Broncos Report Card v. Bengals

Check out how the Denver Broncos graded in their improbable 12-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- The final 87-yard touchdown pass -- and even though it'll go down in Broncos history, it was much more luck than skill -- skewed Kyle Orton's numbers. Orton was 16-of-27 for 156 yards before Brandon Stokley's big play, and hadn't led a touchdown drive. While the Broncos will take the win, they clearly have work to do.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The Broncos had better success when Correll Buckhalter was running the ball, but rookie Knowshon Moreno got plenty of snaps. Moreno will continue to get a lot of playing time as he gets healthier, and should be more effective too. Buckhalter gained 46 yards on eight carries and showed a good burst and decisiveness. Moreno had only 19 yards on eight carries.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Denver accomplished its goal of taking away big plays. Carson Palmer completed 21 passes for 247 yards, and a lot of that came on the final drive when the defense was worn down. The pass rush was inconsistent but provided a couple big plays. Wesley Woodyard's interception, which came off a tipped pass from Champ Bailey, was a huge play.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Denver allowed less than four yards per rush to Cedric Benson, despite not committing too many players to crowding the line of scrimmage. The Broncos, as they did in preseason, did a good job swarming to the ball without opening up huge cutback lanes.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Not much gained or lost for the Broncos on special teams, although Matt Prater hit two long field goals. The Broncos didn't look great in the return game, having Eddie Royal handle most of the kicks, but did a solid job in kick coverage.

COACHING: C -- On defense, the plan worked great. Offensively the Broncos still have a lot of work to do. The good news for the Broncos is they came out with a win, which looked bleak with about 30 seconds to go. They'll have time to correct mistakes before a winnable game against the Browns this week.



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