Refreshed from a bye week and sporting their first win streak of the season, the Denver Broncos begin a two-game road trip against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.
Before the bye, Denver walloped the New Orleans Saints 34-14, behind Peyton Manning’s best performance as a Bronco.
Manning went 22-for-30 for 305 yards and three touchdowns, for a season-high 138.9 passer rating. He also found receiver Demaryius Thomas seven times for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Tail back Willis McGahee garnered his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, with 122 yards and a score, against the hapless Saints’ defense.
Denver will try to extend their two-game streak to three against a Bengals team that’s dropped three consecutive games.
Also coming off a bye, Cincinnati’s last game was a 24-17 loss to AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers, when they gave up 167 rushing yards.
The Steelers held the ball for 15 more minutes behind running back Jonathan Dwyer’s 122 yards, and the Bengals could only muster 185 total yards to Pittsburgh’s 431.
Second-year quarterback Andy Dalton had his worst performance of the season, going 14-for-28 for 105 yards and a 56.4 passer rating, and receiver A.J. Green had one catch for eight yards.
The Bengals haven’t had a 100-yard rusher yet this season, and Dalton has thrown at least interception in each game.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Denver is favored by 4 points
Over/Under: 48 points
Prediction: The Broncos are on a roll, and McGahee and Manning should lead them to another win to pad their AFC West lead.
Predicted Score: Denver 30 , Cincinnati 24