Football betting favors the Bengals in this home game since Indianapolis is not likely to play their starters for long.
NFL betting has the Bengals a four-point favorite with a total of 36.5 in this matchup. Last week the Colts lost to the Detroit Lions but the starters played into the third quarter and are ready for the NFL betting season. That means if Peyton Manning plays at all it would only be briefly as NFL betting info indicates.
The Bengals are 1-2 in the football betting preseason and have not developed a lot of continuity since starting quarterback Carson Palmer has been injured. He could see a little time on Thursday but it is also possible he may just be rested for the NFL betting season opener. The Bengals have a solid backup quarterback as NFL betting notes in J.T. O’Sullivan. Football betting indicates that their third string quarterback is Jordan Palmer (Carson’s brother.) It is very likely that O’Sullivan and Jordan Palmer get the bulk of the playing time in this game.
The Colts are not expected to play their starters more than a series or two in this football betting game. “Whoever is out there, we expect to play well and to play to our standards, which are lofty,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “Regardless of who’s in the game, we anticipate them to play well.” One player that definitely needs the work is backup quarterback Jim Sorgi who has been injured all preseason. He will get extensive playing time on Thursday against the Bengals in this NFL betting contest. “This week we want to get him some time in the ballgame and get his feet wet,” Caldwell said. “We want to get him back in the swing of things.” Sorgi said he will not be trying to make up for lost time though in this football betting game. He and third-string quarterback Matt Painter will get the bulk of the playing time on Thursday as NFL betting indicates.
Since this is the NFL betting preseason you encounter some different betting lines. That is the case in this NFL betting matchup since the Bengals are favored against the Colts. In a regular season NFL betting game the Colts would be favored, even on the road.