Bengals-Colts Betting Preview: Sneaky Shootout Looming in Indy?

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Betting odds: Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

  • Spread: Colts -2.5
  • Over/Under: 48
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: CBS

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Betting market: The line had been 3 with varying juices for the entire month of August right up until Wednesday night, when it was finally moved off the key number, to Cincinnati +2.5.

With nearly 72% of bets and 83% of dollars as of writing (see live data here) on Cincinnati, it’s not hard to see why the books were forced to try and lower their exposure on the Bengals. Mark Gallant

Injury watch: The Bengals are relatively healthy outside of starting left tackle Cordy Glenn (shoulder), who should be considered questionable.

They’ll also be without linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the first four weeks of the season due to suspension.

The Colts’ offense isn’t as lucky, as running back Marlon Mack (hamstring) and left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) look like game-time decisions despite getting in limited practices this week.

Meanwhile, Indy’s defense could be without linebackers Anthony Walker (groin) and Darius Leonard (lower leg). Ian Hartitz

DFS edge: The Bengals were horrendous against tight ends last year, ranking 30th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric.

Andrew Luck’s low yards-per-attempt output in the preseason (6.4) should help TE Jack Doyle thrive underneath. — Joe Holka

Bet to watch: Over 48.

Can you name one Colts starter on defense? I bet 90% of you couldn’t. And I don’t blame you much, because it’s a bad unit.

The Bengals can exploit the Colts’ extremely young linebacking corps and bad secondary with all of their now-healthy weapons.

The Bengals also have a solid advantage on the defensive line, even though the Colts’ O-line should be improved.

Regardless, I expect a heavy dose of quick passes from Luck (which is when he’s at his best) and for the Colts to utilize the middle of the field.

Cincy will really miss Burfict when trying to cover the middle of the field. I don’t see either team getting too many stops. Stuckey

Editor’s note: The opinions on this game are from the individual writers and are based on their research, analysis and perspective. They are independent of, and may not always match with, the algorithm-driven Best Bets from Sports Insights.