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10 Things to Expect from Bengals vs. Colts

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We look at what to expect from the Bengals vs. Colts matchup in NFL Week 7.

Andy Lyons
  1. Giovani Bernard will score a touchdown, and will have over 100 all-purpose yards. Look for a few effective dump passes and short screen to the star running back to fuel the offense.
  2. Colts quarterback drew Luck will unfortunately not be kept to under 300 yards passing. The signal-caller is on fire, and look for that to continue.
  3. The Bengals will win the turnover battle. Luck has already thrown 7 interceptions this season, so look for the trend of averaging one a game to continue.
  4. Look for a few big runs from Ahmad Bradshaw, even if they don't come that often. The Bengals will be forced to respect Luck's deep threats, which should open some holes up front.
  5. The Bengals defensive line will step up. The Colts offensive line isn't their strong suit, and the Cincinnati front desperately needs a morale booster. Look for Dunlap and Co. to finally help the secondary with some much-needed pressure.
  6. Sanu is set for yet another breakout game, simply because he has to have one if the Bengals want to keep pace in this game. Last time it was 120 yards receiving and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Expect similar numbers.
  7. The Bengals will likely change the running backs up more often this game, switching between Bernard and Hill, and back again. It will allow them to change the pace and ride the hot hand mid-game.
  8. Mike Nugent will be perfect on field goal attempts this game.
  9. The game will come down to one score, either way.
  10. Do NOT take the "under" bet for this game. Expect offense with a side of offense, as both teams have the ability to be explosive on that side of the ball. I would be very surprised if the game is not a shoot-out.