Both the Bengals and the Broncos are 7-6 and still fighting like hell to get into the playoffs. The difference between the two is that Cincinnati still has a shot to win their division. At this point, Denver is probably out of the running to win the AFC West, especially with the Chiefs winning on Thursday night and pulling further away in that race.
The best way for the Bengals to ensure they make the postseason is to win the division but they have to beat Denver to make that happen. They’re running out of winnable games to finish the season and this is one they have to come out victorious in.
Who is on the call for Bengals-Broncos?
For this AFC showdown, we’ll have Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn calling the game. It’s a little surprising that a matchup between two teams with winning records doesn’t get one of the better announcer pairings but with Jim Nantz-Tony Romo off this weekend, perhaps that’s why. Greg Gumbel and Adam Archuleta are on the Jets-Dolphins game, however, and that feels like a pairing that could have made sense here.
It’ll be interesting to see how this game goes for Cincinnati. They pushed the 49ers to overtime last week but it shouldn’t have come to that. The Bengals gifted San Francisco 10 points and Jessie Bates dropped what should have been a game-winning pick-six. These aren’t things that true Super Bowl contenders do and hopefully, the Bengals have learned from their mishaps.
As of now, Denver is favored but not by much, per WynnBET. If the game were played on a neutral field, Vegas would set the odds to EVEN. That’s proof that this should be a close game.