Bengals vs. Broncos Betting Odds And Preview

The Denver Broncos are one of five teams in the AFC with 7-6 records fighting for a wild card spot. This week, they happen to be hosting one of the other 7-6 teams, the Cincinnati Bengals. A loss would not end either team’s playoff aspirations, but it would make the road a lot tougher.

Oddsmakers favor the Broncos by 2.5 or 3 points, depending on which sportsbook you choose.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos Betting Odds

SportsbookPoint SpreadMoneylineTotal  
DraftKingsBengals +2.5 (+105)
Broncos -2.5 (-125)
Bengals +135
Broncos -155
Over 44.5 (-105)
Under 44.5 (-115)
BetMGMBengals +3 (-110)
Broncos -3 (-110)
Bengals +135
Broncos -165
Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-110)
BetRiversBengals +3 (-110)
Broncos -3 (-110)
Bengals +133
Broncos -152
Over 44 (-109)
Under 44 (-112)
CaesarsBengals +3 (-110)
Broncos -3 (-110)
Bengals +140
Broncos -160
Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-110)

Cincinnati Bengals (7-6 SU, 6-7 ATS)

Earlier in the week, coach Zac Taylor made a bold statement when he said, “I don’t think anybody wants to play us, quite frankly.” While he sounds overconfident as the coach of a 7-6 team, he has a point. The Bengals are an excellent team on both sides of the ball when they are on.

Joe Burrow is the highest-graded quarterback at PFF other than Tom Brady. While the shine has come off WR Ja’Marr Chase’s Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, he is still one of the most exciting young receivers in the game. Joe Mixon is one of two running backs in the NFL with 1,000+ yards.

The offense does not deserve all the credit, though. Trey Hendrickson may be the best defensive end that no one is talking about. Cincinnati’s defense is one of six in the NFL, giving up less than 100 yards rushing a game (93.1).

The Bengals do have a fatal flaw, though. They lack consistency. They have played well against good teams like the Steelers, Ravens, and Packers. However, they played down to the other team’s level when playing bad teams like the Jets, Bears, and Jaguars.

So, when the Bengals bring their A-game, Taylor is right they are a team no one wants to play. But will they bring it Sunday against the Broncos?

Denver Broncos (7-6 SU, 7-6 ATS)

The Broncos have quietly been one of the more competitive teams in the NFL the last couple of months for two reasons. One is that their defense has been playing lights out football.

Since Week 7, two teams have scored 20+ points. The Chargers’ Justin Herbert is the only quarterback to throw for 300+ yards against them since Week 7. The Broncos picked him off twice and held the Chargers to 13 points. Only three teams have had 100+ rushing yards since Week 7.

Cleveland’s D’Ernest Johnson is the only running back to go for 100+ yards.

On the offensive side of the ball, the run game has been leading the way. In Denver’s four wins since Week 7, the run game averaged 151 yards. While they lost to the Chiefs, the 154 yards on the ground kept them in the game.

If the run game struggles, the Broncos tend to struggle. However, if the run game can get on track early and the defense can live up to its reputation, the Broncos could beat the Bengals.

Betting Analysis

History has been kind to the Broncos whenever the Bengals have come to town. Denver has won 13 of 16 against Cincinnati at home dating back to 1968. Losing Reilly Reiff to an injury and Chidobe Awuzie to the COVID list will not make it easy for Cincinnati to buck this trend. Hendrickson’s status is up in the air as well.

At the same time, it is hard to have faith in the Denver offense.

If the Broncos fall behind early and then abandon the run for the passing game it’s an advantage for the Bengals. Each team’s defense will dictate the ebb and flow of this game, with the winner being whoever can force the most turnovers. Denver is +1 in turnovers, and the Bengals are -4.

Our Pick: Under 44.5

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