The 7-6 Denver Broncos host the 7-6 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 and while it’s not an elimination game, both teams desperately need a win if they want to remain firmly in the thick of the playoff race. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET and the game will air on CBS. The Broncos are a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Bengals are tied for second in the AFC North with the Browns, with both teams a game back of the first place Ravens and half a game up on the last place Steelers. Cleveland currently holds the tiebreaker edge on Cincinnati having won their first head-to-head matchup. They play in Cleveland in Week 18.
The Broncos are in third place in the AFC West, a half game back of the Chargers and 2.5 games back of the Chiefs. The last place Raiders are a game back of Denver. The Broncos have a win over LA and losses to KC and Las Vegas in their first round of head-to-head divisional games.
Wild card outlook
The Bengals and Broncos are currently ninth and tenth, respectively, in the overall AFC standings. They are tied with the Bills and Browns for the final wild card berth. Buffalo holds the conference record tiebreaker of the Browns and Broncos. Cleveland holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Cincinnati. The Bengals in turn hold the conference record tiebreaker over Denver.
Relevant Week 15 matchups
Chiefs 34, Chargers 28
Colts 27, Patriots 17
Panthers (5-8) @ Bills (7-6)
Jets (3-10) @ Dolphins (6-7)
Titans (9-4) @ Steelers (6-6-1)
Packers (10-3) @ Ravens (8-5)
Raiders (6-7) @ Browns (7-6)