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Cincinnati and its hot offense had an early three-game win streak before being halted by the Miami Dolphins in Week 5. The problem with the Cincinnati offense is that the line is up and down each week, leaving fans and analysts guessing how they will perform.
If quarterback Andy Dalton is put under pressure, he sulks back and becomes nonexistent. When the Dolphins put pressure on Dalton, he threw two interceptions and overthrew easy targets.
The Bengals defensive line, consisting of the likes of Michael Johnson and Geno Atkins, is responsible for 18 sacks through Week 5. They are also very strong against the run and are great at pressuring the quarterback.
Although the front line is strong, the defensive backfield is weak: something the Denver Broncos should take advantage of often.
Prediction: The Bengals will be feeding off the home crowd. If the red-hot offense from the beginning of the 2012 season shows up, this could be an interesting game of youthful versus veteran quarterbacks. If not, Von Miller could easily pressure Andy Dalton into pulling back and possibly force him into missing targets or throwing interceptions.
Manning's connection with the receivers should be better at this point, and with the weakness of the Bengals defensive backfield, the Broncos offense should run wild.
Final Score: Bengals 17, Broncos 38