offense, Cincinnati was fantastic against Chicago. QB Andy Dalton went 6 out of 6 for 52 yards and a fantastic 8.7 average. Rookie back-up A.J. McCarron was also very impressive. He completed 12 out of 17 passes for 149 yards. McCarron’s per pass average was 8.8. He threw a touchdown and didn’t throw a pick.
The running backs excelled. 3 RBs rushed for over a 4.0 average against Chicago’s D. Both Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Terrell Watson averaged 4.6. If Cincinnati is cohesive on both offense and defense versus Indianapolis, the Bengals should cover the spread.
Should You Bet On Indianapolis To Beat The Bengals?
There is no way that coach Chuck Pagano plays his starters on offense in this game. He’s likely to sit his starters on defense as well. The Colts have a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl this season. Pagano is one of the better coaches in the NFL. He doesn’t often take stupid chances to prove a point.
QB Andrew Luck is definitely sitting this one out. Luck was very good versus St. Louis. That’s the only practice he needs in order to be sharp for Week 1 of the NFL Regular Season. Back-up Matt Hasslebeck is likely to play most of this game under center. Hasslebeck threw for only 62 yards against the Rams in Indy’s Week 3 NFL Pre-season game. His per pass average was a paltry 4.4. Both WR T.Y. Hilton, who has to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol this week, and WR Andre Johnson, due to so many miles on the wheels, are likely to sit this game out.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 27, 2015
RB Frank Gore won’t play all that much in this matchup either. So, Hasselbeck will have to throw to back-up wide receivers and hand off to back-up running backs. It doesn’t look good for Indianapolis covering the spread in this game.
My final score prediction is Cincinnati beating Indianapolis 24-13. Happy hunting!
How To Watch Bengals Vs Colts NFL Preseason Week 4 match-up:
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WKRC (CBS/12 – Cincinnati)
WKEF (ABC/22 – Dayton)
WSYX (ABC/6 – Columbus)
WDRB (FOX/41 – Louisville)
WDKY (FOX/56 – Lexington)
WLIO (FOX/8.2 – Lima OH)
|7:00 ET|| Don Fischer, Rick Venturi
WXIN (FOX/59 – Indianapolis)
WMYO (My/58 – Louisville)
WFFT (FOX/55 – Fort Wayne IN)
WBND (ABC/57 – South Bend IN)
WTWO (NBC/2 – Terre Haute IN)
WTVW (CW/7 – Evansville IN)
WCIX (My/49 – Champaign IL)