5. Cincinnati’s young talent is worth watching
The easiest bet of the week was taking the Bengals +3. It’s not that the upstart Bengals are a juggernaut, but they have young stars at the right positions, and it allowed them to score 17 points unanswered in the fourth.
The addition of Cordy Glenn at left tackle helped spur running back Joe Mixon to a solid day, where he totaled 149 yards on 22 touches and one touchdown. And though he finished with just three yards on one reception, second-year receiver John Ross showed off his potential in the red zone by crossing up Colts corner Quincy Wilson on the goal line for the easy score.
Safety Jessie Bates and corner William Jackson had quality games for the Bengals’ defense. Bates’ development will be especially interesting since the team parted with George Iloka in order to get Bates on the field more.
Also consider the Bengals didn’t get much production from edge rushers Carl Lawson, Jordan Willis, and Sam Hubbard as they will in other games this year.
So yes, it was just the Colts that the Bengals defeated, but they have budding stars in the right places to keep them in the Wild Card race.