Posted Sun Aug 15th by Monty
Cincinnati Bengals 33, Denver Broncos 24.
Kyle Orton and the first-team offense lit it up, while the second and third-teamers didn’t leave fans quite as encouraged.
After starting with an impressive 14-0 lead on three offensive possessions, Orton proved that while he may not win gassers during training camp he still runs the Broncos. Orton finished the day 8 of 13 for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
Behind a very unproductive second team offense and defense the Broncos quickly lost their strong lead and allowed the Bengals to take over; leaving the third team to make up for a score of 33-17 in the Bengals favor. Broncos backup quarterback Brady Quinn contributed to that score throwing the team’s lone interception which lead to a David Jones interception and a fumble (which Quinn was able to recover). Quinn on the day looked very much like most backup quarterbacks in Denver history.
As poor tackling and special teams mounted the Broncos team looked finished; you could hear the cries for rookie Tim Tebow from a mile away.
Tebow started strong, a spectacular pass to Matthew Willis would have been an early seven and could have created an actual controversy in Denver (at least for the backup role) had Willis been able to pull it in.
In the fourth quarter amidst more poor tackling and what appeared to be a severe lack of protection Tebow orchestrated a drive with less than a minute remaining that was nearly topped off by a pass to Marquez Branson (who started the game at tight end and even lined up in the backfield once or twice) in the end zone. After review it was ruled that Branson had dropped the pass which lead to a fantastic Tebow scramble for a touchdown on the following play.
The play of the second and third teams ultimately leaves more questions that answers:
What do the Broncos do about Brady Quinn? How can the Broncos address their already thin depth? Can the defense and special teams remember what a tackle feels like by the season opener?
We’ll have much more on the game later tonight and tomorrow; for now, dish it out in the comments.