The Denver Broncos will be trying for their third straight win to start the new NFL season this Sunday, September 25th when they head to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Denver sits atop the AFC West at 2-0 after downing the Indianapolis Colts 34-20 last weekend while the Bengals are 1-1 and third in the AFC North following a 24-16 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Broncos vs Bengals – Pinnacle NFL Betting Line:
- Pinnacle currently lists the Bengals at -3.5 at home, with the Over/Under at 41.5 points. Money Line – Denver 2.620, Cincinnati 1.555
Broncos vs Bengals Betting Trends:
- Season record: 2-0 SU,2-0 ATS
- Denver is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- Denver is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
- Denver is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games on the road
- Denver is 1-2-2 ATS in their last 5 games on the road
- Denver is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
- Denver is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
- Team record: 1-1 SU,0-1-1 ATS
- Cincinnati is 1-2-2 ATS in their last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cincinnati’s last 13 games
- Cincinnati is 13-6 SU in their last 19 games
- Cincinnati18-6-1 SU in their last 25 games at home
- Cincinnati is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games when playing Denver
- Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing Denver
Denver Broncos – A Closer Look:
The reigning Super Bowl champions have combined their elite defense with a solid rushing game to start the season at 2-0. The Broncos closed downed reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton in their season opener with a narrow 21-20 victory and followed it up with a similar performance against fellow quarterback Andrew Luck in their 34-20 triumph against the Colts last week. The Broncos held both the Panthers’ and Colts’ quarterbacks to fewer than 200 yards and their defense has recorded five turnovers so far with a pair of takeaways against the Colts resulting in touchdowns.
Cincinnati hasn’t been able to get their rushing game going as of yet and that will bode well for the Denver front. The Denver pass rush should have enough chances to put the pressure on Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton. The Broncos’ pass rush will be weakened though as DeMarcus Ware received a broken forearm in last week’s contest. Quarterback Trevor Siemian has been fine for the Broncos so far, but it may get a little tougher for Peyton Manning’s replacement if the Denver defense should happen to stumble.
Cincinnati Bengals – A Closer Look:
The Bengals beat the New York Jets and lost to Pittsburgh on the road and are looking forward to their home opener, but unfortunately it’s against the Super Bowl champs. However, the Bengals have had a good home record over the past two seasons and will give the Broncos all they can handle. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton was sacked seven times against the Jets, but the offensive line protected him much better last week. Dalton isn’t at his best just yet as he’s trying to get used to the team’s new receivers and tight end Tyler Eifert is still missing with an injury.
The Bengals are up against a tough defense and will need a good outing from Giovani Bernard again this week. Bernard had nine receptions for a touchdown and 100 yards in Pittsburgh. The Denver defense isn’t too shabby either though as it played quite well in New York and Pittsburgh. The Cincinnati pass rush pass rush did a fine job against Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and also intercepted a pair of his passes. They should find that Siemian is prone to turnovers as the Broncos’ QB has three of them in his first two outings. Siemian will also be starting his first ever road game in the NFL, so may be nervous and this could lead to some forced miscues.
Next up for both teams:
- Denver is at Tampa Bay on Sunday, Oct. 2nd
- Cincinnati is at home to Miami on Thursday, Sept. 29th
by Ian S. Palmer