Bengals Broncos Betting – Bengals Head To Mile High Looking To Parlay Week One Win Against Broncos
With the loss of two of their strongest offensive weapons in Carson Palmer and Chad Ocho Cinco, the chances of the Cincinnati Bengals getting to the postseason this year were severely downgraded. But with a week one win over the division rival Cleveland Browns and a relatively mediocre schedule to open the year, the Bengals are hoping that they can parlay a hot start in to a nice run this season, continuing this weekend with a visit to the Denver Broncos for their second straight sports betting road start.
- Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos
- Sunday September 18, 2011 – 4:15 PM ET
- Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
NFL Betting Lines: Denver Broncos – 5.5
While the Bengals were able to capitalize on the road week one, the Broncos couldn’t keep up with the division rival Oakland Raiders at home as they allowed 16 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to a 23-20 loss. Denver really struggled to stop the run on defense as well as run it on offense, and those are two negatives that are really hard to overcome.
NFL Betting Preview: Cincinnati Bengals
When Cincinnati allowed 17 straight points between the second and third quarter to go down 17-13 against the Browns, it appeared as though that would be the end for their chances of winning. Surprisingly, the Bengals showed resilience and came back in the fourth with consecutive touchdowns to pull ahead by 10 where they were able to hold off Cleveland the rest of the way. Cincinnati was able to run the ball almost at will with Cedric Benson averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and will look to do the same thing against the Broncos to allow their quarterbacks to go over the top. The Bengals did have some coverage breakdowns defensively, but remained stingy against the run and held their own to get the win.
NFL Betting Preview: Denver Broncos
Despite 304 passing yards from Kyle Orton, the Broncos’ attack looked pretty vanilla in their week one loss, particularly in the running game where Knowshon Moreno just couldn’t get going. Regardless of the air attack, Moreno will need to be better and that means his offensive line will need to do a better job as well opening up running lanes. Defensively, the Broncos still can’t find a way to stop the run even with new head coach John Fox now calling the shots. The Raiders gained 190 yards on 39 carries for a solid 4.9 yards per rush, and that simply won’t be good enough for Denver going forward.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
A trip to the Mile High for a second consecutive road game to open the season won’t make things easy on the Bengals, but the fact that their strengths in the running game on offense fit the Broncos’ weaknesses on defense against the run should give them an advantage. Cincinnati might not emerge from this sportsbook promo trip undefeated, but they should be able to keep it close.
NFL Betting Pick: Cincinnati Bengals + 5.5