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Backups lead Denver, Cincinnati in big Monday night game

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It isn’t exactly Peyton Manning against Andy Dalton.

Still, both the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals need to win the Monday night football game between the two. So what if it’s Brock Osweiler vs. A.J. McCarron?

The Broncos are 10-4, but they’ve gone 3-4 over the past seven weeks and they’ve lost two in a row. Their lead over Kansas City is down to a half-game. They could end up with the AFC’s second seed, or they could miss the playoffs entirely.

Osweiler will start his fifth straight game for the Broncos.

The Bengals, however, can clinch a first-round bye with a victory. The Bengals are 0-6 in the playoffs under Marvin Lewis, so a bye could be huge for Cincinnati.

Game time is 8:30 p.m. in Denver.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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