Mile High Huddle Predicts: Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals Week 3

The analysts at MHH examine whether or not the Broncos will escape Cincinnati with their undefeated record still intact.

After upsetting the Carolina Panthers and doing away with the Indianapolis Colts at home, the Denver Broncos will hit the road this week. Waiting patiently just north of the Ohio-Kentucky border are the 1-1 Cincinnati Bengals, fresh off of a 24-16 defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. If the Broncos want to move to 3-0, they'll have to do something that no one has been able to accomplish in half a decade; win a September game in Cincinnati. That won't deter Denver. They'll pack the league's best and most opportunistic defense to go along with a much-improved offense whose Achilles' heel thus far has been red zone production.

And, of course, it wouldn't be Broncos-Bengals without some type of a close finish. The gentlemen at MHH tended to agree. Here's a look at how they think Sunday will shake out:

Khalid Alshami (@KhalidAlshami)

Season Record: 0-2

Denver faces a dominant defense for the first time this season in their first road game of the season. Denver's defense also dominates, but Trevor Siemian struggles.

Broncos 10, Bengals 13

Josh Carney (@JCarney_Sports)

Season Record: 2-0

Cincinnati has had a tough time protecting Andy Dalton so far this season due to terrible offensive line play, and that falls right into the hands of the strength of the Denver defense: the pass rush. Even without DeMarcus Ware, the Broncos will still be able to get after Dalton and the Bengals, who haven't quite put it together offensively.

If you love defense, this game is for you.

Broncos 16, Bengals 13

Chad Jensen (@ChadNJensen)

Season Record: 1-1

The Trevor Siemian-led Broncos take to the road for the first time this year to battle a Bengals team already feeling like their backs are against the wall in their division. Even though they've underachieved thus far, Cincinnati has one of the deepest rosters in the NFL and I expect them to come out swinging.

This will be a close one, but Denver drops their first game of the year in hostile territory.

Broncos 19, Bengals 24

Will Keys (@WillKeys6)

Season Record: 2-0

Although a good ground game and a tremendous defense is the key to winning anywhere, it would be a hard sell to see the Bengals fall to 1-2 at home.

Trevor Siemian will perform admirably in his first road start, but a grind-it-out contest ends with A.J. Green putting a tough game on ice with a late red zone touchdown.

Broncos 17, Bengals 21

Luc Polglaze (@LucPolglaze)

Season Record: 1-1

Siemian needs to take a step up and I think he does in the first half, but (as he has in back-to-back weeks) he's going to fall apart a bit in the second half and throw a late interception against that experienced secondary.

The Broncos defense will shut down Cincinnati's passing game really well, but if the Bengals finally figure out how to use the thunder and lightning combination of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, then I think they'll march down the field and score a game-winning touchdown at the end.

Broncos 20, Bengals 24

Ray Roybal (@RoybalSportTalk)

Season Record: 2-0

Denver's defense shuts down Andy Dalton's air attack, containing the Bengals quarterback to 215 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. Trevor Siemian rolls out throughout the game, spreading the ball around for 265 yards two touchdowns.

Broncos 24, Bengals 17

Adam Uribes (@auribes37)

Season Record: 2-0

Denver faces its first road game pf the Siemian era. The young quarterback makes a couple costly mistakes that stake the Bengals out early. C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker both find lots of running room against the leagues worst rush defense to keep the game close going into the fourth. 

A defensive stale mate dominates most of the game but the Denver pass rush gets to The Red Rifle later in the game and sets up the offense for the go-ahead score with just a few minutes left. 

Cincy ties the game and we head to overtime. They make one more play than Denver, who loses a heartbreaker for the first L of the season.

Broncos 24, Bengals 27

There you have it. Unfortunately, the MHH boys aren't too bullish on Denver's chances of victory this Sunday (5-2 in Cincy's favor), but expect a close game across the board.

With any luck, we'll rejoin you after the game on Sunday ready to eat plenty of crow.

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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