When the Colts Throw the Ball:
Colts Passing Attack: 20th – 224.1 ypg
Bengals Pass Defense: 8th – 213.8 ypg
Luck is going to be a great QB. However, he lacks the surrounding talent, and with the loss of Wayne, this has become even more apparent. In the 5 games since Wayne went down, the Colts have been blown out twice, barely won the other 3 against inferior teams, and Luck has just 5 TDs to 5 INTs.
In the 7 games with Wayne, Luck had 10 TDs and 3 INTs. With the recent struggles of Luck, the lack of receiving weapons, the elements and the Bengals defense, I see this being a very difficult game for Luck. I believe the Bengals will be able to shut down the Colts run game and get pressure on Luck with just 4 guys most of the time, leaving 7 guys to cover a weak receiving corps.
That should be a recipe for success for the Bengals and a recipe for failure for the Colts.
When the Bengals Run the Ball:
Bengals Running Attack: 18th – 112.6 ypg
Colts Run Defense: 29th – 128.6 ypg
The Colts run defense is bad and will likely be in for a long day tomorrow. While the Bengals run game has been a disappointment most of the year, they looked to catch fire last Sunday when Whitworth moved to LG and Collins took over at LT. With Zeitler back and bad weather predicted, I look for a big game on the ground for the Bengals.