Colts vs. Bengals: how to watch, betting preview & predictions ahead of Sunday’s game

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Indianapolis Colts’ Alec Pierce (14) celebrates a touchdown reception with Michael Pittman Jr. during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Colts vs. Bengals: Gardner Minshew versus Jake Browning probably wasn’t the quarterback duel the NFL had planned, but both these teams are firmly in the AFC playoff race, and the winner of Sunday’s contest could be on their way to securing a Wildcard berth.

Both teams are fresh off crucial AFC wins, and the Colts especially have a light schedule the rest of the way, featuring matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, and Las Vegas Raiders. A win for them would earn some much-needed breathing room.

The Bengals still have the Chiefs and vaunted Browns defense on the horizon, and with a backup quarterback at the helm, you can all but call this a must-win for Cincinnati. Bet (as the children say).

Colts vs. Bengals: Week 14 info

Date: Sunday, December 10th
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Location: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
TV channel: Amazon Prime, NFL Gamepass (NFL+), DAZN

NFL Week 14 odds: Colts vs. Bengals

Spread: Indianapolis Colts +1.5 | Cincinnati Bengals -1.5
Moneyline: Indianapolis Colts +114 | Cincinnati Bengals -134
Total: Over/Under 43.5

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Colts vs. Bengals | Betting Prediction

If Minshew were a food, it’d be Skyline Chili.

Minshew has impressed just about all of us. As a backup last year in Philadelphia, he’s proven his connection with head coach Shane Steichen was a little more than Brotherly Love.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew trows during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Since rookie Anthony Richardson went down, Minshew’s been good enough to have the Colts on a four-game winning streak. That’s why I call him Mr. Skyline – he’s chili from a mid-market in the midwest – it’ll fill you up, but you won’t always feel great afterward.

Minshew’s 10:7 TD-to-INT ratio isn’t too pretty, but you can do a lot worse as a backup quarterback. Not to mention the ~winning.~

Brown bread

As a former backup quarterback, I can’t resist making this all about backup quarterbacks. Browning pulled off quite the feat last week – taking down the potential AFC one-seed Jacksonville Jaguars, albeit sans Trevor Lawrence for the closing moments of the contest.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) looks to pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Still, an 86.5% completion rate against one of the better teams in the AFC is nothing to turn your nose up at, especially when you throw the ball 37 times.

With a bit of confidence under his belt, he’ll need to watch out for an Indianapolis pass rush that’s sacked the quarterback 42 times, 2nd best in the NFL, in 2023. Even so, the Colts as underdogs make my wallet tingle. We wish the best for Browning, but we’re Minshew Maniacs.

Prediction: Colts +1.5 & U/43.5

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