Andy Dalton can have a habit of turning the ball over against elite defenses. He looked calm and poised all afternoon long for the Cincinnati Bengals with completing 15-of-25 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns in a Bengals 20-17 victory over the Denver Broncos.
When the Broncos blocked a punt early in the game, it looked as if Denver was going to give fits to Cincinnati all game long. However, Brock Osweiler was picked off in the red zone by Dre Kirkpatrick and he almost returned it for a touchdown. Kirkpatrick fumbled at the Denver 15-yard line, but he recovered his own fumble at the 1-yard line.
A couple of plays later, Tyler Kroft caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton. Kroft caught two passes for 12 yards receiving and a touchdown. Later in the first, C.J. Anderson scored on a 3-yard run for the Broncos. Anderson rushed for 37 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Alex Erickson caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton in the second-quarter for the Bengals. Erickson finished with two receptions for 42 yards receiving and a touchdown. With the Bengals leading 13-10 in the fourth, Dalton threw a 18-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. Green finished with four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Later in the fourth, Brock Osweiler threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. Thomas finished with five receptions for 64 yards receiving and a touchdown. Osweiler completed 23-of-42 passes for 254 yards one touchdown and one interception.
The Broncos defense made another stop and got the ball back. Denver failed to capitalize late in the game. Emmanuel Sanders had a frustrating game with two receptions for 15 yards receiving. The Bengals will host the Cleveland Browns (0-10) next Sunday and the Broncos will be on the road against the Oakland Raiders (4-6) next Sunday.