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Horse Tracks: Broncos overcome the Bengals with offense

Admit it, when Brandon McManus' extra point was blocked in the second quarter, you weren't so sure the Broncos would pull this one out... Then Trevor Semian happened.

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At first, things just didn't seem to be clicking for the Broncos in the first half of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Demaryius Thomas was absent. Trevor Semian's passes were a foot or two off this or that way. C.J. Anderson was struggling to find a hole. Then the Broncos had an extra point blocked.

In the 2015 AFC Championship game, the New England Patriots missed a field goal and it came back to haunt them. Just last week, I wrote about how a missed Jason Elam field goal in 2002 against the Colts ended up costing the Broncos. On Sunday, I was sure that errant extra point would somehow find its way back onto the field to hurt the Broncos.

...but then, Trevor Semian and the Denver Broncos offense arched its back and flexed its muscle in the second half. There is a great old picture of the scoreboard displaying a simple message at old Mile High, 'The 4th Quarter Belongs to the Denver Broncos.' That was certainly the case in Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. Trevor Semian chucked the ball around with ease, reeling in two touchdowns and sealed a terrific Broncos victory.

The soggy run defense that plagued Denver in the first half made the necessary adjustments at halftime. Two first-half touchdowns gave way to a a lonely Cincinnati field goal to close out the game.

Trevor proved he can sling the ball when he needs to. The Broncos defense proved that it's deep enough, talented enough, and capable enough to make any adjustments necessary to beat anyone. The Broncos are 3-0 and are flashing offensively. Sunday's game was a complete one on both sides of the ball. What's better than 3-0?

The Denver Broncos are hoping to find out in Tampa this Sunday.


Game recaps!

Broncos 29, Bengals 17 " CBS Denver

Broncos air it out in win over Bengals - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN

Broncos' Trevor Siemian gets job done again in win over Bengals | USA TODAY

Broncos pick on CB Pacman Jones in 29-17 win over Bengals | Yahoo!

Siemian shows that Broncos have all they need in 29-17 win (Sep 26, 2016) | FOX Sports

Trevor Semian gets the media love!

Just one game, but Trevor Siemian's gusto-grabbing big day for Broncos could for echo weeks to come | Denver Broncos

Trevor Siemian passes first road test | ProFootballTalk

Siemian Says: 'We can win games a couple of different ways' | Denver Broncos

Trevor Siemian did something Sunday that Peyton Manning never did in 2015 | FOX Sports

Trevor Siemian Learns to Fly | FOX Sports

How did the Broncos win? Andrew Mason breaks it down in his weekly 'Three Keys' series. Three Keys Unlocked: Broncos 29, Bengals 17 | Denver Broncos

The Broncos receivers showed up big time on Sunday. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders explode as the Broncos' one-two punch | Denver Broncos

Not to be outdone, the Broncos defense made plays when it mattered most. We see you Shane Ray! Bengals see Shane Ray's 'Bad' side with three-sack performance | Denver Broncos

Look out Dave Preston! C.J. Anderson just pushed you down the list of all-time leading Broncos rushers. Anderson Moves Up On Broncos All-Time Rushing List " CBS Denver

The Raiders have won the Super Bowl! Nah... They beat the Titans. Their one-game win streak has them dreaming big once again. Raiders' defense bends again but does not break in victory at Titans | ESPN

I can't tell if the Jets are that bad or if the Chiefs are rebounding. Todd Bowles: We were "s—-y" all around | ProFootballTalk

What's the difference between good and poor management? The decision to pay Ryan Fitzpatrick millions of dollars. Ryan Fitzpatrick goes full FitzTragic, chucks six picks in all-time awful game -

The once mighty Chargers once again find themselves in the AFC West basement after Sunday's loss to the Colts. Week 3: San Diego Chargers suffer another tough loss, lose to Colts in last minute | FOX Sports

So... Carson Wentz is looking more and more legit every day. The Pittsburgh Steelers were straight up clowned by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Carson Wentz's bandwagon is getting full (Sep 26, 2016) | FOX Sports

Don't look now, but the Baltimore Ravens are looking like they could be the AFC North contenders this year. Jacksonville Jaguars Were Sacked by the Baltimore Ravens | FOX Sports

Not going to lie, the replay of Russell Wilson's injury on Sunday against the 49ers didn't look good. What is the prevailing wisdom about running quarterbacks and longevity in the NFL? Russell Wilson doesn't think his sprained knee is as 'severe as it looked' -

Poor Cam Newton. Just a few months ago he had dabbed himself to a Super Bowl to play the lowly Broncos. Now? Thanks to the Vikings, there's an unidentified grease spot on the field in Charlotte wearing expensive leopard pants. Shorthanded Vikings sack Cam Newton eight times, topple Panthers | FOX Sports

Not so fast, Vikings! Anyone can beat the Panthers. Heck, Denver did it twice in a row. Vikings defense should now be considered NFL’s best - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

How unprepared were the Chicago Bears Sunday night in Dallas? It's looking more and more like the Bears are going to take a flamethrower to the coaching staff and players at season's end... maybe sooner. They are, without question, the worst team in football this year. Prescott makes his bid for top rookie QB as Cowboys roll over Bears: 10 takeaways -

In Sunday's 'who wanted it least' match-up between the Browns and Dolphins, there had to be a winner. Dolphins finish off Browns in OT on Jay Ajayi TD -

Despite being unable to win in close games, the Browns find a way to stay relevant. Terrelle Pryor does something that hadn’t been done in 57 years | ProFootballTalk

So maybe the Cardinals aren't the team to beat in the NFC West. Rex Ryan gets statement game he wanted in Bills' win over Cardinals | ESPN

The Broncos week four opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be coming into the game following a loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. Rams outlast Bucs after an long lightning delay | ProFootballTalk

Jeff Fisher has got to be pretty stoked about that rumored contract extension with this kind of news. Rams fans have to be pissed. Rams beat Bucs, off to fastest start since 2006 (Sep 26, 2016) | FOX Sports

...and the winner is?! Weston Richburg first player ejected on two-foul rule -

Odell Beckham, Jr. found a way to lose three different times on Sunday. First he was attacked by a kicker's practice net, then trolled about it on twitter, and finally the Giants lost to the Redskins. Not a great day. Redskins burn Odell Beckham Jr. for getting smacked by the field-goal net | FOX Sports