Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts AFC Wild Card Playoff Prediction
Andrew Luck and the Colts are masters of their domain
Looking somewhat fallible down the stretch, QB Andrew Luck and the Colts did more than enough during the NFL regular season to lock up the weak AFC South title. Winning their division earned Indianapolis home field advantage for this tilt and that’s a huge factor here. Dating back to the 2012 NFL season, Luck & Crew are a sparkling 19-5 at Lucas Oil Stadium including a 6-2 record this year. Indianapolis played a dog filled schedule down the stretch as they faced non-playoff teams in six of their last nine games. Although they won all six against the pups, they lost their three contests against postseason bound teams, in blowout fashion, by a combined 125-51 margin.
Revenge is best served with a Bengals Wild Card playoff victory on the road
Strange is the best way to describe the Bengals 2014 NFL season. Cincinnati (10-5-1) played in the only tie game, a 37-37 contest vs Carolina, they got crushed 24-3 at home by Cleveland in Week 10 and, in their worst game of the season, the Bengals were shutout 27-0 by the Colts on the road during Week 7 action. While revenge will be a motivating factor, advancing in the playoffs with a win at Lucas Oil Stadium has to be the Cats focus today. Despite having a newly found two-headed rushing attack, with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard touting the rock, the Bengals have a major hole to fill as All-Pro WR A.J. Green will sit out this contest due to concussion issues.
Bengals vs Colts Prediction: Heading into battle without your top offensive weapon is a recipe for disaster. Just ask Pittsburgh who, without star RB Le’Veon Bell, were bashed 30-17 by Baltimore yesterday. The importance of A.J. Green to the Bengals offense can’t be understated as he draws a ton of attention from the opposing defense. Cinci will aim to control the time of possession with a solid ground game but, if/when this turns into a track meet, the Bengals will get beat. Cruise with the Colts and a 500 unit wager on the money line price posted at the Bet365 sportsbook.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts – Bet365 AFC Wild Card Betting Lines
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