Wrap-up: Broncos 31, Bengals 23

November, 4, 2012
11/04/12
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My thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 31-23 loss to the Denver Broncos:

What it means: The Bengals' playoff hopes are nearly dashed after losing 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 the 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 straight 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, playing host to Eli and the Giants.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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