The Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) head to Empower Field to take on the Denver Broncos (7-6) in week 15 of the NFL regular season. Last week the Bengals fell to the 49ers in overtime 26-23, while the Broncos picked up a win over the Lions 38-10.
It will be a pivotal matchup on Sunday when the Broncos host the Bengals as both of these teams sit at 7-6 and are fighting for a playoff spot.
Believe it or not, even with the expanded playoffs, both of these squads are in danger of missing the playoffs as there are other teams that share the same record in a crowded AFC race. That being said, let’s see how both of these teams stack up to each other so you can get ready to place your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Cincinnati Bengals at Denver
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview: Bengals Drop Fourth Game in Last Six Contests
The Bengals find themselves in serious trouble of making the playoffs after dropping four of their last six contests. To make matters worse, they will have one of the toughest remaining schedules, with all four of their opponents having over .500 records.
Last Sunday, the offense had trouble moving the ball in the first three quarters but caught fire in the fourth quarter to send the matchup to overtime. Although they lost, Joe Burrow finished with 348 yards and two touchdowns, while Ja’Marr Chase pulled down his 10th touchdown and eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark.
Defensively, Cincinnati has struggled as of late, giving up an average of 33.5 points in their back-to-back losses. Be that as it may, the defense played a good game against the Niners, collecting five sacks and holding San Francisco to 100 yards rushing. The Bengals’ run defense is their strength as they’ve held opponents to 93.1 yards per game on the ground.
Denver Broncos Betting Preview: Broncos Look to Ride Momentum For Playoff Push
With the playoffs inching closer, the Broncos find themselves in a similar spot and in the mix for a playoff berth for the first time since 2015. As it currently stands, Denver is in third in the AFC West and has a similar schedule to the Bengals in a tough AFC West division.
The good news is the offense looks like it is starting to put some pieces together as they ran wild on the Lions last week, picking up 184 yards as they improved to 7-6 on the year.
The Broncos are very efficient and don’t turn the ball over much when Teddy Bridgewater is under center. Denver was able to use a combination of Melvin Gordon and Javontae Williams to carry the offense for 198 total yards and four scores last week.
Despite putting up 38 against the Lions, the Broncos have been hot and cold this year, averaging just 23.6 points over their last five matches.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos have been thriving even without the help of All-Pro Linebacker Von Miller. Denver was able to pick up two sacks, force two takeaways, and concede only ten points against the Lions.
They will have a tall task ahead of them against some elite offenses over the next couple of weeks. But overall, this team ranks seventh in total defense (324.8) while holding opponents to 17.5 points per game.
Betting Odds and Lines
Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Broncos as the -1.5 home favorite, with the point total set at 43.5.
Free Betting Pick
This will be one of the better matchups this week as the Bengals’ offense will most surely outpace the Broncos’ offense, but on the other hand, the Broncos’ defense is a lot better than the Bengals’ defense.
That being said, I think a matchup to keep your eye on is between the Broncos’ front seven and the Bengals’ offensive line. Whoever can dominate there wins the matchup.
For that reason, I like the Broncos to overwhelm the Bengals in this one. This should be a low-scoring affair, but over the Bengals’ two-game losing streak, Cincinnati has allowed 11 sacks on Joe Burrow. Denver is also 5-3 ATS as the home favorite and 2-0 ATS in their last two at home.
Back the Broncos!
Free Pick: Broncos -1.5