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Overall Game Grade: B+
The defense actually rose up and helped the offense today for a change. Sure they gave up 366 yards of offense to the Bengals but they allowed just 23 points. The D sacked Bengal quarterback five times and allowed Cincinnati to convert just 5/14 on third downs. If this defense can play like they did today it will bode well for this team.
4th Quarter: B+
With the clock running down the Denver defense is playing very soft coverage. Derek Wolfe knocks down a pass at the line of scrimmage. Dumervil and Wolfe combine for a sack of Dalton and force Cincinnati to use their final timeout. The Bengals will be forced to kick a field goal.
Defense gets a tough call go against them on a holding call against Champ Bailey. Not much of a hold and it gives Cincinnati a first down. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil are making things very tough on the Bengal offensive line. Three penalties limit their offense and Champ Bailey picks off Andy Dalton to end the drive.
Following the second Manning interception the Denver defense has a short field to defend. The Bengals drive the ball in for a Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis two yard touchdown.
3rd Quarter: D
The Denver defense is beginning to take some hits. The Bengals have driven for 10 points so far in the third quarter. Andy Dalton is getting hot.
Someone misses an assignment and Bengal tight end Jermaine Gresham finds himself all alone and picks up a 52 yard gain. On the next play Dalton hits A.J. Green over Champ Bailey for a 10 yard touchdown.
2nd Quarter: A
The Broncos defense has been very solid today. The Bengals have moved the ball a little but have settled for field goals twice, making just one. Bengal quarterback Andy Dalton is 13/22 for 123 yards and has been sacked three times. This defense has been close to a few interceptions. Let's hope they can grab one in the second half.
The Denver defense allows Cincinnati to go 49 yards in nine plays to kick a field goal but Bengal kicker Mike Nugent pushes it right and misses.
The Broncos allow two first downs as the Bengals start on their own six yard line but then they hold and force another punt. Another nice tackle by Rahim Moore.
Nice defensive series for the Broncos following the touchdown! Von Miller picks up his sixth sack and the defense pushes the Bengals backward. Nice tackle on a screen pass by safety Rahim Moore.
1st Quarter: B
The Bengals are on the move. A 37 yard pass to A.J. Green got it started and now the Bengals are getting their running game going. Cincinnati is now at the Bronco eight yard line. The Denver defense makes a stand and forces a field goal.
On the second drive the defense is giving up a little yardage out to midfield. But Chris Harris breaks up a third down pass attempt and nearly had an interception. The run defense is swarming and the defensive backs are playing very tight coverage.
Two nice plays on the opening drive for the Denver defense. Wesley Woodyard shut down a screen pass with a great tackle and then Tony Carter nearly had a pick six as he broke up a pass on third down.