This week’s game is in the books, with the Cincinnati Bengals losing their fourth straight to the Denver Broncos to fall to 3-5, and with a tough remaining schedule, likely ends their playoff chances for 2012. The Bengals showed signs of life on offense, and did some good things in the game, but in the end, couldn’t get out of their own way, and fans were once again left disappointed.
The Bengals defense played very well against the run from the start, and held Peyton Manning and the Broncos to a field goal to open the game, and answered with one of their own to tie it at 3-3. The first touchdown of the game came from Manning to Eric Decker, leading to a halftime lead of 10-3 after Mike Nugent missed a 46-yard field goal just before the half.
The second half opened with Denver’s Trindon Holliday returning the kickoff 105 yards for a TD, giving Denver a 17-3 lead. The Bengals offense showed up after that, driving down the field quickly, and finishing with a 10-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green. The defense, Terence Newman in particular, came up big after that, intercepting two passes that led to another FG and a BenJarvus Green-Ellis TD run, giving the Bengals a lead and igniting fans. The happiness was short-lived, however, as the Broncos quickly answered with a TD of their own, then, after a Dalton INT, scored again to make it a two score advantage. Cincinnati added another FG late, but an onsides kick failed to end the game.