Denver Broncos (11-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-4-1)
|Date & Time||Monday December 22, 2014, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +3 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals meet Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Denver Broncos have won four straight games and have already wrapped up the AFC West. Peyton Manning is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Manning has three touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Broncos have 57 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have combined for more than 2,600 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Wes Welker has eight of his 43 receptions in his last two games. The Broncos ground game is averaging four yards per carry, as C.J. Anderson leads the way with 679 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, the Denver Broncos are allowing 21.6 points, 309.4 yards, and they’ve forced 38 sacks and 21 turnovers. T.J. Ward has 65 tackles and Von Miller has 13 sacks.
The Cincinnati Bengals have won four of their last five games and hope to close out the AFC North. Andy Dalton is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Dalton has three total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and the Bengals have 33 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green have combined for more than 1,700 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Jermaine Gresham has eight of his 50 receptions in his last two games. The Bengals ground game is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, as Jeremy Hill leads the way with 877 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Cincinnati Bengals are allowing 20.6 points, 358.4 yards, and they’ve forced 18 sacks and 19 turnovers. Vincent Rey has 103 tackles and Carlos Dunlap has seven sacks.
The Broncos are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in December. The Bengals are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in December. The road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Although the Bengals are back to playing decent football, they're a team that I haven't trusted at all this season. I know it's only a matter of time before Dalton comes up short and this team begins to stink it up again. Getting the Denver Broncos and the small chalk is usually always the play considering it rarely happens. Give me Denver by at least a touchdown.