The Cincinnati Bengals host the Indianapolis Colts with both teams looking to keep their slim postseason hopes alive in Week 8.
The Bengals are sitting at 2-4, so this will be a good opportunity for them to get back on track against a bad team coming to Paul Brown Stadium,
The Colts stand at 2-5 and are all but out of the playoff race with a loss today. They’re pretty much out of it regardless if Andrew Luck can’t return this season, which is looking more and more possible by the day.
The Bengals struggled to get anything going in the second half last week against the Steelers. They looked lost and unprepared. Although, who knows what the coaching staff expected trying to have Andy Dalton go against the best pass defense in the NFL without any protection.
The fact Joe Mixon didn’t get a second half carry is still frustrating. (He thinks so, too.)
Still the Bengals can get their offense going again against the Colts who have one of the worst NFL defenses in the NFL. They give up the most points per game in the NFL (31.7) and the second most yards per game (425.4).
Star rookie receiver John Ross will return this week after he practiced fully on Friday before the Steelers game. It is clear the team needs someone aside from A.J. Green as a threat in the passing game.
This also marks an oddly rare regular season meeting between these two teams. The last time they met in the regular season was in 2013, and then they met in the Wild Card round of the playoffs in 2014. Green was knocked out the final week of the regular season against the Steelers by Mike Mitchell, so Green was unable to play that week.
The Colts offense has also been horrendous without Andrew Luck. The offense ranks in the bottom five of every major offensive category except their run game that ranks 22nd in the NFL.
How to watch:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) vs Indianapolis Colts (2-5)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 29nd, 2017 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: Colts lead series 17-10
Streak: Bengals have won two of the past three
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (2-5), Chuck Pagano (1-1)
TV Broadcast: CBS broadcast with Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst). The game will air in the Bengals home market on WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Channel 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington, Ky.
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). The game will also be aired to a national audience on the Sports USA radio network. Broadcasters are Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst).
Online Streaming: Watch the live stream on the NFL's mobile app. International viewers can use NFL Game Pass.
Colts SB Nation: Stampede Blue
Weather: High 40’s; Partly cloudy [NFL Weather]
Odds: The Bengals open as a 10-point favorite. [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: Black jersey with black pants; the Bengals are 15-11-1 in that combination since 2004.