Colts vs. Bengals: NFL Betting Preview – October 18, 2020

Posted By Staff on October 13, 2020 - Last Updated on October 16, 2020
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The Cincinnati Bengals (1-3-1) are eight-point underdogs heading into their matchup on Sunday, October 18 against the Indianapolis Colts (3-2). The contest has a point total of 46.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of October 16. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings.com.

Betting Information

Total Facts

  • Colts games this season have posted an average total of 42.8– 3.7 points fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • Bengals games average 45.6 total points– 0.9 fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • Colts games have gone over 46.5 points on two out of five occasions this season.
  • In two games this season, the Bengals have combined with their opponents to go over 46.5 points.
  • The two teams average a combined 45.6 points per contest– 0.9 fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • The Colts score the 17th-most points in the league this season, while the Bengals’ offense puts up the 29th-most.
  • The over/under for this game is 3.7 points higher than the two teams’ opponents scoring average.
  • This outing features the NFL’s 17th-ranked (Cincinnati) and second-ranked (Indianapolis) scoring defenses.
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Colts Betting Insights

  • Indianapolis is 3-2 against the spread.
  • The Colts are 1-0 ATS when favored by at least eight points.
  • Just two of Indianapolis’ five games this year have gone over the point total.

Bengals Betting Insights

  • Two of Cincinnati’s five games this year have gone over the point total.
  • Cincinnati has a 3-2 record against the spread.

When the Colts Have the Ball

  • The Bengals defense has allowed 25.2 points per game this season, the same amount as the Colts have scored.
  • When they meet or go over their scoring average this season, Indianapolis is 2-0 and 2-0 against the spread.
  • Cincinnati is 1-1-1 overall and 2-1 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 25.2 points.
  • The Bengals defense has given up an average of 387.6 yards per game in 2020– 37.8 yards more than the 349.8 the Colts offense has averaged per contest.
  • On average, the Colts pick up 5.6 yards per play and the Bengals allow 5.7.
  • When Indianapolis hits their average yard output this season, they are 2-1 against the spread and 2-1 overall.
  • When the Cincinnati defense allows less than their season average for total yards, they are 1-2 against the spread and 0-2-1 overall.
  • The Bengals defense has given up an average of 159 yards per game to opposing running games this season. That is 53.2 more yards than the Colts have gained running the football in 2020 (105.8).
  • When Indianapolis rushes for least 105.8 yards this season, they are 2-0 overall and 2-0 against the spread.
  • When the Cincinnati defense allows opponents to pick up less than 159 yards on the ground, they are 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall this year.
  • This season, the Bengals have forced an average of one turnover per game, equal to the one time Colts have turned the football over in each contest.
  • When Indianapolis turns the football over one time or fewer this season, they are 3-0 overall and 3-0 against the spread.
  • Cincinnati is 3-1 against the spread and 1-2-1 overall this season when they force at least one turnover in a game.

When the Bengals Have the Ball

  • The Bengals average 20.4 points per game. The Colts give up 17.6 points per game.
  • Cincinnati is 3-0 against the spread and 1-1-1 overall when they score at least 20.4 points.
  • This year, Indianapolis has a 2-0 record against the spread and a 2-0 record overall in games when it holds opponents to 25.2 or fewer points.
  • The Bengals collect 66.4 more yards per game (332.4), than the Colts allow per contest (266). The Bengals average 4.6 yards per play, while the Colts give up 4.7 per play.
  • In games where Indianapolis holds its opponents to 266 or fewer yards, it has a 2-1 record ATS and a 2-1 record overall.
  • This season, the Bengals average 102.6 yards per game on the ground– 16.2 more per game than the Colts allow per outing (86.4).
  • Cincinnati has a 1-1 ATS record and a 1-1 overall record when the team rushes for at least 102.6 yards.
  • Indianapolis is 2-0 against the spread and 2-0 overall when holding opponents to 86.4 rushing yards or less.
  • This year, the Bengals turn the ball over 1.4 times per game– 0.4 fewer turnovers per game than the 1.8 the Colts force on average.
  • Cincinnati has a 3-0 record against the spread and a 1-1-1 record overall when it turns the ball over 1.4 times or less.
  • When it forces 1.8 or more turnovers, Indianapolis has a 2-1 record against the spread and a 2-1 record overall.

Colts Players to Watch

  • Philip Rivers has thrown for 1,227 yards (245.4 yards per game), four touchdowns, and fiver interceptions this year. He has a 70.8% completion percentage (109-of-154).
  • Rookie Jonathan Taylor has taken 77 carries for a team-leading 307 rushing yards (61.4 yards per game) while scoring three touchdowns in five games. He’s also caught 12 passes for 107 yards (21.4 receiving yards per game).
  • Jordan Wilkins has 95 yards on 28 carries (19 ypg) this season.
  • T.Y. Hilton has 19 receptions for 231 yards, averaging 46.2 yards per game.
  • Mo Alie-Cox has added 11 grabs for 194 yards and two touchdowns in five games. He averages 38.8 receiving yards per game and has been targeted 14 times.
  • Zach Pascal has caught 12 passes on 21 targets for 144 yards and a touchdown, averaging 28.8 yards per game.
  • Justin Houston has registered a team-leading 3.5 sacks, while adding 4.0 TFL and 10 tackles over five games.
  • This year, Anthony Walker has racked up 32 tackles, a TFL, and one interception.
  • Xavier Rhodes has two interceptions, nine tackles, and five passes defended five in games this season.

Bengals Players to Watch

  • In his rookie season, Joe Burrow has 1,304 passing yards (260.8 yards per game), six touchdowns, and three interceptions on 65.2% completion. He has added 85 rushing yards on 23 carries with one touchdown, averaging 17 yards per game.
  • Joe Mixon has rushed for 374 yards on 101 carries (74.8 yards per game) while scoring two touchdowns in five games. He also averages 24.6 receiving yards per game, grabbing 19 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown.
  • Tyler Boyd has been targeted 40 times for 32 catches, a team-high 362 yards (72.4 ypg), and one touchdown in five games.
  • Rookie Tee Higgins has added 16 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns this season. He has been targeted 30 times and averages 42.8 receiving yards per game.
  • Carl Lawson has registered a team-leading 3.5 sacks, while adding two TFL and 17 tackles over five games.
  • Jessie Bates III has 39 tackles and a TFL this year.

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