Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The suddenly hot Denver Broncos (5-3) have defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) by a score of 31-23. In a game that went back and forth through the third quarter, the Broncos took control in the fourth quarter of the game to pull away with a third consecutive win.
The Broncos have now scored 30+ points in five consecutive games and have a firm lead in the AFC West. Meanwhile, the Bengals' playoff hopes are diminishing as they fall lower in AFC North standings.
Denver has a match up with the 2-6 Panthers in Carolina next week while the Bengals have a home match against the New York Giants on deck. Both teams appear to be going in very different directions as Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season approaches.
It was a good game that was arguably decided by a young quarterback's mistakes. Dalton was sacked four times during key points of the game and threw an interception which led to the Broncos taking a 31-20 lead late in the game. If the Bengals are going to turn their season around, Dalton will have to perform better in the coming weeks.
Broncos win, 31-23:
After recovering the Bengals onside kick attempt, Peyton Manning kneeled twice, sealing the Denver Broncos 31-23 victory. The Broncos now move to 5-3 on the season, while the Bengals have fallen to 3-5.
Bengals make it an 8-point game:
Following another field goal, the Bengals now trail 31-23 and will be attempting an onside kick.
With 0;52 to go, the Bengals must recover to have a chance.
The Bengals have a 1st-and-10 from the Broncos' 35-yard line at the two minute warning. Down 31-20, the Bengals must score quickly in order to get back into the game.
Broncos take commanding 31-20 lead:
The game may now be out of reach for Cincy.
The Broncos have drove down the field and scored off a four-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker, marking Decker's second TD catch of the game. Decker now has seven touchdown receptions on the season.
With just under 3:30 to go in the game, the Bengals will attempt a comeback -- but it could be too little too late for Cincinnati.
Bailey picks off Dalton.
Green may have won two battles earlier in the game, but after Champ Bailey's interception that has given Denver the ball at the Bengals' 46-yard line, Bailey may ultimately win the war in the Green vs. Bailey showdown.
After being back on by several holding and false start penalties, the Bengals faced a 3rd-and-25 deep in their own territory, Andy Dalton threw an ill-advised pass out of desperation intended for Green. The pass was intercepted by Bailey, marking his first INT of the season and the 51st INT of his career.
With 8:38 left in the game, the Broncos are driving with a 24-20 lead.
Broncos take 24-20 lead:
Well, that last update must have jinxed Cincy's defense.
Matching the Bengals score, Manning and Co., with the help of a pass interference call, marched down the field and scored on a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joel Dreessen. Denver now leads 24-20 lead.
The Bengals will get the ball back with 11:47 left to go in the game.
Bengals have stuffed Denver's rushing attack:
The Broncos offense has struggled on the ground all afternoon. The Bengals defense has held Denver to just 39 yards on the ground today.
Meanwhile, quarterback Peyton Manning hasn't fared much better, throwing one touchdown against two interceptions. If the Bengals are able to pull off a victory, much credit will go to their defense.
13:05 left to go in the game, Denver's driving.
Bengals take 20-17 lead:
Following a Peyton Manning interception, the Cincinnati Bengals have taken a 20-17 lead over the Denver Broncos after a two-yard touchdown run by Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis. This marks the first time the Bengals have led today.
The Bengals will have to fight hard to hold onto their current lead, as the Broncos' offense, save Manning's two turnovers, has been able to drive the football against Cincy's defense.
The Broncos will get the ball back with 14:10 to go in the game.
Chris Kuper appears to be injured; Newman picks Manning again:
Broncos' starting right guard Chris Kuper appears to have been injured on Denver's first play of their current drive. Kuper, who just came back from a forearm injury, appears have have suffered a knee injury.
A key part of the Broncos' offensive line, Kuper has been replaced by Manny Ramirez, who has been Denver's go-to-guy when an injury on the offensive line has occurred.
Shortly after Kuper's injury, Manning threw a fade route to Eric Decker on third-and-eight and was intercepted again by cornerback Terrence Newman, giving the Bengals the ball back at Denver's 27-yard line. A touchdown on this drive would give the Bengals a 20-17 lead -- which would be their first lead of the day.
2nd-and-4, end of the third quarter.
Von Miller stops Bengals drive with 3rd sack:
The Bengals had an impressive drive developing before Andy Dalton was sacked by Von Miller on third down and short deep in the Broncos territory. The sack forced Cincy to kick a 49-yard field goal.
Broncos 17, Bengals 13, 1:17 left to go in the third quarter.
Bengals driving with momentum:
After picking off Peyton Manning deep in their own territory, the Bengals have driven deep into the Broncos' territory and are knocking on the door with just under 2:00 to go in the third quarter.
Bengals intercept Manning in red zone:
With 5:30 to go in the second quarter, the Denver Broncos were driving and appeared to be on the brink of making the score 24-10 with a second-and-goal from Cincy's nine yard-line. Then quarterback Peyton Manning attempted a short pass to Eric Decker which was intercepted by veteran Terrance Newman.
It appeared that Manning was expecting Decker, who already has a touchdown reception, to slant hard into mid-field. Decker ran his route flatter and Newman stepped in to make a big play.
The Bengals will now start from their own 20 yard line (the interception resulted in a touchback), down 17-10 with the third quarter winding down.
17-10, A.J. Green beats Champ Bailey a second time:
After beating Champ Bailey for a long, 37-yard catch early in the first half, A.J. Green has gotten the best of Champ again, this time catching a ten-yard touchdown reception from Andy Dalton. Bailey, upset by the play, appears quite upset on the sideline.
With 11:33 left in the third quarter, the Broncos will get the ball back at their 15-yard line. Look for quarterback Peyton Manning to match Cincy's score with a scoring-drive of his own.
Green: 2, Bailey: 0.
Broncos take 17-3 lead after running back second half kickoff:
Well, this is a momentum swinger.
Second-year wide receiver Trindon Holliday, who signed with the Denver Broncos a mere few weeks ago, ran back the opening kickoff 105 yards for a score, giving Denver a 17-3 lead. Holliday (5-5, 169 lbs.) is the smallest player in franchise history and his 105-yard return was the longest return in club history.
The Bengals will now take over with 14:49 left in the second quarter.
Broncos lead 10-3 at halftime:
After driving down the field to Denver's 28-yard line just before halftime, Bengals kicker Mike Nugent missed a 46-yard field goal, resulting in Denver holding their 10-3 lead at halftime. Outside linebacker Von Miller and quarterback Peyton Manning were the first half highlights, notching two sacks and throwing for 160 yards and a score, respectively.
The Broncos will receive the second half kickoff. Of note, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 69-14 since trailing the the San Diego Chargers 24-0 at halftime on Monday Night Football two weeks ago.
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Miller notches two sacks before halftime.
Second-year outside linebacker Von Miller, the 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year, has been harassing Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton all afternoon, notching two sacks in the first half. Miller now has eight sacks on the season.
The Bengals are driving, however, with 0:31 seconds until halftime, Cincy has a 1st-and-10 from the fifty yard line.
The Broncos and Bengals have both run 27 plays with the Broncos gaining 162 yards from scrimmage and the Bengals recording 103 yards of offense. Both teams have had approximately 13 minutes of possession, with Denver leading, 10-3.
2:00 until hafltime.
Broncos take 10-3 lead:
After suffering a minor injury, Demaryius Thomas was able to return to the field and block for fellow receiver Eric Decker on a short completion that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown, giving the Broncos a 10-3 lead with 10:15 to go in the first half.
Decker has now scored in five consecutive games with six scores on the season.
Thomas injured on huge play.
Early in the second quarter, the Broncos have driving again but fourth-year wide receiver Demaryius Thomas appeared to have injured his knee on a 45-yard reception from quarterback Peyton Manning. With 12:07 left until halftime, the Broncos, with a first down, are hoping Thomas' injury is nothing serious.
Thomas was able to walk to the sideline.
The Broncos are now driving again, with Matthew Willis joining Eric Decker and Brandon Stokley as the new three wide receivers.
Bengals tie the score, 3-3.
After driving deep into Denver territory, the Bengals had to settle for a field goal. With 13:20 left to go in the half, the Broncos have the ball again and are driving once again.
Cautioning Dalton to not get greedy:
Second-year quarterback Andy Dalton has been targeting Champ Bailey early and often today, with a 37-yard completion to A.J. Green his best result this far. Despite the early success, Dalton would be wise to not become over confident.
Testing Bailey often could lead to bad things. Time will tell if Champ makes Dalton pay for his aggressiveness.
Green beats Bailey, Bengals threatening to score:
It's the match up everyone has been watching: Young receiver A.J. Green got the best of veteran Champ Bailey on a 37-yard reception that took the Bengals deep into Broncos' territory.
With 0:28 seconds to go in the first quarter, the Bengals have a first-and-goal-to-go from the Broncos' eight yard line. Timeout, Cincy.
Dalton struggles early:
Dalton has gone 3-of-6 early in the game with two of his passes being nearly intercepted. Watch for the Broncos to continue applying pressure and force Dalton to make bad decisions.
After two stalled drives lead by Dalton, the Bengals have given the ball back to Manning with 4:39 left to go in the first quarter. If the Broncos capitalize on Cincy's ineffective offense early, this game has the potential to get out of hand like it did last week when Denver thumped New Orleans, 34-14.
Broncos go-ahead early, 3-0:
After the Bengals went three-and-out, the Broncos, lead by quarterback Peyton Manning, easily drove down the field before stalling in Cincinnati territory and settling for a Matt Prater 43-yard field goal.
The Broncos now own a 3-0 lead with 7:55 left to go in the first quarter. The Bengals will be looking to match (or top) Denver's score with their next possession.
Broncos are driving:
After starting at their own 20-yard line, the Broncos have easily past mid-field within minutes after receiving the ball, using their no-huddle offense to perfection. Manning has been near perfect thus far, going 5-of-6 for 43 yards.
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