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Week 16 Primer: Denver Broncos (10-4) vs Cincinnati Bengals (11-3)

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All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos.

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GAME: Denver Broncos (10-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-3)
Date/Time: Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Series Leader: Broncos, 19-9
Monday Night Football Record: Bengals: 11-21, Broncos: 29-37-1
Streak: Broncos have won four of the past five
Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 1-2. Gary Kubiak: 5-0
TV Broadcast: ESPN (6:30 PM MT): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter)
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a "triple cast" on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham. Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Jim Miller (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Cin), 93 (Den). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Cin), 226 (Den).
SB NationMile High Report (@MileHighReport)
Weather: [Weather Underground]
Odds: Broncos, -3.5 [SB Nation]
Referee: Ed Hochuli
Uniform: White jersey, black pants (24-23 in that combination)

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • In his first NFL start, quarterback AJ McCarron completed 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 115.6.
  • In his only meeting against the Denver Broncos, running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 147 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.
  • Running back Giovani Bernard had 81 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown reception during last year's game against the Broncos.
  • A.J. Green posted 10 receptions for 124 yards receiving and a touchdown during his first meeting against the Broncos (2011).
  • Green is one of two players in NFL history with at least five consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards receiving or more (Randy Moss, 6).
  • Tight end Tyler Eifert leads the team with 12 touchdown receptions, the most ever by a tight end in franchise history.
  • Safety Reggie Nelson leads the NFL with a career-high eight interceptions and needs two more to tie Deltha O'Neal's club record (10 in 2005).

DENVER BRONCOS

  • Head coach Gary Kubiak needs one win to join Red Miller (1977) as the only head coaches with 12 wins during their first season in Denver.
  • Quarterback Peyton Manning is 8-1 against the Bengals, having passed for 2,429 yards, 22 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a passer rating of 100.6.
  • Quarterback Brock Osweiler posted a career-high three touchdowns last week.
  • In his only meeting against the Bengals, running back C.J. Anderson posted 138 yards from scrimmage and a rushing touchdown.
  • Running back Ronnie HIllman leads the team with 711 yards rushing.
  • In his last meeting against the Bengals, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas generated 115 yards receiving on seven receptions.
  • Since 2010, Thomas has scored 46 touchdowns, second-most among all AFC wide receivers.
  • Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had a career-high 181 yards receiving and a touchdown last week.
  • Linebacker Von Miller has six quarterback sacks in his last six games.
  • Cornerback Aqib Talib posted a 33-yard pick-six in his last meeting against the Bengals.
  • Talib leads the NFL with eight interceptions returned for a touchdown.

TEAM RANKINGS

OFFENSE BENGALS BRONCOS
Total 367.3 (11th) 342.5 (23rd)
Scoring 27.0 (t-4th) 22.0 (18th)
Third Downs 41% (14th) 35% (26th)
Rushing 110.9 (15th) 99.6 (18th)
Rushing TDs 16 (2nd) 10 (t-15th)
20-Yard Runs 4 (t-30th) 6 (t-24th)
Passing 256.4 (11th) 242.9 (17th)
Passing TDs 28 (t-9th) 17 (27th)
Sacks Allowed 27 (t-9th) 34 (t-19th)
20-yard Passes 60 (t-3rd) 36 (29th)
DEFENSE BENGALS BRONCOS
Total 337.3 (9th) 279.9 (1st)
Scoring 17.4 (1st) 18.5 (4th)
3rd Downs Allowed 37% (12th) 33% (t-4th)
Rushing 93.2 (8th) 79.9 (1st)
Rushing TDs 7 (t-4th) 9 (t-13th)
Passing 244.1 (18th) 200.0 (1st)
Passing TDs 16 (t-3rd) 16 (t-3rd)
Sacks 38 (t-6th) 47 (t-1st)
QB Rating 79.3 (6th) 77.6 (2nd)
Interceptions 19 (3rd) 13 (t-12th)
SPECIAL TEAMS BENGALS BRONCOS
Kickoff Return 21.1 (26th) 21.7 (23rd)
Punt Return 8.8 (t-14th) 9.6 (t-10th)
Punting (Net) 40.8 (t-9th) 39.1 (21st)
Punts Inside the 20 18 (t-25th) 18 (t-25th)

BENGALS ALL-TIME RECORD AGAINST THE BRONCOS

Date Stadium Result
12/22/2014 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 37-28
11/04/2012 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 31-23
09/18/2011 Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO) L 24-22
09/13/2009 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 12-7
12/24/2006 Invesco Field at Mile High (Denver, CO) L 24-23
10/25/2004 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 23-10
09/07/2003 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 30-10
10/22/2000 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 31-21
11/01/1998 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) L 33-26
09/21/1997 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 38-20
09/29/1996 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) L 14-10
11/27/1994 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 15-13
09/01/1991 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 45-14
11/30/1986 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 34-28
09/02/1984 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 20-17
10/16/1983 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 24-17
11/22/1981 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 38-21
09/02/1979 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 10-0
10/23/1977 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-13
09/12/1976 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 17-7
11/09/1975 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 17-16
09/16/1973 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 28-10
10/08/1972 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 21-10
11/14/1971 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 24-10
12/14/1969 Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 27-16
10/19/1969 Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 30-23
10/06/1968 Bears Stadium (Denver, CO) L 10-7
09/15/1968 Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 24-10