Broncos Game Preview: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) intercepts a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Key Matchups:

Broncos offensive line vs. Bengals front seven

The Broncos O-Line has been inconsistent for a good amount of the year no matter who is at quarterback. And they have also been the most injury prone. Losing Ryan Clady and Ty Sambrailo to injuries has not helped their cause.

It will not get easy for them as they face a Bengals front seven. In my opinion, they have quietly become a huge force. And I say quietly because I have not seen a whole lot of Bengals games this season.

With names like A.J. Hawk, Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Vontaze Burfict on the front line, the offensive line better bring their A+ game if Osweiler is going to survive 60 minutes with a mostly clean jersey.

A.J. Green vs. Aqib Talib/Chris Harris Jr.

I am uncertain who the Broncos will use to cover Green, so I just went with the two cornerbacks. If you have an idea on what would be the ideal matchup, leave it in the comments below.

No matter who it is, Green is going to be McCarron’s favorite target. With Tyler Eifert out for the game with a concussion, the star wide out for the Bengals will have a lot of targets come his way.

Harris Jr. surrendered his first two touchdowns in over two years when Antonio Brown beat him twice. It was a good run for Harris Jr., but this game could be the start to a new streak.

Talib has been a bit quiet recently, but I think he could have a bounce back game here. Two of his three interceptions have come against opponents in the AFC North and both of them were returned for touchdowns.

Not to mention the last time these two teams squared off, Talib picked off Andy Dalton and returned it for a touchdown. So if this is the game to have a big day, well you know the rest.

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