Monday Night preview: Bengals vs. Broncos
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Monday Night preview: Bengals vs. Broncos
Monday December 28th, 2015

In the final Monday Night Football installment in the 2015 NFL season fans will be treated to a potential playoff preview as the Denver Broncos host the Cincinnati Bengals. Neither team is heading into the postseason with any sort of momentum, which makes this game quite difficult to handicap.

The Bengals head into Monday’s matchup coming off a 24–14 road victory over the 49ers, but there’s no doubt that this team is a shell of what they were now that A.J. McCarron is under center.

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​McCarron played well enough to win against an awful 49ers squad last week, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can hang in there against a formidable Broncos defense. It won’t help that the Bengals are 0–8 straight up in their last eight games on the road against the Broncos according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

On the other side of things, the Broncos will look to recover from a complete collapse as they blew a two-touchdown lead in Pittsburgh last Sunday. Last week’s loss was the second straight for a Denver side that is starting to be questioned as the postseason draws nearer.

The Broncos are 20–8 SU in their last 28 games, but a winless 0–3 against the spread in their last three games as home favorites. The luster is starting to wear off starting quarterback Brock Osweiler, who looked great immediately after replacing Peyton Manning at quarterback, but who has looked average since then.

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In a game where neither team really looks to have an advantage over the other, it’s usually wise to take the points. Sportsbooks monitored by are offering the Bengals at +3, and that’s enticing enough to jump in here.

The total has also gone UNDER in 10 of Cincinnati’s last 14 games on the road, and it’s hard to imagine the Bengals winning this game if it turns into a shootout since they have the inferior quarterback.

If you’re looking for a bigger payout, the Bengals and the UNDER look like correlated outcomes, and a parlay of the two could help you end 2015 on a grand note.

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