CINCINNATI — The Broncos improved to 3-0 on Sunday, getting four touchdown passes from Trevor Siemian in a 29-17 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
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After the Bengals took a 17-16 lead early in the fourth quarter after a long drive, Siemian engineered a 13-play, 82-yard drive, chewing 7:56 off the clock. Siemian found John Phillips from 1 yard out on second down for the touchdown.
The Broncos went for two and failed when Siemian fell, leaving them ahead, 22-17, with 6:56 to play.
After the Broncos forced a three-and-out, Siemian drove the Broncos to another touchdown. On first down, he found Jeff Heuerman for 29 yards for a first down.
After a run went for a loss and an incompletion, Siemian went deep on third-and-long, finding Demaryius Thomas on a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown to make it 29-17.
Then, on the Bengals’ ensuing play, Dalton was intercepted by Will Parks to all but seal the win.
“It was a team effort,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “We made some mistakes, but it was a tough way to play like last week. … We kept our poise and Trevor made some real big plays.”
Siemian completed 23 of 35 passes for 312 yards and no interceptions. Emmanuel Sanders finished with nine receptions for 117 yards and two first-half touchdowns (41 and 7 yards). Thomas had six catches for 100 yards.
“That’s a tough team to throw it against,” Kubiak said.
‘If we can get a win here in this environment, that says a lot about our team,” Siemian said. “Really proud of the guys to get the win.”
The Broncos finished with 355 yards but only 52 on the ground, while the balanced Bengals had 332 yards (189 through the air, 143 on the ground).
“We had to be aggressive,” Kubiak said. “We did not run the ball at all today. They took it away.”
But the Broncos were aided by nine Bengals penalties, five of which resulted in first downs.
The Broncos return to action next week with a rare trip to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers. It’s a 2:05 p.m. kickoff.