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The 2017 Denver Broncos Week Eleven: Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos


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Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bengals at Broncos

LAST WEEK’S RESULT

Prediction: New England 24, Denver 26

Actual: New England 41, Denver 16

BACKGROUND

Words fail me just like the Broncos’ special teams fail them.

Words fail me just like the Broncos’ defense fails them.

Words fail me just like the Broncos’ coaching fails them.

Words fail me just like the Broncos’ offense fails them.

I think that is the order of failure as I saw it during last Sunday night’s latest debacle. It is hard for me to remember, in my over 40 years as a Bronco fan, a season quite like this one. I know that winning has spoiled me. I understand that.

I am just hoping, at this point, for the Broncos to be competitive in a game. Over the course of the last five, they have been in the lead for a total of four minutes of game time.

Four. Minutes.

So, yes, I cannot remember a year quite like this one. And I hope to put it behind me very quickly after the next seven weeks wrap up.

Get healthy Paxton Lynch. We would like to know what Denver has in you.

KEY MATCH UP

One of the most veteran coaches in the league in Marvin Lewis goes up against one of the first year coaches in the league in Vance Joseph.

Who has the upper hand? Whose seat is hotter?

Neither has done a particularly good job and both teams seem to be spinning out of their respective coaches’ control. One (or both) of these guys is likely to be out of a job this off season.

From what I have seen this year, I, frankly, think it ought to be both.

X-FACTOR

Both teams are desperate to win. Both teams’ seasons have unraveled. Both will try to bring their best effort, however…

These are two of the most mistake prone teams in the AFC (if not in the entire NFL) go at it Sunday. Whichever can commit the least amount of bone-headed, egregious, stupid, lack-of-concentration mental errors and turnovers will, likely, win this game.

PREDICTION

Denver’s season is over. The playoffs are far out of reach. What remains now is playing for pride and for position on teams – this one or another. Within that very unfamiliar territory, can the Broncos find a way this week against a team that looks an awful lot like them?

Let’s go with “yes.”

Why the hell not?

Cincinnati Bengals – 20

Denver Broncos – 24

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Link’n’Blogs – 6.9.17 – Greatest Romantic Movies


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

It’s my anniversary today so I thought it would be appropriate to feature a list I came across on Entertainment Weekly’s website last year: The Greatest Tearjerker Romantic Movies. There are some terrific (and terrifically sad!) movies here. Hard to argue with the list. Click the photo!

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The 2016 Denver Broncos – Week Three: Denver @ Cincinnati


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Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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BACKGROUND

22_bengalsbroncos_newsThese two teams met in the playoffs last year in a battle back-up quarterbacks which was decided by a last minute play be the Denver defense. Sound familiar?

When I looked at the schedule this summer, I was pretty sure this one would be a loss. Cincinnati is a perennial regular season powerhouse and Denver simply doesn’t play well on Sunday mornings (MST). However, defense travels and is the great equalizer and Denver has looked the better team in the first two weeks of the season so a Denver win is not out of the question.

KEY MATCH-UP

NFL: DEC 01 Broncos at ChiefsWill Chris Harris, jr. shadow A.J. Green all day or will the defensive back depend on where the star wide receiver lines up in the formation? Either way, if Denver can have success limiting the dynamic Green, the odds tip greatly in the Broncos’ favor. The Bengals haven’t been able to run the ball with great effectiveness thus far this season (I am hopeful that doesn’t change Sunday), and, if the cannot run and cannot get the ball to Green, the cannot beat the Broncos.

X-FACTOR

siemianThe Trevor Siemian watch continues. He’s been steady. He’s been calm. He’s been solid. He’s turned the ball over but only in “plus” territory. He’s got a good arm and good legs. Is he the answer for years to come? I don’t know. I don’t think so simply because he’s too steady and too calm but, is he good enough this season? Well, if he wins this Sunday in his first road start against a team many have picked to be in the Super Bowl, I’ll take him out of the X-Factor category next week. Promise.

PREDICTION

miller-daltonDenver is 2 – 0. The Bengals are 1 – 1. Denver looks to be the better team, looks to have the more complete team and looks to have utterly avoided any kind of Super Bowl hangover. That said, this is a challenging game for the Broncos. Cincy is very good. They lost last week in fairly ignominious fashion and don’t figure to put up back-to-back bad performances. I can see Denver winning this one, but I think the odds and the mojo favor Cincinnati.

Bengals in a close one.

BRONCOS   23    BENGALS  27

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DENVER BRONCOS WEEK SIXTEEN – Cincinnati at Denver, December 28, 2015

Cincinnati Bengals (11 – 3)

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Denver Broncos (10 – 4)

Bengals at Broncos

BACKGROUND

Playoff PictureThe last couple of weeks for the Denver Broncos have very much been a tale of two halves. This dichotomy actually reaches back three weeks, though it has been more radically pronounced in the last two against the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In both contests, the Broncos stormed out to early leads and looked as though they might be able to close the games out early only to see those leads evaporate.

Unfortunately, unless the team figures out their first half/second half splits, the theme of their 2015 season might sound a very similar note.

The Broncos need to win Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals very badly. If they win, they will be in an excellent position to clinch the Number 2 seed in the AFC playoff hunt.

If they lose, they have a very real chance of being the first team in NFL history to start a season 10 – 2 and miss the playoffs entirely.

KEY MATCH UP

McOsThough they won’t take the field at the same time, the match up here is between back up quarterbacks A. J. McCarron on Brock Osweiler.

McCarron comes in following a win against the San Francisco 49ers during which he did enough to manage the game and the Bengals played smart. Osweiler comes in following a perplexing two-game slide during which he looked like a terrific NFL quarterback for 4 of the 8 quarters of those games.

Whichever QB manages his team better, takes greater advantages of the few opportunities these two very good defenses are going to present and handles the playoff-like atmosphere surrounding this game with more composure will lead his team to the win.

I am betting on Brock Osweiler in this one.

X-FACTOR

 

Stewart and WardAll NFL teams deal with injury issues this late in the season and the Bengal and Broncos come into this game very beaten up indeed. I thought the most under-reported story of last week’s loss to the Steelers was the fact that Denver was missing both of its starting safeties and I believe that fact contributed greatly to the comeback the Steelers were able to mount.

That T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart seem on track to play Monday night doesn’t bode well for A.J. McCarron in his second start. I expect their presence to make a significant difference in the outcome of the game this week.

PREDICTION

 

Sanders TDThis is almost a playoff game for both teams. It’s a home game for the Broncos and they let down the Mile High faithful in spectacular fashion during the last home outing. Brock Osweiler is making his sixth start. The Broncos should come out hot after their puzzling performance last weekend and stay hot throughout the game.

I think Denver will win this game and begin to recapture a bit of their mid-season momentum heading into next week’s final game of the year.

Look for the defense to play much better. Look for Osweiler to be consistent for the entire game. Look for Emmanuel Sanders to continue his brilliance from last week.

Look for Denver to win the game.

 Cincinnati Bengals 20 

Denver Broncos 27

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The Denver Broncos 2015 – Predicting The Games WEEK SIXTEEN – Cincinnati AT Denver

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Week Sixteen – The Cincinnati Bengals at the Denver Broncos

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Time to get in a playoff frame of mind. Time to avenge a bad loss from last year. Time to show some late season dominance.

It’s a bit hard to predict this game months away from kickoff, but I am putting my chips here on the idea that the Broncos haven’t forgotten what it felt like to lose to the Bengals last year, and I am betting Peyton Manning hasn’t forgotten that it was one of his worst performances of the year. My guess with this one (played in Denver, by-the-way, not Cincy): the Bengals will need the game more but Denver will dominate.

Make mine Denver…

PREDICTION – Denver Broncos 33 Cincinnati Bengals 24

PREDICTED RECORD TO DATE: 12 – 3

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