The Cincinnati Bengals will face a tough test on Sunday when they host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have been on fire lately and lead their division with a 4-3 record, however, three of those wins came in their last four games. On the other hand, the Bengals have had a tough time improving on their 2011 season which earned them a wildcard spot in the playoffs. Don’t expect a quarterback duel, because that is not a fight the Bengals will win, what the Bengals must look to do is limit Manning’s big plays, and hope that they can establish a running game with the law firm.
The Bengals will have a very tough time match up today against the Broncos explosive receivers, but in order to mitigate the Broncos ability to make big plays, the Bengals will need to get after Peyton Manning and force him to rush his throws or not give him the time he needs to survey the field for his play makers. Fortunately for the Bengals, this is a home game, and Bengals fans will need to create a hostile environment, because a lot is riding on this game. A 3-5 record in the first half of the season will not have the Bengals in the position they want to be in if they expect to make the playoffs for a second consecutive season.