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Brief Post-game analysis of Denver Broncos’ 31-23 win over Cincinnati Bengals

11/4/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Denver Broncos (5-3) played solid ball to claim a road win against Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) one of the toughest defenses in the division.
 
What it means: The Denver Broncos are secure and unchallenged with a .625 winning percentage in the AFC West. The Denver Broncos offense seems to be taking better direction under quarterback Peyton Manning.
 
Still not a complete game: The Denver Broncos started off with a 17-3 lead that later turned into a 20-17 deficit and then rallied back to dominated the fourth quarter by scoring two touchdowns. However, this goes to show that the similar to last week’s victory over the New Orleans Saints, this wasn’t a 100 percent input by the Denver Broncos. Although giving up 17 points resulted in a risky T-junction in the second quarter, the Denver Broncos still gained control in the end, clearly marking their capabilities.
 
Manning domination continues: Peyton Manning is making a solid case for the MVP contest this season. Although he threw back-to-back interceptions in the second half, Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a comeback in the fourth quarter.  The 11-time Pro Bowler Peyton Manning had 27 of 35 passes completed for 291 yards with three touchdowns in the game. In the past three consecutive games Peyton Manning has thrown above a combined 300-yards.
 
Receivers make solid performances: The Denver Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker stood out Sunday night. Demaryius Thomas had six catches for seven yards while Erick Decker which was matched by Eric Decker’s eight catches for 99 yards as well as two touchdowns.
 
Slow run game: Both, the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals struggled to run the ball. However, Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee led in the game with 23 carries on 66 yards.
 
Big production for Von Miller: Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller amassed a total nine sacks so far this season after the addition of Sunday’s three sacks. Von Miller is now just half a sack short of teammate Elvis Dumervil’s mark of 21 sacks accumulated during his first two season in the NFL.
 
Good protection: The Cincinnati Bengals usually take more than a couple of sacks home from a single game, but the Denver Broncos posed an impenetrable offensive line that kept the Bengals at zero sacks Sunday.
 
Trindon Holliday serves purpose: The wide receiver/ return specialist Trindon Holliday, who was claimed off-waiver by the Denver Broncos from the Houston Texans just last month started the second half with a -yard kickoff return for a touchdown to boost the Denver Broncos to a 17-3 lead. However, the Denver Broncos return game clearly needed some polishing.
 
Next: The Denver Broncos next play the Panthers in a road game, marking now Broncos coach John Fox’s first time back since to Carolina since he was fired following the 2010 season.
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