Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos head to Ohio to close NFL week 16 betting when they face Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football.
There is more on the line for the home team Bengals as the Broncos have already punched their ticket to the playoffs, while Cincinnati is still battling for a spot from the highly competitive AFC North.
The visiting, high-octane Denver Broncos are listed as a mere one field goal favorite over the Cincinnati Bengals. Even after accounting for the typical three-point favoritism enjoyed by the home team, the Monday Night Football spread is betting on a motivated Bengals team that is clawing for a playoff berth while the banged up Broncos are fighting for home-field advantage.
Jon Gruden discusses the Bengals' issues during primetime night games and Peyton Manning's struggles. WATCH: http://t.co/QnNliTYB5N
— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) December 17, 2014
This game will be played under ESPN’s bright lights of primetime, where Peyton Manning is surgical and Andy Dalton is anything but.
Matchup: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Dec. 22, 2014
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Denver Vs Cincinnati
Point Spread: Broncos -3
Game Total: 47.5
Analyzing My Denver Vs Cincinnati Monday Night Football ATS Upset Pick
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 show signs of aging as he has thrown three touchdowns and two picks in his last three games.
The jaw-dropping WR duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have combined for more than 2,600 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while head-case Wes Welker has eight of his 43 receptions in his last two games.
The Broncos ground game is averaging four yards per carry with C.J. Anderson leading the way with 679 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Over the last four he is averaging 119.5 rushing yards and has a total of four TDs. They are resting Monte Ball and Ronnie Hillman in hopes they can return for the playoffs.
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.
Peytong showed flu-like symptoms and suffered a thigh injury in the 22-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers last week, but was able to throw for 233 yards and a score in that game.
"I had a rough night. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t an enjoyable night," Manning said. "It came out of nowhere. I was in some discomfort and had some limitations. "If you can’t do your job, you can’t move, if you hurt yourself, you hurt the team."
— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) December 19, 2014
RB CJ Anderson has been a great revelation over the last few games, averaging 119.5 rushing yards and four TDs over the last four outings.
The Cincinnati Bengals have won four of their last five games and hope to close out the AFC North. This is a must win game if they want to keep pace with division rival Pittsburgh Steelers who won yesterday. The Bengals close the season out against the Steelers next week, in a game that has been bumped to prime time.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 22, 2014
On the season, Andy Dalton is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 3008 yards, 15 TDs & 14 INTs with an 82.9 passer rating in 2014. Dalton has three total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games. 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 on 177 carries.
The Bengals have the 23rd ranked passing offense and the 6th best-rushing unit.
Andy Dalton's career by start time: Afternoon: 37-16-1, 58.3 QBR. After 7p: 2-6, 19.4 QBR pic.twitter.com/EFgcHrOmtM
— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) December 20, 2014
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.
Cincy is coming off a 30-0 victory over Cleveland, where their defense held Johnny Manziel and the Browns to just 107 total yards in the afternoon.
The Broncos are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on field turf, but 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in December, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
The Bengals are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a home underdog and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in December.