If there’s one team that Peyton Manning loves to line up against, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals.
Manning continued to dominate Cincy Sunday, throwing three touchdowns as the Broncos topped the Bengals, 31-23.
On the day, Manning overcame two picks to go 27-of-35 passing for 291 yards for Denver (5-3), which has won three straight.
Eric Decker caught eight balls for 99 yards and two scores, while Demaryius Thomas finished with six receptions for 77 yards for the AFC West-leading Broncos.
The Broncos also got a huge play from the special teams, as Trindon Holliday took the opening kickoff of the second half 105 yards up the middle for a touchdown to put Denver up 17-3.
Overall, it was Manning’s poise that helped in the win, and lifetime he’s 10-0 vs the Bengals.
Denver started their first possession of the game at their own 20 after forcing a punt, and Manning converted a pair of third downs through the air before a 21-yard reception by Decker set up Matt Prater’s 43-yard field goal.
Cincinnati later took over on offense at its own 33 after the teams traded punts, and Green’s 37-yard catch down the right sideline highlighted a 10- play, 57-yard drive that Mike Nugent capped with a 28-yard field goal to knot the game at 3-3 with 14:12 left in the second quarter.
Denver regained the lead on its next touch, though, as Manning found Thomas deep down the left sideline for a 45-yard gain to move the ball to the Cincinnati 21.
Three plays later, Decker caught a short pass to the left and fought off a defender as he pushed his way across the goal line for a 13-yard touchdown.
Brandon Tate returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to give the Bengals the ball at their own 44, but a holding penalty and a sack moved them backwards and they were forced to punt.
Nugent missed a 46-yard field goal wide right as time expired in the half to keep it a 10-3 game at the break.
Andy Dalton went 26-for-42 through the air for 299 yards with a touchdown and interception for the Bengals (3-5), who have dropped their last four.
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