Two teams chasing the playoffs, though on the outside looking in right now, go head-to-head in Denver on Sunday. The Denver Broncos take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a week 15 AFC matchup.
The Bengals have a 7-6 record and are chasing Baltimore for the AFC North top spot. Denver have the same record but have more work to do if they want to catch the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.
Denver Broncos vs Cincinnati Bengals Head to Head
Regardless of whether you look at the overall record between these teams, or the recent record, the Denver Broncos dominate the head-to-head stats. They won the most recent meeting, which came back in 2018, as well as three of the last four meetings and 16 of the last 20.
The win in 2018 was a strong performance from the Broncos, at a time when both of these teams were rebuilding what they had on their roster. Denver receiver Courtland Sutton scored a touchdown in that game, he is still with the club and has developed into a top receiver in the league.
The overall record between these two teams shows 22 wins for Denver and 10 for Cincinnati.
Denver Broncos Form
The Broncos continue to fight for a playoff spot and will do so until that is no longer a possibility. They struggled offensively two weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs but bounced back in style last weekend with a big win over the Detroit Lions.
That was a 39-10 win, with the Denver running game controlling things. Both backs, Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams scored two touchdowns in the game, and this is certainly a strength that the team needs to focus on moving forward.
Overall, these two have combined for 15 touchdowns this season, and with both of them able to carry a strong workload, the Broncos can keep running the ball and tire out their opponents. If Denver do make the playoffs, these two players are likely to be the driving force behind that success.
Cincinnati Bengals Form
The Cincinnati Bengals we are seeing at the moment is not the same team we saw earlier this season. They come here on the back of two defeats, and overall, they have lost four of their last six games.
In those four defeats, they have conceded 34, 41, 41 and 26, so there is a lot of defensive work needed and this is something Denver will want to take advantage of.
With the ball, running back Joe Mixon leads the team with 14 touchdowns and given the Denver run game, expect to see a lot of the ball on the floor in this one. When quarterback Joe Burrow does go long in the air, look out for Ja’Marr Chase, who is having an excellent year with 10 touchdowns and over 1000 receiving yards so far on the season.
The pressure is on these players to score, given defensive issues for the team, but they are certainly capable of doing that.