Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) at Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
The matinee matchup in the NFL Wildcard day number two, Sunday, January 4, 2015, features the Andrew Luck led Indianapolis Colts hosting the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati won last year’s meeting with a blowout win 42-28. This year however, Indianapolis destroyed the Bengals 27-0.
Andrew Luck is entering his third playoffs and has a postseason record of 1-2 his counterpart, Bengals’ QB, Andy Dalton, is 0-3 in the playoffs and hasn’t looked good so far in any of those postseason games.
My predictions are based on a lot of things including the odds of eventually winning. The Cincinnati head coach, Marvin Lewis, has an overall playoff record of 0-5 since he took the reigns in 2003. 11 years with no playoff wins means eventually the Cincinnati Bengals will win. Even on the road. This is not their year.
Cincinnati wide receiver, AJ Green, has been ruled out for the game. Indianapolis wide receiver, TY Hilton, has not been ruled out for the game meaning there could be some big fireworks for the Colts. Andrew Luck is having another Andrew Luck type year and TY Hilton is having an incredible year with 82 receptions, 1,345 yards and 7 touchdowns. Look for TY to have a monster game versus the Bengals.
Indianapolis will have to put up with Bengals’ running back Jeremy Hill. Hill has come along nicely these past few weeks and is not the player that ran only four times during the last game.
As bad of a coach Indianapolis has in Chuck Pagano, they have Andrew Luck who may be the league’s next Dan Marino and never having the right formula to win a Super Bowl. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though shall we?
In the NFL, no team that gets shut out earlier in the year will pull a no show in the playoffs. Look for this game to come down to mistakes. I think Andy Dalton makes more mistakes than Andrew Luck.
My Pick: Indianapolis Colts: 31 Cincinnati Bengals: 17