Colts vs. Bengals: Game Predictions
With gameday officially here, it’s time for some game predictions. Who wins today and why?
The Colts finally get to play a game that counts. They play their first game against the Bengals today, and this one will matter. A lot of players have things to prove in week 1. So let’s dive right into it; this is who wins the game and why.
It will likely be a close game throughout. Neither team has a strong defense, although the Bengal defensive line could cause some issues. With that being the case, the line of scrimmage will be huge in determining who wins.
The Colts offensive line will struggle to protect Andrew Luck all day. Luck will have to make some plays with his feet and keep his eyes down field. But the Colts will do a good job of getting the ball out of his hands quickly. They should move down the field pretty effectively.
On defense, the Colts might struggle to contain the run. If preseason is any indication, that will continue. Joe Mixon should get some big gains on the ground. But the defense will do a decent job stopping the passing game in tight spots. They will bend, but won’t break.
Ultimately, this game could come down to the turnover margin. Whichever team protects the ball the best will win. Luck has had a history of turnovers, but so has Andy Dalton. Neither quarterback can afford to lose the football and give the other team good field position.
Prediction: Colts 31 Bengals 27
This game could come down to the final possession. The team that has the ball last could win. Both offenses should execute well throughout, but Dalton might throw a costly pick late in the game and allow the Colts to win because of it. Colts win a tight battle.
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