The Colts, who are at the top of the AFC South, are 5-1 ATS in the team’s last six home meetings. The Bengals, who are leading the AFC North, are 6-2-1 ATS the last nine times that they played on the road as underdogs, and now pay per head fans all over the country are looking forward to a very exciting clash when they face each other on Sunday.
Many sportsbooks opened the Colts’ betting line with the team being the favorites by three points, and 49 was the total early this week.
Cincinnati’s offense shouldn’t be blamed for their tie with the Panthers on Sunday. Even with A.J. Green not in the team, the offense was able to do its part and sum up 513 yards, 193 of them rushing, as well as 37 points.
And even though the defense had a day off, only allowing 431 yards, most of this was done thanks to Cam Newton, QB for the Panthers, who didn’t only throw for 284 yards, but was also able to run for 107.
Then there’s also Bengals kicker Mike Nugent, who at the end of overtime ended up missing a short field goal. However, Cincinnati have a ranking of fifth place when it comes to total offense, are 11th place in their rushing with 127 yards per game, and in each outing the team have an average of 27 points.
Indianapolis was able to win as well as cover the team’s last four meetings, with an average of 35 points per game played. The Colts played at Houston last Thursday, and they got a big lead early on, clinching a win of 33-28 and covering as the favorites by three points. Indianapolis was able to outgain Houston 456-332, and could outgain the last four teams that they faced by 124 yards – at least. The Colts also outrushed the last five teams that they faced until their game on Thursday.
Indianapolis is at the top of the NFL in scoring as well as total offense, and pay per head fans can see that the team’s defense, which last year had a tanking of 20th overall, this year ranks at 13th place.
Many experts believe that the Bengals have the upper hand in this upcoming showdown, yet others see weaknesses in their defense, and believe that the Colts could be the ones to come out on top.