Cincinnati nearly cut into Denver’s lead before halftime, but kicker Mike Nugent’s attempt from 46 yards out sailed wide right as time in the first half expired.
Looking to mount a two-minute drive before the break, the Bengals started the drive with an 18-yard completion from quarterback Andy Dalton to wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on third-and-13.
With the ball at their own 38 after that completion, the Bengals moved into Broncos territory on a 9-yard completion from Dalton to wide receiver A.J. Green that was followed a few plays later by a 17-yard completion to wide receiver Brandon Tate.
The Broncos’ lead is seven after a solid first half highlighted by another strong performance from quarterback Peyton Manning, who has completed 15 of 20 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Manning’s leading receiver so far is wide receiver Eric Decker with five catches for 60 yards, including a touchdown. Fellow wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has hauled in four catches for 58 yards.
Overall, Denver has outgained Cincinnati 184-152, but has converted only eight first downs to the Bengals’ 10. Dalton has led the Bengals by going 13-for-22 for 123 yards passing.