After a poor offensive showing against Green Bay last Thursday, the Bengals might decide to send out their starters for a quarter against the Colts. Cincinnati played its offensive starters into the third quarter last week but they only produced a pair of field goals. On one possession, they had a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line but couldn’t punch it in.
Dalton finished the night 5 of 17 for 40 yards with two sacks. The only touchdown came from the backups when they were setup with great field position on the Green Bay 15-yard line after a turnover. Start your Online Betting action on the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Game.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis has missed the last two preseason games while “backup” Bernard Scott hasn’t played at all. Don’t expect either to dress here. Scott is actually questionable for the opener because of a hand injury. Brian Leonard has been starting at running back during the preseason.
The Bengals cut Tyler Hansen on Friday so he won’t be in the quarterback rotation this week. Dalton’s reps will be limited, if he even plays, so Bruce Gradkowski and Zac Robinson will eat up most of the offensive snaps. Marvin Lewis-led teams have fared pretty well in the preseason finale. He is 7-2 as a head coach in Week 4.
While we aren’t 100 percent sure what the Bengals playing rotation will be, we are pretty confident that Indianapolis will have its starters on the field Thursday for at least one quarter. This team started with 48 rookies on the 90-man roster, which was cut to 75 on Monday. These kids need all the experience they can get.
Andrew Luck and the Colts offense didn’t look as crisp in Week 3 as it was in the first two exhibitions. Indianapolis was staked as a 3-point pup in the rookie showdown between Luck and Robert Griffin III at Washington. The Colts didn’t cover, coming out on the wrong side of a 30-17 decision.
Luck outplayed Griffin but didn’t get much help from the running game or the offensive line. He was constantly under pressure and the backfield gained about two yards a carry.
Those were the two glaring problems with the Colts last year. Bruce Arians said that he thinks his current offensive line is better than the one he had in Pittsburgh last year. That’s just confidence-boosting talk because it isn’t. Check the Online Betting Lines on the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Game.
The run defense was also atrocious last Saturday. Washington averaged better than six yards per attempt. When they needed a first down all they had to do was run it twice. Indy’s run D has been poor for a decade now and there is no end to the futility in sight.
Chandler Harnish served as the backup last weekend but Drew Stanton will be the No. 2 guy in the finale. Those two should get plenty of reps, which isn’t exactly a good thing for the Colts.
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