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Game: Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) at Denver Broncos (0-1)
Series Leader: Broncos, 17-8
Streak: Broncos have won three of the past four, and eight straight at home
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-3. Fox: 1-2
Broadcast: CBS (2:15 PM MT): Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein. SIRIUS: 91 (Cin.), 94 (Den.). XM: 227 (Den.).
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Weather: Chance of thunderstorms and 69 degrees at kickoff. [WeatherUnderground.com
Uniform: White

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton became the first Bengals rookie to start the franchise's first regular season game since Greg Cook in 1969 last week.
  • Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski posted one touchdown and no picks in the fourth quarter against the Browns, recording a passer rating of 113.2.
  • Running back Cedric Benson posted his 13th career 100-yard rushing game since joining the Bengals. Cincinnati is 11-2 (.846) in those games.
  • Wide receiver Jerome Simpson is averaging 97 yards receiving per game in his past three starts.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham posted his fifth career touchdown reception against the Browns last week.
  • Defensive end Michael Johnson recorded his first career interception last week against the Browns.
  • Linebacker Thomas Howard has three career interceptions against the Broncos; most against any opponent.
  • Safeties Reggie Nelson and Chris Crocker each posted a quarterback sack last week against the Browns; Nelson registered a team-high nine tackles against Cleveland.

DENVER BRONCOS

  • Denver is aiming to post their third straight win against the Bengals.
  • Quarterback Kyle Orton, who recorded a 100.7 passer rating in his last outing against the Bengals, posted his 10th career 300-yard game last week against Oakland.
  • Orton has a 21-10 record as a starter at home.
  • Running back Willie McGahee averages 91.4 yards rushing per game when he reaches over 15 rushing attempts.
  • Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd needs 93 yards receiving to reach 4,000 career yards receiving.
  • In his past nine home games, Lloyd is averaging 86.7 yards receiving per game.
  • Wide receiver Edie Royal needs 11 receptions to reach 200 for his career.
  • Rookie Von Miller posted a forced fumble in his NFL debut against the Raiders.
  • In his last game against the Bengals (12.24.2006), Elvis Dumervil registered a quarterback sack, forced fumble and recovery.
  • Linebacker Wesley Woodyard posted an interception in his last meeting against the Bengals.
  • Defensive end Jason Hunter registered his 11th career sack last week.
  • Safety Brian Dawkins led the team with eight tackles against Oakland.
  • During Denver's regular season opener, wide receiver Eric Decker posted 181 yards total (53 yards receiving and 128 punt return yards), including a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown.

TEAM RANKINGS (2011)

Offense Bengals Broncos
Total 294.0 (24th) 310.0 (23rd)
Scoring 27th (t-12th) 20 (t-20th)
Third Downs 41% (14th) 46% (t-7th)
Rushing 139.0 (9th) 38.0 (32nd)
Rushing TDs 1 (t-4th) 0 (t-19th)
20-Yard Runs 1 (t-5th) 0 (t-18th)
Passing 155.0 (t-27th) 272.0 (13th)
Passing TDs 2 (t-7th) 1 (t-20th)
Sacks Allowed 4 (t-20th) 5 (t-28th)
20-yard Passes 5 (t-7th) 3 (t-18th)
     
Defense Bengals Broncos
Total 285.0 (6th) 289.0 (7th)
Scoring 17 (t-9th) 23 (15th)
3rd Downs Allowed 27 (8th) 36 (15th)
Rushing 83.0 (14th) 190.0 (31st)
Rushing TDs 0 (t-1st) 1 (t-15th)
20-Yard Runs 0 (t-1st) 3 (32nd)
Passing 202.0 (12th) 99.0 (2nd)
Passing TDs 2 (t-14th) 1 (t-6th)
Sacks 2 (t-17th) 1 (t-26th)
QB Rating 70.1 (5th) 86.4 (15th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 2 (t-6th) 0 (t-1st)
Interceptions 1 (t-4th) 0 (t-21st)
     
Special Teams Bengals Broncos
Kickoff Return 23.0 (t-16th) -
Punt Return 15.0 (t-6th) -
Punting (Net) 38.0 (11th) 31.3 (28th)
Punts Inside the 20 2 (t-4th) 1 (t-13th)

CAREER AGAINST THE BRONCOS

Andy Dalton

Date Cmp Att Yrds TD INT Rating
N/A            

Bruce Gradkowski

Date Cmp Att Yrds TD INT Rating
N/A            

Cedric Benson

Date Rushes Yards TDs
9.13.2009 21 76 1

Jerome Simpson

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.19.2010 2 30 0

A.J. Green

Date Rec Yards TDs
N/A      

Jordan Shipley

Date Rec Yards TDs
N/A 2 14 0

Andre Caldwell

Date Rec Yards TDs
9.13.2009 6 54 0

Jermaine Gresham

Date Rec Yards TDs
N/A