Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals - First Look

"I'm looking at you Cincinnati." - Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

Previewing the Broncos Week 9 matchup.

The Denver Broncos (4-3) begin their second two-game road swing of the season when they face the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) in a battle of playoff teams from a year ago. Kickoff at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday is set for 11 a.m. MST.

VENUE: Paul Brown Stadium has a capacity of 65,535.

PLAYING SURFACE: UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system, also used in the Superdome and the Metrodome. This turf system features UBU Sports' exclusive Harmony Fiber, a trusted and durable component currently used in synthetic turf systems for football leagues ranging from pee-wee to professional ranks. It should also be noted that the drainage capacity of the UBU Sports Speed S5-M synthetic turf system exceeds 40 inches of water per hour.

WEATHER: The current forecast is Mostly Cloudy skies and a temperature range of 51/36f. The NFL weather link will provide a more accurate reading closer to gametime. I pondered whether Hurricane Sandy would have an affect on the game, but Troy will be there and he said he isn’t going to bother taking an umbrella.

TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan
Dierdorf (color commentary) will call the game. Here is the link to the NFL Broadcast map.


SERIES

This will be the 27th meeting between these two clubs. The Broncos hold an 18-8 advantage. (Home: 11-2-0 / Away: 6-6-0), including a 3-game winning streak.
The last time they met was in Week 2 in 2011. Denver won by a score of 24-22. Eric Decker had 5 catches for 113 yards and 2 Touchdowns, Willis McGahee ran for 101 yards and 1 Touchdown on 28 carries and Wesley Woodyard made 13 total tackles (10 solo).

The Broncos last visit to Paul Brown Stadium was in the 2009 season opener. You might remember the spectacular finish. Gus Johnson gushed all over the airwaves as we witnessed what some called the " Immaculate Deflection." Trailing 7-6 with 28 seconds left to play in the game, Broncos Quarterback Kyle Orton’s pass intended for Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall was tipped by Bengals Cornerback Leon Hall into the hands of Brandon Stokley, who raced 62 yards down the left sideline for the game-winning score. That 87-yard touchdown was the longest game-winning Touchdown from scrimmage in the final minute of the 4th quarter of a game in NFL history. It also tied for the 8th-longest Touchdown pass in Broncos history.

RANKINGS

Pro Football Focus

Team Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Run Block Penalties
DEN 3rd 5th 14th 1st 7th 8th Least
CIN 22nd 23rd 27th 2nd 28th 13th Least


Football Outsiders

Rank Team Total
DVOA
Last
Week
Weighted DVOA W-L OFF.
DVOA
OFF.
Rank
1 DEN 36.7% 5 36.7% 4-3 22.5% 2
26 CIN -15.9% 25 -15.8% 3-4 -4.1% 19


Advance Stats Team Efficiency Rankings

Rank Team Last Week GWP Opp GWP Off. Rank
1 DEN 1 0.75 0.51 1
23 CIN 23 0.46 0.46 10


Opponent Adjusted Team Success Rate

Team Rank Team Adjusted S.R. OFF. Adjusted S.R
Denver 2 54.1 52.7
Cincinnati 29 46.2 43.1
*Apologies. I only did the Offense because this was going to be part of the Upon Further Review stats.

ODDS: The Broncos are favored by 3.5 with the over/under at 47.5 points.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
  • CB Champ Bailey (32 interceptions as a Bronco) - needs one interception to tie Mike Harden (33) for the 5th-most in franchise history.
  • WR Eric Decker (rec. TDs in 4 consecutive games) - needs one receiving touchdown to become the 5th player in franchise history with a receiving score in five consecutive games.
  • DE Elvis Dumervil (4 forced fumbles) - needs one forced fumble to take the NFL lead and set a career high in that category.
  • QB Peyton Manning (47 game-winning drives) - needs one game-winning scoring drive to pass Dan Marino (47) for the most all-time.
  • RB Willis McGahee (63 career rushing TDs) - needs one rushing touchdown to pass Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac.) for the 2nd most among active NFL players.
  • LB Von Miller (14 TFLs in 2012) - needs one tackle for a loss to tie Houston’s J.J. Watt for the NFL lead in that category.

BRONCOS NOTES:
  • Rookie RB Ronnie Hillman had career-best 86 rush yards last week.
  • WR Demaryius Thomas posted 4th 100-yard rec. game of season last game (137).
  • DE Elvis Dumervil has 4 sacks in past 4.
  • LB Von Miller has 17.5 sacks in 22 career games.
BENGALS NOTES:
  • QB Andy Dalton passed for 332 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 107 passer rating in his only game vs. Broncos.
  • Dalton ranks 2nd in the AFC with a 105.3 4th-quarter rating (PEYTON MANNING, 119.6).
  • Since 2010, RB Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis is tied for 3rd in the NFL with 26 rushing Touchdowns.
  • He has 2 rushing Touchdowns in 3 regular season games vs. Denver.
  • RB Cedric Peerman posted his 1st career rushing Touchdown in the last game against the Broncos.
  • WR A.J. Green has a Touchdown catch in 6 consecutive games, tied for 4th-longest streak in franchise history.
  • In his only career meeting vs. Denver, Green had a career-high 10 catches with 124 yards and a Touchdown.
  • A.J. has a Touchdown catch in each of the Bengals 3 home games in 2012. With 7 Touchdown catches so far this season, Green needs one catch to surpass his 2011 rookie total.
  • DE Michael Johnson (6 Sacks) needs a half sack to surpass his career-high of 6 in 2011.
  • Since 2011, DT Geno Atkins has 14.5 sacks. Atkins & Johnson each had sacks in the last meeting with Denver.
  • S Chris Crocker recorded his 2nd Interception of the year last week.
  • LB Rey Maualuga leads the Bengals with 58 Tackles.

Go Broncos!

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