The hometown Cincinnati Bengals are the NFL week 3 odds on favorite to beat the defending Super Bowl champion, Denver Broncos. The game kicks-off on CBS this Sunday, September 25th at 1:00 PM ET, from the Paul Brown Stadium, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
— Denver Post Broncos (@PostBroncos) September 20, 2016
Denver Broncos Vs Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 3 Odds, Pick & TV Info
What: Denver Broncos (2-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Spread: Bengals -3.5
Game Total: 41
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Denver vs Cincinnati
Why Bet The Denver Broncos To Beat The Bengals
The undefeated Broncos hit the road for the first time in 2016 to face the Bengals.
Green QB Trevor Siemian has big shoes to fill but is holding his own. He is completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 444 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Siemian has three interceptions on 59 career pass attempts.
His top targets, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have combined for 226 receiving yards on 17 catches while Virgil Green has seven receptions.
The reasons why the Broncos are winning are their run game and defense. Denver’s ground game is averaging 141 yards per contest, and C.J. Anderson leads the way with 166 yards and two touchdowns through two games.
Defensively, Denver is allowing 20 points and 293 yards per game. T.J. Ward leads the Broncos with 13 tackles, Von Miller has four sacks and Aqib Talib has one interception.
Denver has the sixth best total defense in two games. Yes, they lost OLB DeMarcus Ware to a broken forearm, but they should be okay. Last season, the Broncos led the league in sacks and turnovers forced. So far they have eight sacks and three turnovers forced.
Why Bet The Cincinnati Bengals To Beat The Broncos
As good as the Broncos defense was in 2015, the Bengals pushed Denver to the limit eventually losing 20-17 with their backup QB AJ McCarron. Can a healthy Red Rifle push the Bengals to the win column against Denver?
Andy Dalton is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 732 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Dalton has at least one touchdown pass in 13 of his last 15 games. His top two targets, AJ Green and Brandon LaFell, have combined for 348 receiving yards and one touchdown while RB Giovani Bernard has 11 receptions.
Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 23 points and 357 yards per game. Karlos Dansby leads the Bengals with 21 tackles, Geno Atkins has one sack and Adam Jones has one interception.
This will be the Bengals’ 2016 home debut where they’ve won 10 of their last 14 regular season games.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Denver is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Denver is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
- Cincinnati is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
- Cincinnati is 18-6-1 SU in its last 25 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I don’t feel comfortable betting on an inexperienced quarterback on the road. The Denver defense is good but losing DeMarcus Ware will make a world of difference against a top offensive line.
My final score prediction is Denver 17, Cincinnati 21.