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Broncos vs. Bengals: Denver faces regrouping Cincinnati

The Denver Broncos will looks for their third win in a row against a Cincinnati Bengal team seeking an end to a three-game skid.

Dustin Bradford

The Denver Broncos head to Paul Brown Stadium and face a Cincinnati Bengals team that hopes to end the hemorrhaging with the help of a bye week.

The Bengals (3-4) have lost three in a row, and the Broncos appear to be on the opposite end of the heat spectrum. Peyton Manning has only gotten better as the season has progressed, and Cincinnati's average passing defense that gives up 233 passing yards per game could be at his mercy. In a 34-14 win against the New Orleans Saints this week, Manning threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns on an efficient day of 22-of-30 passing.

However, the Broncos (4-3) rushing attack will also have a strong advantage. Cincinnati is 22nd in the NFL in rushing defense, and the Broncos found success with 11 rushing first downs against the Saints. Denver racked up 225 yards on the ground with a heavy dose of Willis McGahee last week, and the team ran the ball seven more times than Manning threw it.

That's almost exactly a third of the total rushing yards the Bengals have put up over the course of seven games; Cincinnati has 676 total rushing yards this season.

Andy Dalton will look to keep the Bengals in it with a consistent passing attack. Though he has yet to play a game this season without an interception, he has put up capable numbers of 1,831 passing yards with a completion percentage of 64 this year.