Colts vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 4 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 26, 2019

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Indianapolis' new starting quarterback Jacoby Brisset started the entire 2017 campaign with Luck sidelined. Brissett completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven picks.

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August 29, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
2-14
Pointspread +2.5 -104
Moneyline +127
Over / Under o +34.5
Pointspread -2.5 -116
Moneyline -152
Over / Under u +34.5

The Indianapolis Colts begin the post-Andrew Luck Era on Thursday night by closing out their pre-season schedule at the Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Keep in mind that few if any starters on any of the NFL’s 32 teams will play in Week 4 of the pre-season. This week is all about those guys on the fringes of the roster trying to make one last splash.

Indianapolis is 0-3 this pre-season and 3-4 all-time in exhibition games under second-year head coach Frank Reich. Just one team has won the Super Bowl after a winless pre-season (1982 Redskins). The Colts were a legitimate threat to win this season’s Super Bowl … until star quarterback Andrew Luck shocked the football world with his retirement over the weekend. Needless to say, the Colts’ futures odds changed dramatically in the wake of that. They now have a win total of just 6.5 at Sports Interaction. The Colts were favourites to win the AFC South but are now +500 long shots.

This is the first year as a coach for the Bengals’ Zac Taylor, the league’s second-youngest head coach at 36.  Cincinnati is 1-2 this pre-season. These teams play every year now in the pre-season and always in the finale. The Colts have won the past three. It was 27-26 in Cincinnati last year. Neither Luck nor Bengals starting QB Andy Dalton played. Indianapolis also hosted Cincinnati in Week 1 of the regular season and lost 34-23. The Bengals were down 23-10 in the third quarter. That was Luck’s first game back after missing all of 2017 due to shoulder surgery.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts’ new starting quarterback is Jacoby Brissett, who started the entire 2017 campaign with Luck sidelined. Brissett was pretty solid, completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven picks. The Colts have a lot more talent around him now, especially on the offensive line, than they did then. Brissett probably would have played Thursday if healthy (he didn’t in Week 3 simply for rest) but now surely won’t. The Colts only have inexperienced Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly left on the roster. Kelly has looked much better and could win the backup job, although it’s likely the team adds a veteran either through trade or free agency.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals haven’t had star receiver AJ Green at all this pre-season due to ankle surgery and he isn’t expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Damion Willis will start in Green’s place in the early games that count. Trey Hopkins has been named the starting centre in a moderate surprise over former first-round pick Billy Price. Surely won’t see Dalton here, with Jeff Driskel and rookie Ryan Finley battling for the backup job. Finley reportedly in in the lead there. Top running back Joe Mixon has played in just one of the three pre-season games and isn’t expected to go Thursday.

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