One of the most important games of the NFL season streams live online Monday Night, as the Denver Broncos can watch the Cincinnati Bengals drive a nail into the coffin of their playoff hopes — or the Broncos, with a win at home on NFL Monday Night Football, can put themselves in a position to steal the No. 1 seed in the AFC postseason.
The scenario for both teams depends on the New England Patriots suffering what would be a stunning upset loss on the road to the 5-10, AFC East last place Miami Dolphins next Sunday, January 3.
That may be an unlikely scenario. But if it occurs, the winner of the Bengals vs. Broncos game must win the final game of the season to grab that top seed and with it, home field advantage in both the divisional playoff round and conference final.
For the Broncos, that means winning a home game against the San Diego Chargers, a 4-11 team. For the Bengals, also playing at home, it means beating the Baltimore Ravens, who are probably more dangerous than their disappointing 5-10 record would indicate, as the Pittsburgh Steelers found out on Sunday.
Of course, if the Patriots, who are early eight-point favorites against the Dolphins, win in Miami as expected, the top seed off the table for the winner of the Monday Night game — but the second seed in the AFC remains in play for Cincinnati, whose 13-3 record, if they beat both the Broncos and Ravens, would tie the Patriots.
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But New England holds the tiebreaker based on wins over common opponents. A second-seed finish for the Bengals would grant them a crucial bye week, however, allowing injured quarterback Andy Dalton extra time to get back in the lineup.
Watch an in-depth preview of the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos game in the video below from That’s Good Sports.
To find out how to watch the crucial Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Denver Broncos Week 16 Monday Night Football game live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. local time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado — 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific.
As big as the game will be for both teams’ playoff prospects, the Monday Night Football matchup will feature a showdown of backup quarterbacks, as Denver’s Brock Osweiler starts his sixth straight game since taking over from the injured and, frankly, ineffective Peyton Manning.
For Cincinnati, second-year backup A.J. McCarron — who guided the Alabama Crimson Tide to back-to-back National Championships in 2012 and 2013 — makes his second start after taking over mid game when Dalton broke his thumb on December 13 in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
McCarron will be missing one of his top weapons in tight end Tyler Eifert, who must sit out the Monday Night game with concussion symptoms.
Also working against the Bengals — the franchise has not won a Monday Night Football game on the road since 1990, and are just 3-16 overall on the franchise history on Monday Night Football.
To watch the Week 16 NFL Monday Night Football game live online, the Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Denver Broncos, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link. Note that due to NFL contractual requirements, the game will not be available via the WatchESPN app on smartphones. However, it will be streamed live not only on traditional computers, but also on set-top internet boxes such as Roku and Apple TV, as well as on tablets, such as the Apple iPad.
Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels — including ESPN — costs $20 per month and can be accessed on mobile devices with the Sling TV app, as well as on computers and some set-top devices. Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after they watch the Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Denver Broncos game streaming live online.
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