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Broncos vs. Bengals score update: Peyton Manning leads Denver to 10-3 first-half lead

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.