The Bengals and Broncos stumble into this game at 3-6. The Bengals have lost three of their last four games and the Broncos have lost five straight. Each team has found a different path to disappointment with varying levels of let down, but now they have both arrived at this game with the same bad records.
The Bengals’ most recent win took a miraculous Carlos Dunlap effort to score the winning touchdown against the Colts. The offense has looked like a disaster since the bye week, and the defense can only do so much to keep the Bengals in these games. It doesn’t help that Marvin Lewis has essentially turned on his team. He has called out John Ross and Jeremy Hill, and he didn’t take Vontaze Burfict’s complaints about refs seriously. The Bengals also sit near the bottom of the league with a negative nine turnover ratio on the season. That’s appallingly bad.
Luckily for the Bengals, the Broncos are one of the only teams worse than the Bengals in that aspect. This team has a negative 14 turnover ratio. This team has been stalled by their lacking quarterback play. The team benched Trevor Siemian for Brock Osweiler. Let that sink in for a second. How bad does a quarterback have to play to have a team think Osweiler (who was gifted to the Browns and then cut by them) gives them a better chance?
It is also getting hard to say the Broncos have a great defense after they have allowed 92 points in their last two games combined. Obviously the Eagle and Patriots have far better offenses than the Bengals, but this defense doesn’t appear to be as impenetrable as in past seasons.
Overall this is a game between the Bengals — who currently own the fifth pick in the draft — and the Broncos — who own the sixth pick — because neither of these teams really have much of a hope at the playoffs even with a win. All that is left here is pride and a worse draft pick to be won.
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) at Denver Broncos (3-6)
Date/Time: Sunday, November 19th, 2017 4:25 p.m. EST
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Series Leader: Broncos lead all-time series 21-9
Streak: Broncos have won the past two games
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (2-7), Vance Joseph (0-0)
TV map via 506sports.com:
TV Broadcast: CBS broadcast with Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst) and Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter). The game will air in the Bengals home market on WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Channel 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington, Ky.
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by 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 (analyst). The game also will be aired to a national audience on ESPN Radio. Broadcasters are Marc Kestecher (play-by-play) and Willie Colon (analyst).
Broncos SB Nation: Mile High Report
Weather: High 50’s; Clear [NFL Weather]
Odds: Broncos are 2.5 point favorites, per Bovada.
Uniforms: White jersey with black pants; the Bengals are 25-30 in that combination since 2004.