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NFL Week 13 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (5-6) vs. Denver Broncos (5-6)

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Everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Broncos.

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The Bengals are hosting the Broncos this week in a meeting between two teams that seem to be intersecting on two different paths. While both teams are 5-6 on the season, Denver has won their past two games against quality teams, and Cincinnati is winless since the end of October.

Due to that unfortunate fact, the Bengals are coming into this game with a chance at a fresh start. After an 0-3 November that featured zero snaps from A.J. Green, who has been recovering from a foot injury, they will now be without Andy Dalton for the remainder of the season after he was placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury. But just like that 2015 season when the Bengals also lost Dalton with a thumb injury late in the year, life goes on. Thankfully, Green has said that he will play in this game now.

With their best player back in the fold, Cincinnati still technically finds itself in the hunt for the Wild Card as well. Their margin for error is extremely low though, and they will need to get some help along the way. Either way, Jeff Driskel will be thrown into the proverbial fire this week for his first start of his career, but he’s shown decent promise in the limited time we’ve seen this year.

The Broncos have become a scrappy team that seemed to have found an identity in the least likely of people. Undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay was an after thought before the season started, but he has been one of the most efficient running backs in the NFL this season. Combine that with a very good defense, and you have a formidable opponent regardless of what the record says. Considering what happened last week, the Bengals just can’t overlooked any opponent from now on.

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Broncos:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (5-6) vs Denver Broncos (5-6)

Date/Time: Dec. 2nd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

Streaming: Fubo TV

Series Leader: Broncos lead the all-time series 21-10

Streak: Broncos have won two of the past three

Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (3-7) vs. Vance Joseph (0-1)

Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).

Radio: The game will air 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).

SB Nation Broncos site: Mile High Report

Weather: High 40’s, Partly Cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals open as, -1.5 [Odds Shark]

Bengals Notes

  • Jeff Driskel will make first-career start. He passed for 155 yards with a passing and rushing touchdown in Week 12. He has a rushing touchdown in two of his past three games.
  • Joe Mixon had 155 scrimmage yards (89 rushing and 66 receiving) last week. In six home games this season, he has 664 scrimmage yards (110.7 per game) and four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) Since entering league in 2013, Giovani Bernard is one of two active players (Le’Veon Bell) with over 3,000 rushing yards (3,076) and 2,000 receiving yards (2,200)
  • A.J. Green aims for his fourth game in a row at home with over 75 receiving yards. He had a touchdown catch in his last meeting with Denver. In six career games against the Broncos, Green has four touchdown catches. Tyler Boyd had seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown last week. He has four touchdown catches in his past four games at home. Green (687 receiving yards and six touchdown catches) and Boyd (841 receiving yards and six touchdown catches) are one of three pairs of teammates with at least 600 rec. yards and over five touchdown catches in 2018. John Ross had touchdown catch last week. He aims for his fourth in a row with a touchdown catch and he has a touchdown in four of his past five games.
  • Carlos Dunlap had two sacks in his last game against the Broncos. He has seven sacks in his past four games against Denver. Rookie safety Jessie Bates is one of two defenders in the NFL (Kiko Alonso) with at least 85 tackles (85) and three interceptions (3). Vontaze Burfict had 12 tackles, a forced fumble and half a sack in his last meeting with Denver. Dre Kirkpatrick had an interception in his last meeting with the Broncos. Shawn Williams has at least 10 tackles in two of his past three games. He is the only NFL player with over 70 tackles (73) and four interceptions.

Broncos Notes

  • Quarterback Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.9 passer rating last week. In his only career start vs. Cincinnati (12/17/17 with Minnesota), Keenum completed 20 of 23 (87 percent) for 236 yards with two touchdowns without an interception for a 138.4 passer rating. He has at least two touchdown passes in three of his past four games vs. the AFC North.
  • Running back Phillip Lindsay (rookie) had 14 carries for 110 yards (7.9 per carry) and a touchdown in Week 12. He aims for his third in a row with over 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. He has 508 scrimmage yards (101.6 per game) and five rushing touchdowns in his past five games. He aims for his fourth in row on the road with a rushing touchdown. Lindsay ranks second among rookies with 780 rushing yards and 967 scrimmage yards. He is averaging 5.78 yards per carry, third-highest in the NFL (min. 100 attempts)
  • Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown catch last week. He has five touchdown catches in his past four meetings with Cincinnati. In his past two games at Cincinnati, he has 187 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Since 2014, Sanders is one of six players in the NFL with over 350 catches (370) and a 13 yards per catch average (13.4). Tight end Matt LaCosse had his first-career touchdown catch last week. Rookie wide receiver Courtland Sutton aims for his third in a row on the road with at least 75 receiving yards. He leads the NFL averaging 19.7 yards per catch (min. 20 catches).
  • Linebacker Todd Davis had 10 tackles last week. He is one of three players in the AFC (Kiko Alonso and Jessie Bates) with at least 80 tackles (82) and five passes defended (7). Linebacker Von Miller has 6.5 sacks in his past six games. He has four sacks in three career road meetings. He leads the AFC with 10.5 sacks. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. had two passes defended and an interception in Week 12. Linebacker Shaquil Barrett had a sack last week.