The Cincinnati Bengals are taking on the Denver Broncos this week on Monday night, December 28, 2015, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. Game time is 8:30 pm EDT and the game is on TV on “Monday Night Football” on ESPN with announcers Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden along with sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
This “Monday Night Football” game between two of the best teams in the NFL has big time playoff implications. Both the Bengals and Broncos sit atop their respective AFC divisions but neither team has clinched their division. The Bengals have a two game lead over the Steelers in the AFC North but Cincinnati is playing without Andy Dalton so the lead is vulnerable. The Broncos only have a one game lead over the Chiefs and a loss this week could result in a tie in the AFC West. So both teams need to win this Monday night game.
- Cincinnati Bengals +3 at Denver Broncos (O/U is 40)
Even though the Cincinnati Bengals are 11-3 this season they are a 3 point underdog in the betting odds this week to beat the Denver Broncos on the road in Mile High. The Bengals have wins over the Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Chiefs, Seahawks, Bills, Steelers, Browns twice, Rams and 49ers. The Bengals have losses to the Texans, Cardinals and Steelers. With Andy Dalton out, A.J. McCarron is starting for the Bengals and he has a 1-0 record as a starter and he’s completing 70.2% of his passes this season.
The Denver Broncos are 10-4 this season. The Broncos have wins over the Ravens, Chiefs, Lions, Vikings, Raiders, Browns, Packers, Bears, Patriots and Chargers. The Broncos have losses to the Colts, Chiefs, Raiders and Steelers. Brock Osweiler is making his sixth start for the Broncos this week. Osweiler won his first three starts but has lost his last two and he’s now 3-2 as a NFL starting QB.
The over/under for the game is 40 points. The Bengals are averaging 27 points scored per game while the Broncos are averaging 22 points scored per game. The Bengals defense gives up an average of 17 points per game and the Broncos are giving up 19 points per game.
So which AFC division leading team will win this “Monday Night Football” game? The team that wants it the most. Both the Bengals and Broncos are playing with quarterbacks who started out the season as backups so they are even in that regard. It really comes down to will power this week. Find out what happens Monday night when two of the best teams in the NFL face-off in what should be a great game.