Broncos vs. Bengals Total Prediction
Following a big win over the Steelers, will the Denver Broncos avoid a letdown when they go on the road this Sunday to face the Cincinnati Bengals at 1PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
365 Denver Broncos at 366 Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, December 2, 2018
1PM ET – Paul Brown Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Broncos are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -5 points against the Bengals. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 45 points. The public betting for this game currently has 77 percent going on the Broncos on the road.
Denver back in the mix
Denver has beaten the Chargers and Steelers the last two weeks to get back into the playoff mix. The Broncos are 5-6 overall now, 5-5-1 against the spread and 7-3-1 with the under. They have hit the under in three straight games.
The Broncos don’t have impressive numbers on either side of the ball this year, but the defense is improving. They are giving up 22.9 points and 389.3 yards per contest his year. Von Miller is leading the unit with 11 sacks while Bradley Chubb has nine. Offensively, Denver is putting up 22.9 points and 366.1 yards per game. Rookie Phillip Lindsay has emerged as a solid back. He has rushed for 780 yards and six touchdowns. Quarterback Case Keenum has thrown for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions while Emmanuel Sanders has 67 receptions for 849 yards and four scores.
Bengals falling apart
Cincinnati has lost three straight and five of its last six following a 35-20 loss at home to the Browns last week. The Bengals are now 5-6 overall, 5-6 against the spread and 8-3 with the over. Cincy has hit the over in four straight games.
The Bengals have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. They rank 32nd in scoring defense (31.5 ppg) and total defense (439.6 ypg). They are also 31st in both pass defense (292.2 ypg) and rush defense (147.5 ypg). Offensively, the Bengals are putting up 25.1 points and 333.2 yards per contest. Andy Dalton is lost for the season with a thumb injury. He had 2,566 yards and 21 touchdowns. Jeff Driskel steps in for him the rest of the year. He has 239 passing yards with one touchdown. Driskel should get A.J. Green back this week. He has missed multiple games with a toe injury. Green has 45 receptions for 687 yards and six touchdowns this year. Joe Mixon is the leading rusher with 673 yards and five scores.
NFL Betting Trends
The Broncos are 14-6 with the under in their last 20 games in December and 9-3 with the under in their last 12 games against a losing team.
The Bengals have hit the over in five of their last six games following a loss and in four straight on fieldturf.
Cincy hasn’t been stopping anyone on defense, but the Broncos aren’t lighting the world on fire offensively. I do think they will have success against the Bengals, but not enough to carry the over. Cincinnati is likely to struggle on offense without Dalton starting. The Denver pass rush will give Driskel a lot of problems and I think that is what will keep the total under.
NFL Prediction: Broncos/Bengals Under 45