Bengals Vs. Broncos: Denver Survives Cincinnati For 24-22 Victory

The Denver Broncos held off the Cincinnati Bengals for the 24-22 victory on Sunday at Mile High. John Fox picked up his first win as Denver's head coach.

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Bengals Vs. Broncos Final Score: Eric Decker Emerges In Denver's 24-22 Victory Over Cincinnati

A win is a win in the NFL, no matter what way you count it--or some such nonsense. The Denver Broncos gave head coach John Fox his first victory at the helm with a 24-22 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Denver held on despite several late charges by Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Robert Ayers had a huge fourth down stop, breaking up a pass to A.J. Green, to prevent the Bengals from holding on to a glimmer of hope in the final seconds.

The Broncos owned the first half of the game, leading at halftime, 10-3. Willis McGahee churned up the ground on the team's opening drive, capping the 85-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. He had 28 carries for 101 yards. Wide receiver Eric Decker was a revelation this week, starting in place of Brandon Lloyd, as he had five receptions for 113 yards. He had two touchdown receptions, one for 25 yards and another for 52. The latter put the Broncos at 24 points.

Cincinnati, though, answered back on the next drive. Right after rookie Von Miller picked up his first career sack by knocking down Andy Dalton for a loss of nine yards, Dalton fired back with an 84-yard pass to Jerome Simpson. This set up a Dalton to A.J. Green touchdown pass, Dalton's second of the game. Clearly, Champ Bailey's absence was felt late in the game.

Injuries also hurt the Broncos, as Julius Thomas and Eddie Royal left the game in the first half. Thomas suffered an injured ankle on the opening drive and did not return. In the second half, Eddie Royal left with groin injury. This left the Broncos with just two wide receivers and forced Tim Tebow to appear as the slot receiver. Tebow didn't have any receptions.

The Broncos (1-1) take to the road next week to face the Tennessee Titans.


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Tim Tebow Plays Receiver After Eddie Royal Injury

The injuries won't stop hitting the Denver Broncos. First rookie tight end Julius Thomas left with an ankle injury, and he was the team's fourth wide receiver for this game. Then in the second quarter, Eddie Royal ran a route along the sidelines and then collapsed with what appeared to be a painful groin injury. Two trainers had to help him off the field.

As a result, the Broncos had to put Tim Tebow in the game as the slot receiver. The only healthy wide receivers for the Broncos are Eric Decker and Matthew Willis. Tebow lined up on the next play, but Orton handed off to Lance Ball for a loss of four yards.

Tebow is going to need to learn on the fly, though he has caught passes in warmups over the last two games. The Broncos lead, 7-0.

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Bengals Vs. Broncos Inactives: Champ Bailey, Brandon Lloyd Lead Denver's Inactives

The Denver Broncos announced on Sunday afternoon that all four of their questionable players will be out for the game with the Cincinnati Bengals: Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil, Brandon Lloyd and Knowshon Moreno. Lloyd had come out and run some warmups in uniform and pads, but left shortly after that, according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.

The Broncos will be thin at wide receiver with Eddie Royal and Eric Decker making the start. The only other receiver on the roster is Matt Willis because Demaryius Thomas (Achilles, broken finger) is also out for this game. Head coach John Fox will likely use tight ends Daniel Fells, Julius Thomas and Virgil Green a bit more as a result.

Knowshon Moreno's absence was long expected with the elevation of Jeremiah Johnson to the team. Cassius Vaughn will likely draw the start in Bailey's place and Jason Hunter will continue to fill in for Dumervil.

The Bengals will be missing starting defensive end Robert Geathers.

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Bengals Vs. Broncos Injury Report, Friday: Champ Bailey Officially Questionable, Andy Dalton Probable

The Denver Broncos officially declared Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil, Brandon Lloyd and Knowshon Moreno as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. With the exception of Brandon Lloyd on Friday, none of the other three has practiced this week. Bailey and Moreno injured their hamstrings on Monday while Elvis Dumervil aggravated his shoulder in practice and attempted to play throughout it. He was unable to do so.

It's basically a coin toss on whether these players will suit up, but there is at least hope that Lloyd will do so. Head coach John Fox did mention that he could let players who did not practice appear in an actual game, but that could do more harm than good, especially with star players Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil.

The Bengals received good news by declaring rookie quarterback Andy Dalton probable for the game. He left last Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a wrist injury, but he had a full practice on Friday, his first this week.

Broncos Position  Injury  Wed.  Thu.  Fri.  Game Status
Champ Bailey CB  Hamstring  DNP  DNP  DNP  Questionable
Elvis Dumervil DE  Shoulder  DNP  DNP  DNP  Questionable
Brandon Lloyd WR  Groin  DNP  DNP  LP  Questionable
Knowshon Moreno RB  Hamstring  DNP  DNP  DNP  Questionable
Demaryius Thomas WR  Finger  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out
Marcus Thomas DT  Shoulder/Groin  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out
Ty Warren DT  Triceps  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out
D.J. Williams WLB  Elbow  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out

 

Bengals Position  Injury  Wed.  Thu.  Fri.  Game Status
Andy Dalton QB  Wrist  LP  LP  FP  Probable
Robert Geathers DE  Shoulder  DNP  DNP  DNP  Doubtful
Otis Hudson G  Knee  LP  LP  LP  Doubtful
Kelly Jennings CB  Hamstring  FP  FP  FP  Probable
Michael Johnson DE  Groin  LP  LP  FP  Probable
Taylor Mays S  Knee  DNP  DNP  FP  Doubtful
Dontay Moch LB  Foot  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out
Frostee Rucker DE  Illness  LP  FP  FP  Probable
Andrew Whitworth T  Knee  LP  LP  FP  Probable
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Bengals Vs. Broncos Injury Report: Andy Dalton Practices For Cincinnati; Brandon Lloyd Among Four Broncos Not Practicing

The Cincinnati Bengals received good news on the injury front concerning rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. After taking just snaps and making handoffs in Wednesday's practice, Dalton returned to throwing the ball on Thursday, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. A wrist injury in Sunday's game kept him out of most of the second half and created doubt over his status for this Sunday's game.

The news was nowhere near as good for the Denver Broncos. For the second day in a row, the Broncos had four of their main players held out of practice, reports the Denver Post. Hamstring injuries to Champ Bailey and Knowshon Moreno, a groin injury to Brandon Lloyd and a shoulder injury to Elvis Dumervil, all picked up in Monday's loss, have prevented their return to the field.

Friday should give an indication on all of their statuses for the game, but John Fox has said that he is OK with playing guys who did not practice, according to CBS Sports.

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