The Denver Broncos (10-4) are a perfect 4-0 in prime time games this season and with this Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) being their final prime time game the Broncos have a chance to finish perfect on the year when on prime time.
The Bengals are without Andy Dalton and like the Broncos have dropped three of their last six games. AJ McCarron will face his toughest test of the year being on the road against the top ranked defense in the NFL. Brock Osweiler should have a fairly tough test ahead of him as well, but at least he'll have a friendly crowd on his side.
Here are Mile High Report's Bengals-Broncos score predictions and be sure to give yours in the widget below!
Broncos 27, Bengals 13 - Tim Lynch
If the Bengals were not down two of their best offensive stars in Dalton and Tyler Eifert, I would likely still predict a Broncos win, but it would be a field goal or less instead of a two touchdown gap. McCarron appears to be a cool customer with the football and takes smart shots deep, but he has yet to face a pass defense quite like what the Broncos will bring on Monday night. It will be critical for the Broncos defense to get pressure on McCarron early as that will set the tone for the rest of the game. If that happens, my 13 points for the Bengals could be generous.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos may struggle to find success against the Bengals defense. However, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt with the expectation that C.J. Anderson is going to do his thing on prime time. The Bengals run defense looked porous against the San Francisco 49ers early on and I expect the Broncos to run the ball as much as possible. Whatever the final score may be, my gut says it will be a two score victory for the Broncos.
TE Dan Light eager to help team prep for Bengals
To us, rookie tight end Dan Light is just a scout team player. But to the Broncos starting defense this week, Light is Tyler Eifert - and that's a very important player to them.
Bengals 35, Broncos 31 - Pete Baron
Backup vs Backup. That's what this game is all about. Both teams have great defenses, and both offenses are relying on their backup quarterbacks to replace their starters. So who has the advantage? Well, the Broncos have the fans in their corner, but the Bengals have the better offense. One thing is for sure, if the Broncos' coaching staff doesn't make quality halftime adjustments, we will find ourselves with the same outcome that we've seen in the last two week, defeated. When the smoke clears and the dust settles, one fact will always remain: Nobody is as proficient at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory than our very own Denver Broncos.
Ian Henson's "Prediction"
Peyton's not back, but the noise in the stadium is and I don't think Denver will be losing at home much again, let alone on Monday night. Gary Kubiak says Brock's the starter indefinitely, so that pressure is gone for him and the donks are getting healthy on defense. DeMarcus Ware is getting back into it, Derek Wolfe wants a really lucrative contract and Malik Jackson... If you're going to double team Von Miller, Jackson's gonna give it to ya' to the tune of 5 and a half sacks this season. Let me get this straight, Denver's defense is playing at a historical level and you're going to insult them all week? Good luck with that NFL, let me know where to send the flowers.
Broncos 31, Bengals 13 - Ian St. Clair
People seem to forget that the Denver Broncos are 10-4. Last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers was without question the worst performance of the season for the Denver defense. Chris Harris couldn't cover his bed let alone the best receiver in football. The No Fly Zone handed out free air miles to the Steelers. After getting shredded by Ben Roethlisberger, do people really think A.J. McCarron will do the same to the Broncos defense? The key is to shutdown the Cincinnati Bengals' running attack and put the game in the hands of a quarterback making his second career start. Without Tyler Eifert and a hobbled A.J. Green. The hope is both T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart return, which could make a huge difference. Offensively, carry over what the Broncos did in the first half to the second. And run the damn ball. If C.J. Anderson can walk, he must be the No. 1 back. Look for the Broncos defense to rebound in a big way, play its best game of the season, and the team shows up in the second half.
Broncos 24, Bengals 13 - Kelly Fleming
While the last two weeks have been disappointing, let’s remember that the Broncos had 42% of their roster on the injury report, the majority being the defense. Getting back T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart would be huge, and immensely important with the loss of David Bruton Jr. Another hope is that Josh Bush and Siloh Keo have gotten more comfortable on the defense, and communicating with Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. I fully expect an improvement, and against the Bengals’ second string quarter back, he Broncos won’t allow more than one touchdown. The offense hasn’t had much opportunity to fix problems, I expect them to score in the second half, but no more than a touchdown against a strong Bengals’ defense.
Broncos 27, Bengals 21 - Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann
This matchup won't be quite as tough as the one against the Steelers - especially since the Broncos defense will be facing a rookie QB. But make no mistake, the Bengals offensive line has been strong and will not be an easy one to crack, even for our Pro Bowl-bound outside linebackers. And the Bengals' defensive line is going to be a huge challenge for our inconsistent-at-best, porous-at-worst O-line, so Brock Osweiler and his receivers are going to have to be sharp, and the running backs are going to have to hit the holes if the Broncos are going to win this matchup. We will find out on primetime Monday night if the players are going to back up their words and "execute" the plays down the stretch and in the clutch to keep their playoff hopes alive. I predict they will.
Broncos 20, Bengals 17 - Kyle Montgomery
The Bengals are No. 2 in the NFL (No. 1 in the AFC) in Football Outsiders' DVOA, and it's not because of Andy Dalton. It's because they usually dominate both sides of the line of scrimmage, and the Broncos offensive line will have another tall task handling this Cincinnati defense. Still, at home, with everything to play for, and in primetime, I see the Broncos rising to the occasion and taking out the current 2nd seed Bengals 20-17. Von Miller wakes up from his apparent pre-Christmas nap and sacks AJ McCarron twice in Denver's Monday Night Football win.
What is your score prediction, Broncos Country?
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