Stripe Hype has you covered on the essentials heading into Week 1. We have the Bengals’ current betting odds, TV crew, and more.
The Bengals will kickoff their season in Indianapolis today, signaling the beginning of the 2018 season. After two seasons below .500, expectations are high for this team, and the Colts are the perfect launchpad for this team to get off to a hot start.
The biggest focal points for the Bengals, from a national perspective, will be Dalton and the new offense. The zeitgeist around this team has really picked up because of the promise of change. Well, today is the day to show that change, and that starts with Dalton on offense. On defense, expect some eyes on Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins. The two could be in line for big games after receiving extensions this offseason.
On the Colts’ side is the biggest storyline of all. Andrew Luck makes his return to football in 2018, and the spectrum of possibilities for his performance is wide. Luck will be under scrutiny, so it’s on the Bengals’ defense to slow him down. The Colts will also have to show that they are more than a one-man show.
Although there is a ton of optimism around this game from Bengals’ fans, Vegas does not share that optimism. They project this game to be close but favoring Indy. The current line is Colts -3, which is pretty generous towards Cincinnati. If you’re a bettor, that line may be hard to pass up.
The game kicks off at 1 p.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It will be broadcast on CBS, which will be typical for most Bengals games this season. The broadcasting crew comprises Andrew Catalon on play-by-play, James Lofton on color commentary, and Jane Slater on the sideline. This isn’t CBS’s best crew, but that’s understandable since this game doesn’t have as many compelling national storylines as other games.
Regardless, it will be a critical Week 1 for Cincinnati. They need to start this season off strong. Seize the DEY!