Intriguing Game- Week 3
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
Broncos: Let’s paint the picture here. They are the defending Super Bowl champions, they’re 2-0 and not many people are discussing them in many football conversations. The defense has shown they are still one of, if not, the top defensive unit in football and they lost some pieces from the title team but right now, they are giving up a total of 10 points per game. The offense is still a work in progress and people have been so quick to pencil Paxton Lynch in as a starter this year but let’s not be so quick to judge Trevor Siemian so far. He’s not a bad quarterback and he fits Gary Kubiak’s offensive scheme very well. He’s mobile, he can throw on the run and he’s able to sit back in the pocket and make nice passes down the field. Let’s not also forget that he’s only played in two games and he’ll get acclimated more as the season goes along. After two straight home games that resulted in wins, the Broncos now hit the road and face the Bengals on Sunday afternoon.
Bengals: They fought hard for a victory in week one against the Jets and in week two, they didn’t even bother to show up in a playoff rematch with the Steelers. The running game was nowhere to be found and the Steelers did a really good job at shutting down A.J. Green and Andy Dalton threw the football a total of 54 times and when the Bengals have the running game going and the balance is there, they’re a tough team to defeat especially when the tandem of Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard get it going. As week three slowly approaches, the Bengals will be getting some great news and that’s the potential return of Tyler Eifert who’s missed the first two games of the season with an ankle injury and his absence has really hurt the Bengals offense, especially in the red-zone. Other than A.J., he’s become another go to target for Andy Dalton. They opened the season on the road for the first two weeks which is never an easy thing to do and now it’s time for them to open things up at home.
Broncos Player To Watch– Shane Ray: There’s a reason why the Broncos traded up for him and selected him in the draft last year. With DeMarcus Ware sidelined with an arm injury, it’s this young man’s time to shine. Von Miller will definitely see his share of double and triple teams. Shane can be that complementary piece that every big name needs to take the pressure off of them.
Bengals Player To Watch– Cedric Ogbuehi: It’s more than likely that Von Miller will be looking to attack from the right side. The rookie right tackle will have to be up for this task because Von is able to beat you in a variety of ways with speed, power and just flat out burst. It will be a challenge, but someone has to try and contain one of the very best in the league.
Prediction: When they last played each other, a first round bye was on the line and Denver prevailed with a victory. The Bengals defense will look for a bounce back performance because they really struggled in Pittsburgh. I like the Bengals at home in this one. Bengals 21 Broncos 14.