Cincinnati Bengals rookie Joe Burrow is finding it early that the highs in the NFL don’t last long, especially for a team not expected to do much. Following the Bengals’ win,– Burrow’s first in the pros — in Week 4, they got punched in the mouth in a loss in Week 5. Will the Bengals rebound this week? Or will the Indianapolis Colts avoid falling down to .500?
Betting Preview for the Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts Regular Season Week 6 Game on October 18, 2020
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
When: Sunday, October 18, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals (+8.5)
Regular Season Record: 1-3-1
Joe Burrow and the Bengals remain stuck with just a win this season after failing to follow up on their victory in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home with another, as they got smothered by the Baltimore Ravens in a 27-3 road loss last Sunday. Burrow saw his streak of three 300 passing-yard games get snapped in that game, as he managed to throw just 183 yards with a pick and zero touchdowns. Burrow simply didn’t have enough time and space to get in his groove, as he got sacked seven times for a loss of 48 yards. This year’s No. 1 overall pick seemed like he’s getting thrown into a lion pit this week again against the defense of the Colts, but most of Indianapolis’ image as a great defensive team is built on its stomping of sub. 500 squads like the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, and Chicago Bears. While the Bengals are also a team with a losing record, Burrow could potentially do better than expected against the Indianapolis’ stop unit. Cincinnati’s own defense, meanwhile, can breathe a little against Philip Rivers, who’s the complete opposite of the quick and athletic quarterback they faced last week in the form of Lamar Jackson.
The Bengals are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games.
Betting on the Indianapolis Colts (-8.5)
Regular Season Record: 3-2
Rivers’ job as the starting quarterback of the Colts appears to be safe as of the moment, even after a horrible performance in last Sunday’s 32-23 road loss to the Cleveland Browns in which the veteran signal-caller got picked twice and failed to throw a touchdown on 21-of-33 completions. Rivers has been prone to turnovers this season, having thrown four picks in the team’s two losses. If not for the Colts’ defense, their loss to the Browns could have looked worse. The Colts, who are second in the league with just 17.6 points allowed per game, had two defensive interceptions against the Browns, one was even returned for a touchdown by Ronnie Harrison Jr. The Colts’ passing defense is fearsome on paper, though, as mentioned, much of it is built on wins against teams unlikely to make the playoffs. Nevertheless, the Colts are giving up just 179.6 passing yards per game, the best in the NFL. Up against a rookie quarterback in Burrow, who’s got not much running game behind him to fall back on, it looks like Indianapolis is going to have fun shutting down the Bengals’ air attack.
The Colts win, 23-13.
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