e NFL betting lines excitement and anticipation continues to build for the Sunday sports betting matchup between Denver and Cincinnati.
The Denver Broncos will be playing in their first preseason game and rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is expected to see action. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida has impressed coaches and teammates with his work ethic. He has impressed ownership with his hot selling jerseys, which top the charts in NFL sales.
Tebow is expected to see a fair amount of reps at Cincinnati against a Bengal team playing its second exhibition game after losing their opener to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game.
Kyle Orton is still listed as the Broncos number one quarterback and he has looked razor sharp in training camp. He will see limited playing time Sunday as Tebow and Brady Quinn should get the majority of the snaps.
Quinn is trying to resurrect his career after bombing out with the Cleveland Browns. He has shown a strong arm in camp thus far.
Orton will not make it easy for Tebow or Quinn to take his job as his workman like approach and mastery of the offense make him a potentially reliable starter.
SBGGlobal.com Sportsbook opened with Cincinnati as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 32.5.
“There’s nothing in our scheme that he can’t execute,” said Denver head coach Josh McDaniels. “He gets us in the right play 99 out of 100 or 100 out of 100 times and the ball’s going to the right place. He’s making big plays down the field. Things are happening much faster for Kyle than they were last year.”
On the negative the Broncos have been suffering from a rash of injuries in training camp.
Last year’s NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil is feared to be lost for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle.
All pro left tackle Ryan Clady is yet to practice after tearing his patellar tendon in a pickup basketball game in the off season.
Denver’s top two running backs Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter were both hurt in a 7-on-7 drill and are out indefinitely.
The Bengals offense was listless in their 17-6 preseason opening loss to Dallas and head coach Marvin Lewis was not happy.
“I think my overall impression was not what I wanted,” said the coach. “I set out a few things that I wanted to get done, and we didn’t accomplish them. Offensively, we played as a group that had a couple of new people in there, and our offensive execution wasn’t good.”