One of the more compelling games of the Week 2 slate surely takes place in the state of Ohio for an all-AFC showdown. Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals will welcome the Denver Broncos which definitely promises to have some playoff implications down the road.
Despite Peyton Manning retiring and the Broncos dealing with some injuries, they’ve stormed out to a 2-0 record to start their 2016 campaign. Quarterback Trevor Siemian has been solid to begin the season, but he’ll be getting a stiff road test from the Bengals’ vicious front seven.
With Cincinnati, in 2016 they won’t be judged on what they achieve during the 16 regular season games. The hope is they’ll qualify for the playoffs and finally, achieve some level of success there. Following a tough opening week win in New York against the Jets, Cincinnati suffered a road loss to the rival Steelers in Week 2. They’re definitely eager to get back to their winning ways against the defending Super Bowl champs.
This should be one of the marquee Week 3 match-ups, and it’s a great way to begin your Sunday as it occurs in the early time slot. Read on below for full game analysis and a betting selection for Bengals/Broncos in this key AFC showdown.
Broncos vs. Bengals Betting Odds:
Denver Broncos +3 (+100)
@ Cincinnati Bengals -3 (-120)
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Broncos vs. Bengals Pick:
Before delving too deeply into the nuances of what promises to be a truly great game for Week 3 of the NFL season – let’s address Andy Dalton’s injury status. The Bengals’ quarterback was seen limping pretty badly following the end of Cincinnati’s game against Pittsburgh. However, he seems to have managed the pain and the fact that he’s been practicing regularly all weekend is certainly a good indication that he’ll start and be ready to go for Sunday afternoon. And that’s a very good thing considering it was A.J. McCarron who took on Denver last year and struggled mightily in the second half, en route to an overtime loss.
With Dalton in this time, at home, and with a favourable time difference, Cincinnati is poised for a big outing. The Bengals have had some issues along their offensive line in the early going of 2016, but without DeMarcus Ware, Cincy can focus all of their attention at limiting the effectiveness of Von Miller. A.J. Green is still a dynamic talent despite a pedestrian first two games, and should be able to connect with Dalton on a bunch of big plays. Denver’s defense is still the best unit in the league, but Cincy has weapons that can hurt any stop unit, and Dalton & co. will do enough to give themselves a chance for a victory on Sunday.
On the other side of the ball, Trevor Siemian has looked pretty solid in his first two NFL starts, but taking his act to the road will be an entirely different story. It’s one thing to put up big numbers against an awful Indianapolis secondary, and another entirely to do it against one of the league’s top units in Cincinnati’s. The Bengals have a big advantage in the trenches, as their defensive line should be able to overwhelm Denver’s banged-up offensive line. Carlos Dunlap remains a premier edge rusher and should be able to exploit some of the Broncos’ back-ups en route to some hurried and ill-advised throws from the rookie Siemian.
I’d expect a very low-scoring affair, with defenses ruling the day in this one. Denver does have solid offensive weapons, but I can’t see them working against a solid defensive unit away from the Mile High City. It’s tough to put faith in a young rookie QB who has never played on the road, so I’m staying away from the Broncos and backing a solid Bengals team as slight home favourites. Look for Cincinnati to do just enough to get it done.
PICK = Bengals -3 (-120)