The Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals both sit at a precarious 7-6 with four games left to play. The winner of this game will position themselves nicely to snag one of the wild card spots in the AFC, while the loser will need to win out or get a lot of luck from other teams losing down the stretch.
For a team like the Broncos with a majority of the roster having mostly experienced losing seasons, there is a challenge for veterans who have been in this position before to keep focus on the game in front of you. One of those veterans is Teddy Bridgewater. He was asked this week how he is trying to apply what he’s learned from past playoff pushes to this year’s team.
“I just tell them to focus on the things that we’ve done well,” Bridgewater said on Wednesday. “You hint on the things that you haven’t done so well, but this is the time of year where you play to your strengths. Everyone comes together and understands their strengths. Understand your weaknesses also but play to your strengths. It’s not the time to try to reinvent the wheel. The more you can execute the things you’re doing well, usually the more success you’ll have.”
That is a good mentality and message to have to the team. It’s also one I hope is shared by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, especially when it comes to trying not to reinvent the wheel and sticking with the strengths this team has shown. The strength is the rushing attack.
Here’s how to watch.
When: Sunday, December 19 at 2:05 p.m. Mile High time
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporting)
Local Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Dave Logan (play-by-play), Rick Lewis (analyst) and Susie Wargin (sideline reporting)
If you see BLUE in the map below, you will get the Broncos-Bengals game locally on CBS. If not, you’ll want to look for some online streaming alternative to get the game or visit a local pub.
Broncos Injury Report
|Melvin Gordon III||RB||Thumb/Hip||LIMITED||LIMITED||LIMITED||QUESTIONABLE|
Bengals Injury Report
|Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Illness||-||DNP||DNP||QUESTIONABLE|
|Joe Burrow||QB||Rt Finger||DNP||FULL||LIMITED||-|
Broncos-Bengals Betting Odds
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Broncos opened a paltry 1.5-point favorite over the Bengals. Since that opening line, things have shifted in favor of Denver. They are now a full three-point home favorite. It is said that home teams get a field goal, so that would mean bettors see these teams as relative equals. At 7-6 a piece, that would make sense.
The Broncos and Bengals traded hits early on in their history notching a 6-6 record when John Elway entered the league. From that point on, it was the Broncos who dominated this rivalry. Elway never lost to the Bengals piling up a perfect 8-0 record against them. Denver drop a few here and there since, but even post-Elway they have been a solid 8-4 against the Bengals. A win this week would be their biggest win over Cincinnati since the overtime game in 2015 when DeMarcus Ware recovered a fumble in overtime to win it.
We got an outstanding podcast lineup for you each week and a big thank you to all who listen to our shows each week. We love you! Go Broncos!
On MHR Radio this week, Ian St. Clair and Adam Malnati believe the Broncos will rise to the occasion against the Bengals as both teams fight for playoff positioning in the AFC.
On the Cover 2 Broncos podcast, Joe Rowles examines the matchups that matter between the Broncos and Bengals in Week 15.
The Dublin to Denver podcast with Michael McQuaid, Colum Cronin, and Stewart Roche preview the Broncos game with the Bengals and talked a little about Demaryius Thomas as well.
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|2||9/19/2021||at Jacksonville Jaguars||11:00 AM||CBS||23-13||2-0|
|3||9/26/2021||vs New York Jets||2:05 PM||CBS||26-0||3-0|
|4||10/3/2021||vs Baltimore Ravens||2:25 PM||CBS||7-23||3-1|
|5||10/10/2021||at Pittsburgh Steelers||11:00 AM||FOX||19-27||3-2|
|6||10/17/2021||vs Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS||24-34||3-3|
|7||10/21/2021||at Cleveland Browns (TNF)||6:20 PM||NFLN||14-17||3-4|
|8||10/31/2021||vs Washington Football Team||2:25 PM||FOX||17-10||4-4|
|9||11/7/2021||at Dallas Cowboys||11:00 AM||FOX||30-16||5-4|
|10||11/14/2021||vs Philadelphia Eagles||2:25 PM||CBS||13-30||5-5|
|12||11/28/2021||vs Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||28-13||6-5|
|13||12/5/2021||at Kansas City Chiefs (SNF)||6:20 PM||NBC||9-22||6-6|
|14||12/12/2021||vs Detroit Lions||2:05 PM||FOX||38-10||7-6|
|15||12/19/2021||vs Cincinnati Bengals||2:05 PM||CBS||10-15||7-7|
|16||12/26/2021||at Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS||13-17||7-8|
|17||1/2/2022||at Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||13-34||7-9|
|18||1/8/2022||vs Kansas City Chiefs (SAT)||2:30 PM||ESPN|