This Sunday November 11th, the CFL playoffs kickoff. The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders have earned 1st round byes while this weekend the BC Lions will face the Hamilton Ticats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to see who advances to the conference finals.
Bengals vs Broncos: NFL Week 16 MNF Packed With Playoff Scenarios
Denver Broncos: Look to build on playoff positioning
With the AFC West regular season title and a playoff berth secured, Denver can earn a much needed first round bye with a win over Cincinnati tonight. Though it's a longshot, Manning & Co. could still claim the #1 seed in the AFC with two wins, they get the lowly Raiders at home next week, plus a New England Week 17 loss to Buffalo. Although they have won four straight, Denver hasn't been the aerial attacking squad they were prior to their 43-21 Week 9 pummeling by the Patriots. Manning in particular has been limited as he deals with various bumps and bruises plus a flu bug. Defense has been a key contributor as the Denver D has excelled following a rough 39-36 Week 12 win over Miami. Since then, the new Orange Crush has given up just five offensive touchdowns and Denver has won their last three games by a combined 75-43 margin.
Cincinnati Bengals: Seemingly change their stripes on a weekly basis
A playoff party invitation is far from secure for Cincinnati but they do control their own destiny heading into this contest. The Bengals 37-37 tie versus Carolina in Week 6 has Cincinnati (9-4-1) placed first in the AFC North but the Steelers (10-5) are hot on their heels and they will to collide in the Steel City to close out the season. Cinci is coming off a 30-0 shutout on the road in Cleveland that was preceded by a 42-21 home blowout loss vs Pittsburgh. Prior to that, the Cats barely beat Tampa Bay 14-13 on the road in Florida - the Bucs (2-13) sit last overall in the NFL. Grinding it out on the ground with running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard is a top priority for the Bengals as QB Andy Dalton has led the stripe changing parade in the Queen City. Dalton has just 16 TD and has thrown 14 INT and the Bengals sit 26th overall with just 3054 passing yards.
Broncos vs Bengals Trends: Key trends point to Denver earning a road win tonight. Manning is a mind boggling 22-1 vs the AFC North during his stellar career. Since The Sheriff joined the Broncos in 2012, Denver is 11-1 in December including a perfect 6-0 record on the road. The Mile High Crew has pounded the rock recently as C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson have racked up 627 rushing yards (156.7 YPG) over their last four games. Only four teams have given up more rushing touchdowns than the 15 the Bengals have allowed - Denver has allowed eight. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is 6-12 ATS in nationally televised games. Dating back to 1983 Denver is 13-2 versus Cincinnati (5-2 in Ohio) and they have won four straight.
MNF Prediction: Not concerned by the "What's wrong with Peyton" debate, we are backing the Broncos defense and rushing attack with a 500 unit wager on the spread price posted at the Bet365 online sportsbook.
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