This will be a big test for a Bengals squad that has the firepower to be a Super Bowl contender, and what better team to test themselves against than the defending champs. Denver may not have Peyton Manning at quarterback anymore, but Trevor Siemian has been as good as any passer the Broncos had last year when they won it all.
That’s not saying much for a Broncos team that wins the majority of its games with strong defense and a solid ground game. That’s been their recipe for success during their 2-0 start, which includes wins over Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers and Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts.
But Denver’s defense held those two franchise quarterbacks to a mere 346 yards passing and two scores vs two interceptions and eight sacks. This unit makes even the best NFL quarterbacks look average, so Andy Dalton and his offense have their work cut out for them.
Still, this is a game the Bengals should win if they are a legitimate title contender. They’ll be in the friendly confines of Paul Brown Stadium against a Broncos team that needed all four quarters to win at home vs both the Panthers and Colts.
Oh, and this is also a rematch of last year’s Week 16 clash in Denver, a game which the Bengals dominated the first half of, but ended up losing 20-17 in overtime. That helped give Denver the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC and home-field advantage in the playoffs, which helped them get to the Super Bowl.
The Bengals need this win if they are to make a similar run when the 2017 playoffs come around. Here is everything you will need to watch and follow this matchup.
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
Kickoff Time: 1 p.m. EST
TV Channel: CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter).
Radio: Bengals Radio Network, which includes Cincinnati stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Broadcasters: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Online Radio: The game will also be aired to a national audience on affiliates of Sports USA radio with Larry Kahn (play-by-play), former Bengals assistant coach Mark Carrier (analyst) and Troy West (sideline reporter).
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Broncos SB Nation: Mile High Report
Online TV Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Series: Denver leads, 20-9 overall, but the series is tied 7-7 in games in Cincinnati.
Odds: Cincinnati is a 3-point favorite as of Thursday night with an over/under of 41, per Odds Shark.
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