Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 9

Denver travels to Cincinnati this week to see if they can extend their quickly improving record while the Bengals are hoping to get out of their downward spiral. Denver is 4-3 and Cincinnati is 3-4. Denver is 1st in the AFC West and has helped themselves towards the playoffs by beating division rivals Oakland and San Diego. Cincinnati is 1-3 in its division splitting games with the Dolphins and losing to Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Denver is on a two game win streak, Cincinnati is on a three game losing streak. This could be an easy chance to pick a team to cover the spread.

How do these two teams stack up in terms of productivity? On average Denver has produced more rushing yards and more passing yards per game than Cincinnati. Defensively Denver has prevented more passing yards and more running yards on average per game than Cincinnati. At QB the Broncos have Payton Manning who has been fantastic lately and the Broncos seem to be gelling around him. Manning is currently the top rated QB in the league. Andy Dalton, QB for the Bengals, has been playing way below his potential. He consistently throws interceptions and his QBR is 52.7 (21st in the NFL).

Denver has scored at least 30 points in all but one game this season. They have allowed an average of 21.7 points per game. Their losses were to Houston, Atlanta and New England, all were fairly competitive games. Cincinnati has been all over the score board but has averaged 23.7 points a game and allowed an average of 26.7 points per game. It makes sense then to think that Denver will get at least 30 points and Cincinnati will come in around 20 points but not over.

Denver is favored to win this game; the point spread is 4 points and the over/under is 47.5 points. This seems like a great game to see Denver cover the spread and go over the total.

What Cincinnati has going for them is a two week break because they are coming off a bye week. They should be able to use the time to get healthy and find some weaknesses in the Denver defense because there are a few. Also, it seems as if Denver CB and defensive star Tracy Porter will still be out for this game due to illness. However, the Broncos still smothered the passing game of the Saints last weekend without Porter so perhaps the Broncos defense is on the rise.

At home this season the Bengals are 1-2 and on the road the Broncos are 1-2. On the road Denver lost to Atlanta and then to New England. The Broncos loss to New England highlights their defensive weakness. Denver held the Patriots to under 200 yards passing but let them run the ball for 251 yards scoring 3 rushing TDs. So if Cincinnati can get a running game going they might score some points. This seems unlikely but it’s the only way for them to win. Having traded games with Cleveland, lost to Miami and lost to Pittsburgh (Denver beat Pittsburgh), it seems unlikely that Cincinnati has anything to offer Denver. Expecting 20 points out of Cincinnati might even be too much. A two touchdown victory for Denver would really launch them into the AFC spotlight.

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