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What to Watch For: Colts vs. Bengals

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The weather may not be fun for the fans at the game, but it should help the Bengals. When you get a dome team at your home in cold weather and elements, it always helps. Even more so when your team is the better running team. For a guy like Luck, who played in California and now in a dome, getting him out in the cold may be a huge benefit for the Bengals…not to mention it should cause Heyward-Bey to drop even more balls.

So, with the weather rolling in, here is What to Look For….

 

When the Colts Run the Ball:

Colts Running Attack: 20th – 109.4 ypg

Bengals Run Defense: 8th – 101.1 ypg

Richardson was benched last week in favor of 5th year pro Donald Brown. While I have been surprised that the Richardson trade has not worked out, I can’t blame the Colts for tapping Brown as their new lead back. While he only has 71 carries in 2013, Brown has a 5.3 ypc average behind the same line that Richardson is getting just 2.8 behind. Despite Brown’s 5.3 ypc number, I do not expect this Colts 20th ranked running attack to find much success on the ground at PBS. A career backup running back, on the road, going up against a top 10 run defense with a suspect o-line at best, is likely going to prove to be too much for Donald Brown and the Colts. Brown averaged 3.9 ypc last week against the 17th ranked Titans run defense in the comforts of the Indy dome.

Advantage: Bengals

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