The Cincinnati Bengals will look to snap out of the doldrums they’ve been in the last couple of weeks when they visit an Indianapolis Colts team that enters this matchup looking to extend its winning ways.
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) October 16, 2014
Thanks to the expert betting advice and accompanying NFL picks, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on this Week 7 pairing.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
When: Sun, Oct. 19
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Indianapolis -3
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Since opening the season with a pair of losses, Indianapolis (4-2 SU, 5-1 ATS) has been on fire in winning four straight, including their closer-than-expected 33-28 Week 6 win over AFC South rival Houston as a 2.5-point road favorite..
Indy will look for its first five-game winning streak since Peyton Manning was still under center back in 2009.
Gifted quarterback Andrew Luck has been playing out of his mind recently and leads the NFL with 1,987 passing yards and a whopping 17 touchdown passes, just six short of his career high. Luck torched the Texans for 370 passing yards and three touchdowns last weekend while hooking up with speedy wideout T.Y. Hilton nine times for a whopping 223 yards.
Hilton, who ranks fourth in receiving yards (604) and tied for fifth in receptions (40) has a dozen 100-yard receiving games in his career and recorded the second-highest receiving total in Colts franchise history.
"He’s playing at a high level," head coach Chuck Pagano told the Colts’ official website. "He’s always played at a high level. I think from his rookie season, midway through his rookie season until now, he’s been doing the same things.
"He’s a playmaker, he’s a game-wrecker."
Cincinnati (3-1-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) is struggling mightily right now, having lost to New England 43-17 in Week 5 and then tying Carolina 37-all as a 7-point home favorite on Sunday.
The Bengals kicked off the 2014 season by winning their first three games in pretty commanding fashion, but the wheels have come off lately. Cincinnati failed to beat the Panthers as veteran place kicker Mike Nugent rushed his 36-yard field goal try as overtime expired.
Head coach Marvin Lewis says he has moved on from the events surrounding the last two weeks.
"I can’t look behind. It does no good looking back," Lewis said. "There’s too much ahead to look back all the time, and there’s too much change in the future to look back. You’re wasting your time look backwards."
Cincinnati’s once-vaunted defense has been gashed and slashed the last few weeks as they’ve given up an average of 172.0 rushing yards in their last three games and 288.0 passing in the past two while forcing only one turnover and getting one sack.
"We really have to go back and just do our jobs on defense," Lewis said. "We’re trying to do too much, and guys need to relax and do their thing, and keep doing your job consistently play after play after play."
— Fantasy Football (@FantasyFootball) October 15, 2014
I know the Bengals blew a golden opportunity to put Carolina away on Sunday while Indianapolis has ripped off four straight wins, but Cincinnati’s last pair of performances is one of the big reasons I believe an upset could take place in this matchup.
The Bengals are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss and an identical 6-2 ATS in their L/8 games against a team with a winning record.
The Favorite in this series is 5-1 ATS in their last half-dozen meetings while the home team has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Still, I think Cincy’s ‘semi-desperate’ state of mind will lead them to the upset win.
The Colts have won six of their last seven home games, but the Bengals are kind of desperate right now and it really wouldn’t be that much of an ‘upset’ if they do win outright. Make no mistake about it, this Week 7 matchup has the chance to be the most entertaining game on the entire Week7 docket.
My Pick: Cincinnati Bengals +3 Points