This is a tale of two teams heading in different directions. Since the Broncos were dissected by the New England Patriots 31-21 in Week 5, the Broncos have won two straight key games over the likes of the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints.
The Bengals, on the other hand, have lost three straight games and are losing ground in a tight race for the AFC North division title. The Bengals are coming off of a bye week, after having lost to the Miami Dolphins, and two key division games against the likes of Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Both teams are jockeying for playoff spots. The Broncos have become a trendy pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl in recent weeks. What must the Broncos do in order to keep their momentum and winning streak alive?
Here are 10 keys to the game for the Denver Broncos entering their Week 9 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.