Bengals Barely Edge Out Broncos VS The Denver Broncos ( 3-4 ) traveled to the Queen City of Cincinnati to face the Bengals ( 4-3 ). The Broncos entered this game in desperate need of a win, as they are sitting in last place in the AFC West, but not far enough back to be proclaimed out for the count. The Bengals needed the win to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Squeelers, who are stingily hanging onto the lead in the AFC North. The Bengals won the toss and elected to kick off first. Both teams defenses came out ready to play in the 1st quarter, as neither team was able to find the endzone until late in the quarter. After a solid drive the Bengals found themselves on the 11 yd line. Denver brought a ferocious blitz and Andy Dalton fired the ball through a very narrow window to Armon Binns on a slant. Dalton took one heck of a shot after releasing the pass. On the ensuing drive of the Broncos, with only 1 second left in the quarter, Demarius Thomas made a reception in the middle of the field and ran like the devil himself was on his heels for the TD to even up the score. At the end of the 1st score was Bengals-7 Broncos 7. The early parts of the 2nd quarter belonged to the Broncos as they were able to make a long 46 yd field goal, and on their next possession once again Demarius Thomas was able to look like a track star on a 72 yd pass from veteran QB Payton Manning. With only 44 seconds left in the half the Bengals rallied back after several long completions capped off by a 7 yd reception by Jermaine Gresham to make the halftime score Bengals-14 Broncos-17. The 3rd quarter was quiet outside of one Bengals score, again on a short pass to Jermaine Gresham, to take the lead Bengals-21 Broncos-17. Both teams came out in the 4th knowing that every possession counted, that mistakes here could cost the game. Denver struck first on yet another TD reception and run by Demarius Thomas for 25 yards to take the lead by 3. The Bengals fired back with a TD drive of their own to retake the lead 28-24, and would play stellar defense for the remainder of the game to seal the deal. Throughout the course of this game Bengals sophomore QB Andy Dalton played lights out, with his only critical mistake being one interception on a poor decision. Dalton, while playing above average on the season, needed a performance such as this one to boost his confidence and potentially take him to the next echelon on NFL quarterbacks. And therefor he is the PLAYER OF THE GAME: 27 attempts, 23 completions for 354 yards and a 85% completion percentage, 4 TD, 1 INT GG nellycuz , good luck the rest of the season.