DENVER — The Broncos lost their sixth game in a row on Sunday, their longest losing streak since 1990.
After both teams went three-and-out on their opening drives, the Broncos special teams stepped up to the plate with a huge play.
Shaquil Barrett blocked the Bengals’ punt to give the Broncos offense great field position at the 29-yard line.
Things didn’t go as planned though as quarterback Brock Osweiler attempted a throw to Cody Latimer and the ball was intercepted by Dre Kirkpatrick.
It looked to be a pick-six, but Kirkpatrick dropped the ball at the 1-yard line.
Dre Kirkpatrick nearly has a 101-yard PICK-6…
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But, ultimately, the Bengals would find the end zone to give them the early lead — but they missed the extra point, giving the Broncos some relief.
The Broncos offense responded on their next drive as Osweiler and C.J. Anderson quickly moved past midfield.
After a huge throw to Bennie Fowler, a short run from Devontae Booker and a run from Osweiler, the Broncos were marching down the field.
Taking a risk on fourth-and-1, Anderson broke a tackle and ran it to the Bengals 19-yard line.
Anderson would end the drive with a touchdown from the 3 on third down, giving the Broncos a 7-6 lead.
It was the first touchdown in the first quarter in six games for the Broncos and the first rushing touchdown in the first quarter this season.
It was also the first time since Week 4 that the Broncos were leading at the end of the first quarter.
That lead didn’t last long as the Bengals would come back with a touchdown to open the second quarter as Andy Dalton hit Alex Erickson.
As the first half was coming to a close, the Broncos hoped to cut the lead.
The offense got close enough for Brandon McManus to attempt a 61-yard field goal. He made the first kick, but the Bengals called a timeout.
The second attempt was blocked and it remained 13-7 at halftime.
After a 41-yard field goal from McManus, the Bengals put up another touchdown to make it 20-10 with about eight minutes left in the game.
The Broncos showed some fight as Demaryius Thomas scored a touchdown to bring it back within three with five minutes left in the game.
It didn’t matter. A quick three-and-out with less than two minutes sealed the deal.
The last time Cincinnati won in Denver was in 1975.
The Broncos drop to 3-7 and take on the AFC West rival Oakland next week.