Bengals can increase lead over Broncos with win


Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) leaves the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chiefs won 29-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos team that showed up to play football yesterday was not the same Broncos team we’ve seen in the past. Peyton Manning and company got whacked by the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that was previously viewed as what would be a relatively easy win.

Manning was horrible on Sunday. In a game where Manning was benched after breaking the NFL record for career passing yards, Manning was absolutely disastrous. He completed five passes for 35 yards and threw four interceptions. His passer rating on the day: 0.0.

Brock Osweiler finally came in and closed out the game, passing for 146 yards, a touchdown and a pick.

The Broncos are not the team many people thought they were just two weeks ago. I’ve repeatedly questioned the Broncos in my Power Rankings, and hopefully people understand why I’ve questioned them now. While the Broncos have an insanely talented defense, there are far too many question marks on offense for anyone to dub this as one of the top two teams in the AFC.

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The Cincinnati Bengals will face the Houston Texans in just a few hours with the chance to take a two-game lead over Denver in the AFC Standings. A win would be just another step towards a potential first-round bye for Cincinnati; maybe that’s what the Bengals will need to finally win a playoff game and make a Super Bowl run.