Wrap-up: Broncos 31, Bengals 23
November, 4, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
My thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 31-23 loss to the Denver Broncos:
What it means: The Bengals' playoff hopes are nearly dashed after they lost their fourth straight game. Cincinnati drops to 3-5 and three games back of the AFC North-leading Ravens. The Bengals are now 0-8 against Peyton Manning.
Tough penalty: The Bengals scored 17 straight points to take a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, but they gave it away in the end. Adam Jones' pass interference in the end zone -- a 29-yard penalty -- put the Broncos at the 1-yard line. One play later, Manning hit Joel Dreessen for a 1-yard touchdown to take back the lead for good with 11:47 left.
More interceptions for Dalton: Andy Dalton became the first Bengals quarterback to throw an interception in each of the first eight games of the season. After the Broncos' go-ahead touchdown in the fourth, Dalton threw a pick on the next drive. Denver converted that into a touchdown to increase the margin to 31-20. Dalton finished 26-of-42 for 299 yards.
Extending touchdown streak: Teams can't keep Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green out of the end zone. His 10-yard grab in the third quarter extended his streak to seven games with a touchdown. Only one receiver had caught a touchdown in seven straight over the past five seasons (Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe).
Not so special: With the Bengals down 10-3 at halftime, they opened up the second half by giving up a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It tied the longest play ever allowed by Cincinnati.
What's next: The Bengals continue with the Manning family, hosting Eli and the Giants.