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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

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It's been an up and down first season with the Indianapolis Colts for veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, who was signed for $25 million to get a team with high expectations back to the playoffs.


Coming off a poor outing in last week's 32-23 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Rivers vowed he'll be better this week when the Colts (3-2) host the Bengals (1-3-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium.


At 38, Rivers has passed for 1,227 yards and completed 70.8 percent in five games. But he's also posted a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 4-to-5 and has driven the Colts to just two touchdowns in their last 22 offensive possessions over the past two games.


In the Browns' loss, Rivers threw a pick-six and was called for an intentional grounding penalty in his own end zone for a safety, leading directly to nine Cleveland points.


"I do think that's an important message that we are 3-2 and there is no panic here," Rivers said. "Certainly disappointing the way the game went and certainly individually not playing as well as I would have liked. But we are still in position to accomplish everything we wanted to and have an opportunity this week to get back on track."


Colts coach Frank Reich said there are no plans to pull Rivers for backup Jacoby Brissett, who started 15 games for the Colts last season.


"Philip is our quarterback," Reich said.


Like Rivers, Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow is coming off a tough outing.


Burrow was held to 183 yards passing with no touchdowns and an interception in Cincinnati's 27-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.


Overall, though, it has been a successful rookie season so far for Burrow, who was taken No. 1 in the NFL draft last April after leading LSU to a national championship and winning the Heisman Trophy. Burrow has passed for 1,304 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.


Burrow said he expects the Bengals' offense to bounce back against the Colts on Sunday.


"We just got off of three straight weeks of 300 yards passing," Burrow said. "We've been moving the ball up and down the field and we had a bad game. That's going to happen in the NFL, but you have a short memory as an offense and a quarterback, and you are going to go out there and execute the next week."


Burrow is still trying to establish chemistry with Bengals veteran wideout A.J. Green, as the 32-year-old, seven-time All-Pro has managed just 14 catches for 119 yards with no TDs on the season.


"We need to get him going," Burrow said. "He's a big part of this offense."


Green (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday.


After facing the NFL's top scoring defense last week, the Ravens, it won't get any easier for Burrow. The Colts rank second in the league in points allowed, giving up just 17.6 points per game.


"They play three or four coverages and they do it really, really well," Burrow said. "They are very well coached and all their guys play really hard. That's what jumps out on film. They don't put guys out there that don't play hard. So we are going to have to match their intensity."


The Colts had five players miss practice Wednesday with injuries: tight end Mo Alie-Cox (knee), linebacker Darius Leonard (groin), defensive ends Denico Autry (ankle/knee) and Justin Houston (hip), and safety Julian Blackmon (groin).


Offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (ribs) was upgraded to limited after missing Week 5.


For the Bengals, cornerback Mackensie Alexander (hamstring) and running back Giovani Bernard (groin) were limited Wednesday, while wide receiver Auden Tate (shoulder), defensive end Sam Hubbard (elbow) and cornerback Darius Phillips (shoulder) missed practice.


--Field Level Media


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Cincinnati Bengals

Indianapolis Colts

Player Position Lineup
Jessie Bates III primary: Safety Starter
Tyler Boyd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
A.J. Green primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bobby Hart primary: Right Tackle Starter
Trey Hopkins primary: Center Starter
William Jackson III primary: Cornerback Starter
Michael Jordan primary: Left Guard Starter
Carl Lawson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Joe Mixon primary: Halfback Starter
Germaine Pratt primary: Linebacker Starter
Drew Sample primary: Tight End Starter
Jonah Williams primary: Left Tackle Starter
Vonn Bell primary: Safety Starter
Mackensie Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
LeShaun Sims primary: Cornerback Starter
Josh Bynes primary: Linebacker Starter
Joe Burrow primary: Quarterback Starter
Tee Higgins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Amani Bledsoe primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Christian Covington primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Alex Redmond primary: Right Guard Starter
Xavier Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Geno Atkins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Giovani Bernard primary: Halfback Substitution
Andrew Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Randy Bullock primary: Kicker Substitution
Cethan Carter primary: Tight End Substitution
Carlos Dunlap primary: Defensive End Substitution
Alex Erickson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordan Evans primary: Linebacker Substitution
Clark Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kevin Huber primary: Punter Substitution
Fred Johnson primary: Guard Substitution
Darius Phillips primary: Cornerback Substitution
Billy Price primary: Center Substitution
John Ross III primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mason Schreck primary: Tight End Substitution
Shawn Williams primary: Safety Substitution
Brandon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Tony Brown primary: Cornerback Substitution
Logan Wilson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Akeem Davis-Gaither primary: Linebacker Substitution
Khalid Kareem primary: Defensive End Substitution
Hakeem Adeniji primary: Guard Substitution
Mike Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Samaje Perine primary: Halfback Substitution
Kahlil McKenzie primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ryan Finley primary: Quarterback Did not play
Auden Tate primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Trayveon Williams primary: Halfback Not active
Markus Bailey primary: Linebacker Not active
Keaton Sutherland primary: Guard Not active
Austin Seibert primary: Kicker Not active
Player Position Lineup
Denico Autry primary: Defensive End Starter
Anthony Castonzo primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jack Doyle primary: Tight End Starter
Mark Glowinski primary: Right Guard Starter
T.Y. Hilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Justin Houston primary: Defensive End Starter
Marcus Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Kelly primary: Center Starter
Kenny Moore II primary: Cornerback Starter
Quenton Nelson primary: Left Guard Starter
Bobby Okereke primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Zach Pascal primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Braden Smith primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grover Stewart primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Anthony Walker primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Khari Willis primary: Strong Safety Starter
Rock Ya-Sin primary: Cornerback Starter
DeForest Buckner primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Philip Rivers primary: Quarterback Starter
Xavier Rhodes primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonathan Taylor primary: Runningback Starter
Julian Blackmon primary: Free Safety Starter
Ben Banogu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Ashton Dulin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jake Eldrenkamp primary: Guard Substitution
Zaire Franklin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nyheim Hines primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyquan Lewis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Al-Quadin Muhammad primary: Defensive End Substitution
George Odum primary: Safety Substitution
Luke Rhodes primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Rigoberto Sanchez primary: Punter Substitution
E.J. Speed primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Wilkins primary: Runningback Substitution
Le'Raven Clark primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Sheldon Day primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
T.J. Carrie primary: Cornerback Substitution
Trey Burton primary: Tight End Substitution
Isaiah Rodgers primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jordan Glasgow primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rodrigo Blankenship primary: Kicker Substitution
DeMichael Harris primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Taylor Stallworth primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tavon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Tremon Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Noah Togiai primary: Tight End Substitution
Mo Alie-Cox primary: Tight End Not active
Jacoby Brissett primary: Quarterback Did not play
Daurice Fountain primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Darius Leonard primary: Linebacker Not active
Jacob Eason primary: Quarterback Not active
Danny Pinter primary: Guard Did not play
Dezmon Patmon primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Chaz Green primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Ron'Dell Carter primary: Defensive End Not active

Cincinnati Bengals

Indianapolis Colts

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
    • Rusher: Giovani Bernard
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 17 Yards
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
    • Pass Receiver: Zach Pascal
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Pass Receiver: Trey Burton
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 47 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Trey Burton
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 7 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
    • Rusher: Joe Mixon
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 55 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 40 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 14 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Pass Receiver: Jack Doyle
  • Match End


Last 10

W 22% L 78%
2 7
  • @Washington L 9 - 20
  • @Pittsburgh L 10 - 36
  • Tennessee W 20 - 31
  • Cleveland L 37 - 34
  • @Indianapolis L 27 - 31
  • @Baltimore L 3 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 25 - 33
  • @Philadelphia D 23 - 23
  • @Cleveland L 30 - 35
  • L.A. Chargers L 16 - 13
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Green Bay W 31 - 34
  • @Tennessee W 34 - 17
  • Baltimore L 24 - 10
  • @Detroit W 41 - 21
  • Cincinnati W 27 - 31
  • @Cleveland L 23 - 32
  • @Chicago W 19 - 11
  • N.Y. Jets W 7 - 36
  • Minnesota W 11 - 28
  • @Jacksonville L 20 - 27

Next Games

  • N.Y. Giants(08-22-19) L 25 - 23
  • @Miami(12-22-19) L 35 - 38
  • Dallas(12-09-12) L 20 - 19
  • Pittsburgh(11-24-19) L 16 - 10
  • @Houston(12-24-16) L 10 - 12
  • Tennessee(12-01-19) L 31 - 17
  • @Houston(11-21-19) L 17 - 20
  • @Las Vegas(10-28-18) W 42 - 28
  • Houston(10-20-19) W 23 - 30
  • @Pittsburgh(11-03-19) L 24 - 26

Last Meetings

  • Bengals @ Colts 27-31
  • Colts @ Bengals 13-6
  • Bengals @ Colts 34-23
  • Colts @ Bengals 27-26
  • Colts @ Bengals 23-24
  • Bengals @ Colts 6-7
  • Colts @ Bengals 13-10
  • Bengals @ Colts 9-6
  • Bengals @ Colts 10-26
  • Bengals @ Colts 0-27

Last Injuries

Indianapolis Colts

  • Rock Ya-Sin

    Prob Sun | probable

    Ya-Sin is ailing from an illness, but he is expected to dress for Sunday's tilt with the Titans.

  • Braden Smith

    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith missed the last game due to a thumb injury, but it is projected that he will take the field against the Titans on Sunday.

  • Philip Rivers

    Ques Sun | questionable

    River is dealing with a toe injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Titans on Sunday.

  • Isaiah Rodgers

    Prob Sun | probable

    Rodgers was held out of the last game due to a knee injury, but it is likely that he will be in the lineup against the Titans on Sunday.

  • Khari Willis

    Prob Sun | probable

    Willis has a rib injury, but it is likely that he will be active Sunday versus the Titans.

  • Bobby Okereke

    Out Sun | out

    Okereke is idle with an ankle injury, and he will not partake in Sunday's matchup against the Titans.

  • Zach Pascal

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pascal is tending to injuries to his knee and foot. It is unclear if he will be a participant in Sunday's contest against the Titans.

  • George Odum

    Ques Sun | probable

    Odum has an injured knee, and it has yet to be determined if he will take on the Titans on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Auden Tate

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Tate is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long the symptoms will take to subside.

  • Mike Thomas

    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Thomas sat out the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unlikely that he will be in the lineup versus the Giants on Sunday.

  • Joe Burrow

    I-R | I-R

    Burrow has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

  • Giovani Bernard

    Prob Sun | probable

    Bernard has a concussion, but it is anticipated that he will pass protocol prior to Sunday's tilt with the Giants.

  • B.J. Finney

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Finney has shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unclear how much time he will need to recovery.

  • Markus Bailey

    Prob Sun | probable

    Bailey has an injured hamstring, but it is likely that he will suit up against the Giants on Sunday.

  • Mackensie Alexander

    Prob Sun | probable

    Alexander is managing a hamstring injury, but it is expected that he will be a participant in Sunday's matchup with the Giants.

  • Joe Mixon

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mixon has been ticketed for the injured reserve list with a foot injury, and it is uncertain when the team will activate him.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns and Julian Blackmon came up with a critical late interception to lift the Colts to a 31-27 win over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Rivers completed 29 of 44 passes, and put the Colts (4-2) ahead to stay with a 14-yard touchdown to Jack Doyle with 14:55 remaining. Indianapolis pushed the lead to 31-27 with 4:03 left on a 40-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship.

The Bengals (1-4-1) had a chance to steal the win late, but Blackmon intercepted Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow at the Colts 19-yard line with 46 seconds left to seal it.

Burrow passed for 313 yards and scored on a one-yard touchdown run, posting his fourth 300-yard passing day in six games. But it wasn't enough at the Bengals saw their winless road streak extend to 17 games.

Cincinnati kicker Randy Bullock, who had field goals of 47 and 55 yards, had a 48-yard attempt bounce off the right upright midway through the fourth quarter.

Burrow led Cincinnati to three touchdown drives on its first three possessions, allowing the Bengals to jump to an early 21-0 lead. Giovani Bernard scored on 2-yard run with 11:17 left in the first quarter, Burrow added his own 2-yard touchdown later in the frame, and Joe Mixon's 7-yard touchdown came on the first play of the second quarter.

Rivers, making his 230th consecutive start, rallied the Colts back. Rivers led the Colts on a 7-play, 87-yard drive, capped by a one-yard scoring run from Trey Burton to cut Cincinnati's lead to 21-7. Rivers then connected with Burton on a 10-yard touchdown and found Zach Paschal on a 17-yard scoring pass with 15 seconds left to pull the Colts within 24-21 of the Bengals at the half.

Bullock's 55-yard field goal was the only scoring in the third quarter.

Tee Higgins had six catches for 125 yards and A.J. Green added eight receptions for 96 yards for the Bengals.

Jonathan Taylor led the Colts with 60 yards rushing on 12 carries, and Marcus Johnson collected eight catches for 108 yards.

--Field Level Media