Tonight on ESPN Monday Night Football the Denver Broncos will try to clinch a first round bye when they host playoff hopeful Cincinnati at 8:30 PM ET. Broncos vs Bengals Betting Odds have Denver -4 on the spread with 67% of expert MNF predictions on the road betting favorite. Cincy (9-4-1 SU 7-6-1 ATS) demolished the Browns 30-0 as +2.5 road underdogs and can clinch a playoff berth with a win. Denver (11-3 SU 7-7 ATS) will be going for their 5th straight win after winning 22-10 last week at San Diego as -4 favorites. Can the Bengals take things to the next level and knock off the Superbowl favorites in the ESPN spotlight? Our handicappers give our expert MNF predictions against the betting odds. Broncos vs Bengals Betting Odds have Cincy as +160 moneyline underdogs to win straight up (Bet $100 to win $160) at BOVADA.LV
Expert MNF Predictions Analysis: Bengals QB Andy Dalton (82.9 passer rating) is a model of inconsistency and Denver’s above-average defense (12th points allowed) should be able to force the young signal-caller into mistakes. The Bengals will try to take pressure off Dalton by pounding 240 Lb. bruiser Jeremy Hill (877 yards 5.0 yards per carry 8 TD) but Denver’s run defense is outstanding allowing only 3.2 yards per carry (2nd NFL). Denver’s offense has stalled out in recent weeks, scoring fewer than 30 points for the 3rd consecutive week. Peyton Manning (106.4 passer rating) hasn’t looked quite like himself but rookie RB C.J. Anderson (679 yds. 4.6 YPC 4 TD) has played like a stud. Cincinnati’s secondary has proved to be among the NFL’s best ranking 1st in defensive passer rating but the pass-rush has been dismal ranking dead last in sacks. Broncos vs Bengals Betting Odds Over/Under is at 47.0 points
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ESPN2 News Bottom Line: The Bengals are talented and desperate for a win but the Broncos look like the NFL’s team to beat. Manning is not a good bad weather QB but the weather will be manageable in the mid 40’s with only light wind and rain. Bet the more reliable and balanced Broncos to clinch home-field advantage with a cover as -3 road favorites.
ESPN2 News Expert MNF Picks: Denver -4 spread