Denver (0-0) at Cincinnati (0-1), Sunday, 7:00 p.m. EDT, Sports.com Line: Cincinnati -3.5 Total: 32.5
The defending AFC North champs continue their preseason Sunday night as they host Denver. Both teams return to the site where the Broncos opened the 2009 regular season with a dramatic 12-7 win, propelled by the longest game-winning touchdown (87 yds) from scrimmage in the fourth quarter of a game in NFL history. NFL Scores
Second-year head coach Josh McDaniels led the Broncos to a 6-0 start in 2009 before fading down the stretch where the team won just two of its final 10 games. After losing their season-opener last season, the Bengals went on to finish with 10 wins, but lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs to the Jets. Cincinnati dropped its preseason opener to Dallas 16-7 in the Hall of Fame Game. The Bengals gained only 179 total yards and committed four turnovers. NFL Betting Lines
This is the first time these two teams are meeting in the preseason since 1981. Denver is opening its preseason on the road for a 13th straight season. Football Lines
First-round draft pick Tim Tebow and off-season acquisition Brady Quinn will get a chance to show what they can do for Denver after starter Kyle Orton leaves. J.T. O’Sullivan and Jordan Palmer (Carson’s younger brother) will again handle the bulk of snaps for the Bengals.
If the Bengals still can’t protect the football, Denver should cover the spread:
FoxSheets shows thatDENVER is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) when their defense forces 2 turnovers since 1993. The average score was DENVER 25.5, OPPONENT 15.8.