Schedule Analysis, Week 14: Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

We continue our schedule analysis by taking a look at the Bengals' Week 14 game at home against the Colts.

Week 14: Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals

Date/Time: Dec. 8; 1 p.m. ET

Location: Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Chargers 2012 record: 11-5 (0-1 playoffs)

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Colts: 7th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Colts: 22nd

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Colts: 10th

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Colts: 21st

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Colts: 29th

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Colts: 26th

Head-To-Head Record:

9-17 Colts (3-8 in Cincinnati)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Colts: OT Gosder Cherilus, S LaRon Landry, G Donald Thomas, CB Greg Toler

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Colts: DE Bjoern Werner, G Hugh Thornton

Overview:

The Bengals have struggled against the Colts recently, but much of that had to do with struggling against Peyton Manning. Their win in 2011 over the Manning-less Colts was their first since 1997. The Colts, geographically the closest team to the Bengals, have a new quarterback, though, in Andrew Luck. While he's not a Manning (yet?) he obviously has the goods, leading the Colts to an 11-5 record with a poor defense and no running game in his rookie season.

The Bengals defense will need to be on top of their game against Luck to keep the Colts out of the end zone early and often. On top of that, the offense will need to score quite a few insurance touchdowns just to make sure they can compete if this game turns into a shootout. On paper, the Bengals are a better team, but I'm expecting big things from the Colts in 2013 and this game could be a tough one to win.

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