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Monday Night Preview: Broncos vs. Bengals
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Monday Night Preview: Broncos vs. Bengals
Monday December 22nd, 2014

The Cincinnati Bengals are hoping to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year and can lock down a postseason berth on Monday Night Football with a win over the Denver Broncos.

The Bengals, however, have lost 13 of their last 15 meetings with the Broncos, who are 3-point road favorites for the matchup. Denver has already won the AFC West but is still chasing New England for the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC.

Cincinnati is coming off a 30-0 rout of the Cleveland Browns on the road last week as a 2-point underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Bengals made life very difficult for Cleveland rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, who played poorly in his first career start with just 80 passing yards and two interceptions. Offensively, Cincinnati got 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns from rookie running back Jeremy Hill. The Bengals have won their past four games as home underdogs.

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The Broncos are 6-2 straight-up and against the spread in their last eight games as road favorites. They earned a 22-10 road victory against the San Diego Chargers last Sunday, with the closing NFL betting lines showing them as 4.5-point chalk.

Denver continues to get solid production from running back C.J. Anderson, who carried the ball 29 times for 85 yards, while QB Peyton Manning passed for 233 yards and one TD to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Anderson has averaged more than 27 carries per game over his past four outings for the Broncos, totaling 478 yards and four scores.

This Denver vs. Cincinnati betting matchup might be a low-scoring game considering the strength of each team’s running game lately. However, a few NFL betting trends suggest otherwise. The OVER is 6-3 in the last nine meetings between the teams, and the OVER is also 4-1 in the past five home games for the Bengals and 9-3 in their previous 12 as a home dog. While the UNDER has cashed in each of the last three road games for the Broncos, the total had gone OVER in their previous three away from home.

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