NFL Playoff Betting Matchup: AFC Playoffs – Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

NFL Playoff Betting Matchup: AFC Playoffs – Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

NFL Playoff Betting Matchup: AFC Playoffs – Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

Site: Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis

Date/Time: Sunday, January 4 – 1:05 PM ET

TV Coverage: CBS

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NFL football betting Pointspread: Indianapolis -3.5

Total: 47.5 points

Is the Cincinnati Bengals take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for this playoff game, the fact remains that neither their head coach, Marvin Lewis, or their quarterback, Andy Dalton, as ever emerged victorious in post-season action. Dalton seems to have frozen when playing in the spotlight, with just one touchdown pass and six interceptions in his three playoff starts. What is going to hurt Dalton here is that he is without wide receiver AJ Green, who suffered a concussion last week against Pittsburgh and did not pass muster in the process of the league’s concussion protocol. His 69 catches and 1041 yards will absolutely be missed, because Cincinnati does not have any depth at the position, and Mohamed Sanu, who looked like a worthy sidekick for a while, is not really produce much at all in the last eight games. Aside from that, no one is there to stretch the defense.

As a result, it looks like the Bengals will go run-first with Jeremy Hill, the outstanding rookie who ran for 1124 yards, almost all of it in the second half of the season. Hill was not a starter when Cincinnati played Indianapolis earlier in the season, a shameful performance on the part of the Bengals where they gained only 135 yards and moved the chains only eight times in a 27-0 shutout loss.

BetAnySports USA Friendly Online & Live Betting Sportsbook customers know that Cincinnati does not get a lot of pressure on the passer, registering only 20 sacks on the season, so Andrew Luck will almost certainly have some time to operate. He may not have a great running game, but he’s got enough balance in the air attack to keep things moving, and he is a much preferable option to Dalton, with his 4761 yards.

The Colts, at times, have looked very imposing on defense, holding their opponents to just 33% on third-down and thus allowing them the fewest plays per drive of any team in the league. They also ranks second in the league as far as their frequency of forcing three-and-outs. In the red zone, however, they are vulnerable, allowing touchdowns 66% of the time.

Cincinnati is 10-5-1 straight-up, and all five of the losses have come by double digits. In fact, when they get beat they REALLY get beat, as the 21-point average margin of defeat would seem to indicate. Can they really shake off this very dubious recent playoff history? The conditions don’t really look ideal for that to happen.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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