Because this is Week 4 of the preseason, we rarely see teams play their starters in this game, so don't expect to see guys like Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Geno Atkins, or Vontae Davis play. Losing any of the aforementioned guys to a silly injury this week would be devastating with the regular season opening next week.
That doesn't mean, however, that this game is of no important. Every NFL team must have their final 53-man rosters set by 4 p.m. EST on Saturday. Because this game is played Thursday night, that gives coaches and front-office personnel a full day to evaluate this game and use it to help determine which guys should make up those final 10-12 spots on each roster.
For the Bengals, there's still about 15 bubble players with a realistic shot at making the final 53-man roster. Devon Still, Pat Sims, DeShawn Williams, and Margus Hunt are fighting to secure those final 2-3 defensive line spots. Derron Smith, Troy Hill, Chris Lewis-Harris, and Shilo Keo are battling it out for the final 1-2 defensive back spots.
Mario Alford, Greg Little, Jake Kumerow, and Brandon Tate are all looking to lock up those final 2-3 spots at wide receiver. All of these roster battles are what make Week 4 just as intriguing to watch as any other preseason game.
As has been the case all preseason, if you want to watch this games online, you still unfortunately have to use NFL Game Pass, which is $99.99 for the season. Game Pass includes all NFL Preseason live streams, but only replays of the regular season games; it is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows.
If you want to catch any of these games on TV, there's several channels this game will be on depending on where you live. Be sure to check out 506sports.com for full listings in surrounding areas.
How to Watch
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
Date: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Channel: WXIN in Indy; WKRC in Cincinnati; Check out 506sports.com for full listings in surrounding areas
Online Stream: NFL Game Pass
Odds: Cincinnati (-2.5), Over/Under 39, via OddsShark.com
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