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Broncos vs. Bengals: Denver wins third straight game, 31-23

Peyton Manning led the Broncos to their third straight win on Sunday, as Denver defeated Cincinnati, 31-23.

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Peyton Manning breaks another NFL record

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke yet another NFL record on Sunday when he orchestrated another fourth quarter comeback.


Chris Kuper sprains ankle in win

The Denver Broncos won their third straight game on Sunday when they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-23. Denver's win, however, came with a price, as offensive lineman Chris Kuper was forced from the game with a "severe" ankle sprain, and could wind up missing some time with the injury.

Though Kuper is surely frustrated with the injury, he and Broncos fans, are almost certainly relieved that the injury is merely a sprain. Kuper suffered a dislocation to the same ankle in last year's season finale, and also suffered a fractured forearm earlier in training camp this season.

It's unknown for how long Kuper will be sidelined.

Denver also caught a break on Sunday, as wide receiver Demaryius Thomas fell to the ground with a knee injury after hauling in a 45-yard reception. Thomas, however, only missed a few snaps, and finished the game with six catches for 77 yards.

Cornerback Tracy Porter missed his third straight game on Sunday with an illness. Porter was diagnosed with onset symptoms of a seizure, and the team is rightfully taking a cautious route with him.


Manning orchestrates fourth quarter comeback

Peyton Manning led the Broncos to another fourth-quarter comeback win, as Denver knocked off Cincinnati, 31-23.


Holliday houses it, but Cincy cuts into lead

The Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals momentarily turned their Week 9 game into a shootout in the third quarter, with both teams exchanging touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half. Peyton Manning and the Broncos took a 10-3 lead into the locker room, expecting to get the ball to start the second and continue their efficient work against the Bengals defense.

But they never had the opportunity, and for all the right reasons, as the blazingly fast Trindon Holliday took the opening second half kickoff 105 yards to the house. Holliday was well known for his ridiculous speed at LSU, where he starred in both track and football. He found a seam in the first 20 yards, kicked it out to the left side and was never touched.

The Bengals responded, however, with another former SEC star wideout getting in on the act for Cincinnati's first touchdown of the day. In just his second season, A.J. Green has already established himself as one of the best receivers in the game. He's a constant threat to score, and he was on the other end of an Andy Dalton 10-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bengals back within seven. The play capped an 80-yard drive that lasted a little more than three minutes and was a crucial possession to keep Cincinnati in the game.

Because of the kick return, Manning and the offense had limited time of possession in the third quarter. They'll need to go to work in the fourth to seal the win, as Cincinnati cut the lead to just 17-13 with a late Mike Nugent field goal.


Manning sharp in first half, Broncos lead 10-3

The Denver Broncos hold a 10-3 lead over the Bengals after one half or their Week 9 game in Cincinnati. The Broncos picked up points on their first possession of each quarter, with Peyton Manning looking sharp again and hitting all his receivers. Manning spread it around both deep and short in the first half, completing 15-of-20 attempts for 160 yards.

The Broncos took over at their own 20-yard line to start the second quarter, and Manning promptly went to work. He capped an eight-play drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker. The Broncos QB hit Decker short as he streaked across the middle of the field. From there, Decker went outside and cut it up to cross the plane just inside the pylon for the 10-3 Denver lead.

The drive lasted less than four minutes, with the biggest play coming on a 45-yard completion down the left sideline to Demaryius Thomas. The speedy Broncos wideout was shaken up on the play, limping off the field after he was dragged down by Chris Crocker. He would eventually return to the game.

Denver has been unable to get anything going on the ground, but Manning's accuracy has more than made up for the lack of running room for Willis McGahee. Manning and the offense will get the kick coming out to start the second half.


Broncos take early 3-0 lead in Cincy

After 15 minutes at Paul Brown Stadium, the Denver Broncos lead the Cincinnati Bengals, 3-0.

The Broncos marched down the field, moving 55 yards to set up a Matt Prater 43-yard field goal on their first possession. Prater smoothly put it through for the early 3-0 Denver lead. Peyton Manning, one of the hottest quarterbacks in the game, was five of six on the drive for 43 yards. Manning methodically hit his targets on the opening drive, with a short pass over the middle to Eric Decker picking up 21 yards. The play moved Denver deep into Cincinnati territory to set up the early Prater field goal.

On the other side of the ball, Cincinnati went three-and-out on its first possession of the game, and the Bronco defense did not let them cross midfield on their second drive. Benjarvus Green-Ellis has been unable to get anything going on the ground, as Denver has easily bottled up the back to get the ball to Manning.


Tracy Porter sits out for Broncos

Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter and Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones head the list of inactive players for Sunday's meeting between the two teams.


Broncos injury report: Tracy Porter doubtful

The Denver Broncos will be without cornerback Tracy Porter when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals this summer, as the veteran continues to be sidelined by symptoms related to seizures.

Porter was signed to a one-year contract this summer after four seasons with the New Orleans Saints and opened the season as the Broncos' starting right cornerback. Porter, who suffered a seizure in August, complained of similar symptoms on Oct. 14 and has not played since.

The veteran cornerback was cleared for practice earlier in the week but issues with his medication kept him off the field on Friday.

Replaced by Chris Harris and nickel corner Tony Carter, the Broncos have done a good job of filling the void left by Porter's absence and it was unlikely he will regain the starter's spot upon his return.

The Broncos had full participation in practice from all other players on the injury report, including quarterback Peyton Manning who suffered a minor thumb injury in last week's win over the New Orleans Saints.

The Broncos take on the Bengals on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT, with coverage on CBS.


Broncos injuries: Peyton Manning's thumb is fine

The Broncos are looking healthy heading into their Week 9 matchup against the Bengals.


Tracy Porter Returns To Practice After Two Weeks

Tracy Porter returned to practice on Thursday, giving the Broncos a completely healthy team, after sitting out for the last two weeks.


Tracy Porter might not regain starting job

Seizure-related symptoms might be beginning of end for Porter in Denver


Broncos Are Heavy Favorites Against Bengals

The Denver Broncos, led by a red-hot Peyton Manning, travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon with the experts on their side.


Denver virtually injury-free going against Cincy

The Broncos are very healthy heading into their tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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