Cincinnati Bengals: Second Half Preview Part Two

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Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals at Denver Broncos in Primetime

The Denver Broncos have the potential on defense to be one of the toughest teams in the AFC. The Broncos offense is well, as good as Peyton Manning on that given day. They have shown that the can get the job done but when Peyton struggles, wins are contributed to how well the defense played that game. Denver has the weapons offensively, with Demarius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders being a deadly combination out wide. Peyton has thrown 13 interceptions and nine touchdowns, there in lies the issue with the offense. The 14 total turnovers and 13 offensive touchdowns are a cause for concern.

The defense of this team is a whole different story. The 30 sacks, nine interceptions, 16 forced fumbles with eight recoveries, and four defensive touchdowns are incredible. They very well could be the best defense in the NFL. They have won seven of the eight games the Broncos have played this season, well maybe six, the Green Bay game was Peyton’s best this season. The defense led by Brandon Marshall and DeMarcus Ware should be a match up the Bengals line will need to be prepared to face, especially since it could mean a first week playoff bye.

One thing is certain with the Bronco’s, whether Peyton Manning is playing terrible the week or month, or whole season before, it only takes one game for him to find his rhythm. It is still Peyton Manning and he is still one of the best to play this game. They can not take this game lightly and after last season, it should be circled on the Broncos schedule for home field revenge, after the Bengals had their best offensive game of the year against the Broncos last season.

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