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.