Gambling sites for NFL are favoring Indianapolis over Cincinnati in Week 1. And the Colts should be so lucky. The once and future Indy starting QB Andrew Luck is expected to play in the Colts preseason opener. Thus, we can safely expect him, barring any unforeseen event, to also play in the regular season opener. Which is bad news for the Bengals. Starters usually don’t play in the preseason except for a few snaps in the third game. Moreover, it might seem counterintuitive to risk Luck to further injury in an exhibition game. Therefore, that means the Colts must be very confident that Luck is in tip-top shape. Additionally, they want him to get into the swing of things very early on. All things considered, we could be getting a very healthy, very sharp Andrew Luck. What a time to be alive.
You can bet on the Bengals, if you believe in change. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change in inevitable. Change, however, can be deceptive. The more things change, etc., etc. The Bengals have new offensive and defensive coordinators. They have had an influx of new, young players. Nonetheless, and as Paul Daugherty writes, “What [the Bengals] don’t have is a new vision. What they don’t have is an upgraded idea of what success looks like. What they don’t have is a roster significantly different from the roster that was 13-18-1 the past two years.”
Actually, the Bengals are so much quite starting out with two new coordinators, as they with two whole new playbooks. They are pretty much starting over from scratch. Back to square one, as they say in the parlance for our time. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity for the Bengals to carve out a new identity. One that knows how to be successful. All things considered, Cinci is a question mark. Like what was wrong with the Bengals passing game. OC Bill Lazor knows what that is, but he “won’t say.” Kind like the Bengals. Gambling sites for NFL know what to expect, so it goes without saying.
The Colts are also a question mark with two possible answers. Best case scenario is that Luck picks up where he left off in 2016. Then Indy surprising in AFC South would not be surprising at all. Worst case scenario, injuries have taken a toll and Luck isn’t the same other teams’ defenses know and fear. In that case, the Colts would need lots of luck. Not the quarterback but what Wikipedia defines as “the experience of notably positive, negative, or improbable events.” Either way, the Colts are starting a new Reich. Head coach Frank Reich, that is. Will this Reich last a thousand years? As Alfred P. Doolittle would say, “With a Little Bit of Luck, With a Little Bit of Luck.”
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Sportsbook Odds and Info
- Date: September 9, 2018
- Time: 1:00 pm (ET)
- Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
- Best online sportsbooks odds from BetAnySports Sportsbook:
- Cincinnati Bengals +3 (-110) 46½ (-110)
- Indianapolis Colts -3 (-110) 46½ (-110)
- The Bengals are 4-3 SU in their last seven games.
- The Bengals are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.
- The total has gone over in six of the Bengals’ last 11 games.
- The Colts are 1-6 SU in their last seven games.
- The Colts are 2-4 ATS in their last six games.
- The total has gone under in the Colts’ last eight games.
Betting Prediction: If Luck is healthy and in good passing form, the Colts should be able to put the Bengals away and cover the 2.5-point spread.