- CIN 294
- 390 DEN
- CIN 1
- 1 DEN
- CIN 22
- 22 DEN
- Denver, CO 80204
- Line: DEN -3.5
- Over/Under: 39
Big stories in final week of season
A.J. Green, Brock Osweiler earn game balls
Broncos show mental toughness
A.J. Green 5 Yd pass from AJ McCarron (Mike Nugent Kick)
15 plays, 80 yards, 7:34
Mohamed Sanu 6 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick)
13 plays, 90 yards, 7:50
Brandon McManus 23 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 60 yards, 2:12
Emmanuel Sanders 8 Yd pass from Brock Osweiler (Brandon McManus Kick)
11 plays, 81 yards, 4:46
C.J. Anderson 39 Yd Run (Brandon McManus Kick)
2 plays, 52 yards, 0:34
Mike Nugent 52 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 46 yards, 4:31
Brandon McManus 37 Yd Field Goal
14 plays, 61 yards, 5:00
--AJ McCarron was 2-of-7 on passes traveling at least 15 yards downfield Monday, including 1-of-4 targeting A.J. Green. McCarron was 10-of-14 on deep passes in his first two games of the season. --Brock Osweiler completed 13 passes outside the painted numbers in the second half/overtime, the most such completions by any quarterback in a half this season.
After averaging 2.7 yards per rush in the first half, the Broncos averaged 6.5 yards per rush in the second half. They had 60 yards after contact in the second half, their most in any half this season. Meanwhile, the Bengals had 50 fewer yards before contact in the second half than they did in the first half.
The Bengals pressured (sack or duress) Brock Osweiler on 17 of his 44 dropbacks (39 percent), the second-highest rate he has been pressured in a game this season. Osweiler completed 76.9 percent of his passes while under duress, twice as high as his first six games of the season (38.8 percent).
A.J. Green caught 5 of his 6 targets including a touchdown in the first half, but didn't catch any of his 3 targets after halftime. AJ McCarron overthrew Green in the end zone that would have given the Bengals the lead midway through the 4th quarter. In AJ McCarron's first start of the season last week, Green caught 1 of 3 targets.
Mohamed Sanu (CIN): 2nd rush TD of career (both this season)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck tried his hand at auto racing on Wednesday, doing a few laps with former Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti.
Broncos offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo will get a shot at guard this season, but the coaches know he also has the ability to play tackle.
New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson is keeping a positive attitude regarding his offseason workouts and possible discipline from the NFL.
ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini says that with Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned, Geno Smith led the first-team offense and looked sharp on Wednesday and Smith said he sees this as an opportunity.
ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards explains that kicker Blair Walsh will be able to put last year's wild-card field goal miss behind him because the Vikings will provide the opportunity for him to get back in similar situations over and over again.
Undrafted rookie Claudell Louis relishes the chance to play for Buffalo, an opportunity he didn't think possible on his accidental path to football.