Good morning, Broncos Country!
We will find out in a few hours if the Denver Broncos have kept the 2017 season alive or have embraced the tank. Hopefully it’s the latter.
For the former to come to fruition the Broncos must win today. They have to finally put these great practices we’ve heard about the last five weeks to actually show on the field for a game. In case you wondering, Denver is on a five-game losing streak despite those incredible practice sessions.
The Cincinnati Bengals enter in much the same fashion as the Broncos. Both teams are 3-6, and the loser of this game may get the better of the deal given the place that team will choose in the NFL Draft.
Before these two teams meet today at Mile High Stadium, let’s look back at the history of this rivalry. The notes are courtesy of Denver’s weekly release.
- Today marks the 31st regular-season game between the Bengals and Broncos. Denver is 21-9 in the series; 13-2 at home and 8-7 on the road. The first game in the series was Sept. 15, 1968, in Cincinnati. The Bengals won 24-10.
- The most recent game between the Bengals and Broncos was last season, Sept. 25, 2016, when Denver won in the Queen City, 29-17. That improved the Broncos current win streak to two games. Denver's longest winning streak in the series is eight games, Oct. 16,1983-Nov. 1, 1998.
- The longest winning streak for the Bengals in this series is two games, which they've done twice. The most recent was Nov. 9, 1975-Sept. 12, 1976. The last home win for the Broncos in this series was Dec. 28, 2015, when DeMarcus Ware recovered a fumble to seal the 20-17 win.
The longest winning streak for the #Bengals50 in this series is 2 games, which they've done twice. The most recent was Nov. 9, 1975-Sept. 12, 1976.— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 17, 2017
The last home win for the #Broncos in this series was Dec. 28, 2015, when @DeMarcusWare recovered a fumble to seal the 20-17 win. pic.twitter.com/2ylKSJac99
- The last time the Bengals beat the Broncos in Denver was Nov. 9, 1975, when they won 17-16. The last Denver win in Cincy was last season, obviously. The last Broncos loss on the road was Dec. 22, 2014, when the Bengals won 37-28.
- The Broncos have one shutout in this series, a 10-0 win on Sept. 2, 1979, at Mile High Stadium. The Bengals have no shutouts in this series.
- The most points the Broncos have scored in the series is 45 when they beat the Bengals 45-14 on Sept. 1, 1999, in Denver. The most points for the Bengals is 38 in a 38-21 win on Nov. 22, 1981, in Cincy. I was 4 months, 2 days old.
- The largest Broncos win is 31 points in that 45-14 game in 1999. Right one cue, the largest Bengals win is 17 from that 38-21 game in 1981. The most points for both teams is 65 from the 37-28 Bengals win in 2014. The fewest is 10 from Denver's 10-0 shutout win in 1979.
- The Broncos and Bengals have never met in the playoffs. Though that game from Dec. 2015 was damn near a playoff game for Denver. That Ware fumble recovery was another sign that was the season for Broncos Country. What a magical season that was.
- Von Miller needs two sacks to become the first player in Broncos history with six 10-sack seasons. He also can join Simon Fletcher (5, 1989-93) and Paul Smith (4, 1970-73) as the only three players in team history with four consecutive 10-sack seasons.
@VonMiller needs two sacks to become the first player in #Broncos history with six 10-sack seasons. He also can join Simon Fletcher (5, 1989-93) & Paul Smith (4, 1970-73) as the only three players in team history with four consecutive 10-sack seasons. pic.twitter.com/IKLyIy3oBm— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 17, 2017
- Since I started doing this, this is the part that still blows my mind. Domata Peko will extend his starting streak to 122 games — the longest active streak by an NFL defensive lineman. BTW, he's playing his former team Bengals for the first time today.
- Demaryius Thomas needs six catches to become the sixth active player to reach 600 career receptions. He also needs one receiving touchdown to tie Shannon Sharpe for second place on the Broncos all-time list behind Rod Smith (68).
- Former Broncos head coach Red Miller will be officially inducted as the 32nd member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame during a halftime ceremony on Sunday. Former linebacker Tom Jackson will speak during that ceremony.
Former #Broncos head coach Red Miller will be officially inducted as the 32nd member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame during a halftime ceremony on Sunday. Former linebacker @TomJackson57 will speak during that ceremony. pic.twitter.com/RFiGgluS50— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 17, 2017
Miller joins Dan Reeves as the only head coaches in the Broncos Ring of Fame, which was created by owner Pat Bowlen in 1984 to honor former players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise’s history.
Hired as the eighth head coach in Broncos history on Feb. 1, 1977, Miller compiled a 40-22 regular-season record and a 2-3 playoff mark from 1977-80. He never had a losing record in his four seasons with the Broncos, & his total wins ranks fourth in team history.
Miller’s 1977 team was 12-2 and won Denver’s first AFC West title. After earning their inaugural playoff berth, the Broncos went on to beat the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship Game and advanced to their first Super Bowl. Miller passed away on Sept. 27. He was 89.
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