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The Denver Broncos (10-4) at in must-win mode on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals (11-3). A win tonight keeps them a game ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs in their race for the West.

Cincinnati Bengals
Monday, December 28, 2015 - 2:05 PM MDT
Denver Broncos




2nd Pass Off. 27th
24th Rush Off. 18th
5th Pass Def. 1st
21st Rush Def. 1st
11-3 Sports Authority Field at Mile High 10-4
1st AFC North Spread: Broncos by 3.5 1st AFC West

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The Denver Broncos (10-4) are slight favorites at home over the AJ McCarron-led Cincinnati Bengals (11-3), which the Broncos defense should take as a huge insult. It helps that the back end of their defense is back on the field, even if they are not yet 100% from their respective injuries.

The Broncos have been a difficult team to figure out in 2015, but one thing has been clear. They show up for prime time games. It started with an impressive road comeback over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 and another road win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3. However, it was the impressive 29-10 beating they gave the Green Bay Packers in Week 8 that was the most impressive, followed by a 30-24 overtime win against the New England Patriots a month ago. This team loves the bright lights of the national stage. The same cannot be said of the Bengals, who are 1-2 in three home games on prime time this season.

From a pure matchup perspective, the Broncos should be able to do more offensively than the Bengals if they stick to running the football. The Bengals defense is not as good against the run as they are against the pass. While the Broncos defense is still the best unit in the NFL and has done very well against inexperienced quarterbacks this season.

The more I look at these individual matchups the more I struggle to see how the Bengals will be able to keep this game close. It may come down to red zone defense as that is an area where Brock Osweiler has shown he can struggle and if the Broncos take field goals instead of touchdowns, then the Bengals offense only needs to produce a drive or two to make this game interesting.

Prediction: Broncos 27, Bengals 13

What is your prediction, Broncos Country?

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