For the Bengals to have a chance in this one, they’re going to have to do one of two things. 1. Slow Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense. Or 2. Match the points that he puts up on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, I don’t see a very good chance of either of those happening. At home, the Bengals will use rest off the bye week to keep it close, scoring a touchdown to bring them within seven late, but the Broncos have too much momentum to not take home a victory.
Broncos 27 Bengals 20
The Broncos are legitimate Super Bowl contenders and improving every week, and Peyton Manning seems to have lost nothing to age or last year’s inactivity. The bye week gave the Bengals a great chance to regroup, and they are playing at home, but the gap between these two teams right now is a chasm.Cincinnatiwill at least keep it interesting in the first half.
Broncos 31, Bengals 17
The Bengals are coming off their bye week at just the right time. They needed to regroup and self-scout to see what has been working and what has not. Undoubtedly, Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden will have adjustments, and Marvin Lewis calling out Andy Dalton and Rey Maualuga to be stronger leaders was a great move at the perfect time. How they each respond will be interesting.
While I fully expect the Bengals to enter this game fully prepared and ready to play, the Broncos are possibly the hottest team in football right now. Peyton Manning might not have the zip he used to, but he was never a strong-armed thrower. He is basically running his old offense that he ran with the Colts, when he was the de facto offensive coordinator, and his receivers have gotten in synch with one of the greatest to ever throw the ball. Add a very underrated offensive line and a hard-charging running back, Willis McGahee, who can take advantage of the holes that they open up.
While the Broncos have a very great defensive line, one of the league’s best defensive players in linebacker Von Miller, and a future Hall-of-Famer in cornerback Champ Bailey, their safeties are very weak and A.J. Green could hurt the Broncos on the deep ball. Miller and Wesley Woodyard will do a good job patrolling the middle of the field, but a few deep shots to Green will have them on their heels. While that might not be enough to overcome a Broncos team on a roll, the Bengals can stay more competitive than expected.
Broncos 31 Bengals 27
The Bengals have a huge uphill battle against the Denver Broncos this week as they try to get back to .500 for the season. Peyton Manning has been a Bengals killer his entire career and is 7-0 against Cincinnati. Unfortunately, the Bengals will see more of the same this Sunday as Manning has been red-hot lately and the Bengals secondary continues to struggle.
This one will be a win for Denver as the Bengals fall to 3-5 on the season.