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MNF Odds Preview: Broncos vs Bengals

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A battle for a first round bye goes down on Monday Night Football when the Broncos welcome the Bengals to Mile High Stadium. The Bengals were able to secure a win in AJ McCarron’s first full game under center last week, while the Broncos are starting to show some signs of wear and tear as the season winds down with two straight losses.

Shark Bites
  • The Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in Week 16.
  • The total has gone over in 12 of the Broncos' last 13 games against AFC North teams.
  • The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as favorites.

Cincy was able to cover the spread last week against the lowly 49ers and are now an impressive 11-2-1 ATS on the season. Even more remarkable is their flawless 7-0 road ATS record. Despite being 0-5 SU in their last five games in Denver, they’ve managed to go 4-2 ATS in their last six game at Mile High. The Bengals have also been a reliable road bet in December games the past few seasons, going 7-2 ATS in their last nine December road games.

It appears as if a quarterback controversy might be rearing its ugly head in Denver—and right in time for the playoffs! Brock Osweiler has been a completely different quarterbacks after half time this season, with his QB rating dropping 44 points, and his completion percentage dropping 23.3 points in the second half. The Broncos’ defense, which had been viewed as one of the league’s best, were absolutely lit up by Ben Roethlisberger for 380 passing yards last week.

The total opened at 40.5 and these teams have gone OVER in four of their last five games against each other.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors who were going with the Denver Broncos in this one found them listed as -3.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Fans betting on totals have seen that number set earlier in the week at 42 for Monday.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 23-17 result in favor of the Broncos. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Denver Broncos Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Cincinnati Bengals have seen them go 11-3 and 11-2-1 ATS so far this season, while the Denver Broncos are at 10-4 and 7-5-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Broncos are 5-7-2, while the Bengals are 7-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Denver vs Cincinnati injuries news.

The Denver Broncos sit at No. 8 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Cincinnati Bengals are at No. 6 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Denver Broncos No. 18-ranked offense (22 PPG) against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that ranks No. 1 at 17.36 PPG. The Broncos passing attack has averaged 242.86 yards per game, less than the Bengals give up through the air (244.07 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cincinnati Bengals feature the league's No. 1-rated road run defense, allowing 76 yards per game. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, ranks No. 18 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

San Francisco couldn't keep Jeremy Hill out of the end zone in their last game and it cost them a 24-14 loss against the Bengals.

In their last game, the Broncos got 3 passing scores out of Brock Osweiler, but lost 34-27 to the Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Betting Trends
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cincinnati is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 8 games
  • Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Denver is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Denver is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • Denver is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • Denver is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati

Next Betting Matchups

Cincinnati home to Baltimore, Sunday, January 3rd
Denver home to San Diego, Sunday, January 3rd