Broncos vs Bengals : The Broncos inactives are cornerback Tramaine Brock, linebacker Jeff Holland, outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, inside linebacker Brandon Marshall, defensive end DeMarcus Walker, and guards Sam Jones and Nico Falah.
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For the Bengals, their inactives are wide receiver Auden Tate, linebacker Brandon Bell, cornerback Tony McRae, tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Cordy Glenn, wide receiver Josh Maloneand defensive end Kasim Edebali.
The winner of this game keeps their playoff hopes alive, while the other is likely looking for Christmas miracles.
For the Denver Broncos, they are coming off two huge wins against the Los Angeles Chargersand Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Cincinnati Bengals are nursing a three-game losing streak and searching for answers.
This is a game the Broncos should win, which should scare any fan of the Orange and Blue. One good thing that has been happening is that the coaching staff is beginning to learn how best to use its rookie weapons on offense. Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave is finding ways to get the ball into the most explosive weapon they have on offense: running back Phillip Lindsay.
“That was one thing we noticed early on with this guy,” Musgrave said on Thursday. “Not everybody has the vision in between the tackles and he does. He’s not the biggest guy out there, but he has great vision. He can find that crease in that crevice and then of course, he just hits it full speed before it can close up in an instant.”
Royce Freeman may be a great running back in this league, but the Broncos have a hot hand and are trying to ride it into the playoffs. His time will come, but right now Lindsay is the home run threat this offense has desperately needed.