Monday Night Football Bills vs Bengals Preview and Prediction

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Monday Night Football Bills vs Bengals preview and prediction.
Monday Night Football Bills vs Bengals preview and prediction. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

This much-anticipated potential AFC championship matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals features injuries at key positions on both defenses. As such, this projects to be an offensive shootout that will likely have big implications for playoff seeding.

Buffalo Bills - SIC Score 85.6

Buffalo’s defensive injury issues continue with the absence of Von Miller and the slow ACL recovery of cornerback Tre’Davious White. Free safety Jordan Poyer is also dealing with a knee injury that has him questionable for this huge matchup.

Poyer will likely play through but could have limited mobility against Cincinnati's stacked passing attack.

On offense, Josh Allen is healthy and has veteran center Mitch Morse back. Morse missed last week while in concussion protocol.

The Bills rank seventh in passing yards and eighth in rushing yards this season, plus they have their entire offensive line healthy.

Cincinnati Bengals - SIC Score 89.3

Ohio’s best football team lost a key piece in right tackle La’el Collins in Week 16. Other than that the offense is completely healthy, including star wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Tight end Hayden Hurst is also back in full this week from his calf strain.

On the defensive line, Trey Hendrickson is playing despite suffering a broken wrist two weeks ago. Fellow defensive end Sam Hubbard is questionable to play after missing the last contest with a calf strain, however.

Calf injuries are notoriously tough for defensive linemen to play through effectively and Hubbard will likely rotate in with the backup if he’s active.

The loss of No. 1 corner Chidobe Awuzie continues to have a big impact in the secondary, where the Bengals have allowed the 12th-most passing yards in the league.

Accordingly, expect Stefon Diggs to be targeted early and often.

Bills vs. Bengals Week 17 Odds

The Bills are favored by 2.5 points on the road and the over/under is 50.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

Injury Based Player Prop Prediction

Stefon Diggs Over 76.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

Cincy's secondary remains thin without Awuzie, who was lost to a torn ACL in Week 8. That should result in another big day for Diggs, who's averaging 88.3 receiving yards per game.

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