NFL Preseason Week 1: Broncos at Bengals Odds – 7:05pm EST
The injury riddled Denver Broncos will travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in NFL preseason football for week 1 on Sunday night. Kick-off is set for 7:05pm EST and the Bengals have opened at online sportsbooks as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under NFL betting total of 33. Cincinnati is also a -190 money line choice in NFL preseason predictions for week 1 while Denver has opened at +160. Tonight’s game marks the debut of Tim Tebow with the Denver Broncos, who are playing their first exhibition of 2010. Cincinnati opened preseason play last week with a loss in the Hall of Fame Game to the Dallas Cowboys.
Denver has gone 6-5-1 against the spread in preseason NFL odds since 2007 while Cincinnati has gone 6-7 in that same time span including a failure to cover in their loss to Dallas this year. Tebow was the quarterback sensation of the Florida Gators and the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner that also won 2 national championships. He was taken in the first round by Denver despite plenty of concern about his throwing motion and lack of being a prototype NFL quarterback or pure pocket passes. Tebow is highly regarded for his character and work ethic, however, as well as his athletic ability and that is why Denver chose him. He is also quite marketable as his jersey is the top seller in the entire NFL.
Although Tebow is getting plenty of hype during the preseason, starting quarterback Kyle Orton is having a fine training camp in response to the competition. Denver is suffering from a barrage of key injuries, however, that is putting a dark cloud over their season. All pro left tackle Ryan Clady is the biggest loss and he may miss the entire season and leave quarterback’s blind spot vulnerable in the process. Another offensive tackle, Andre Smith of the Bengals, continues to miss time as he recovers from foot surgery. Rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham is looking like a starter for Cincinnati.
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