COIN TOSS: After a moment of silence in honor of former Bengal Icky Woods’ son, who recently passed away, and the National Anthem, the teams are ready for the coin toss. Daniel Graham, Kyle Orton, Champ Bailey and Wesley Woodyard are captains. The Broncos call tails, and it is tails. Denver elects to receive, and the game is about to get underway.
Q1 15:00: Perrish Cox is back deep to receive, and the rookie fields the kickoff at the 4-yard line. He finds some room and gets it out to the 28-yard line, where the offense will start the game. The starters are Orton at quarterback, Lance Ball at running back, Graham and Marquez Branson at tight end, Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd at receiver, D’Anthony Batiste, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Russ Hochstein and Ryan Harris on the offensive line.
Q1 14:17: After a 31-yard gain on a pass from Orton to Lloyd on first down, the quarterback finds Ball out of the backfield for a four-yard gain. On second-and-6, Orton completes it to Branson for a first down on the Cincinnati 29-yard line.
Q1 13:07: Ball takes a handoff for a gain of four to the 25-yard line on first down before being taken down by Tank Johnson. Second down brings another pass from Orton, this one intended for Gaffney in the left side of the end zone, but the pass sails incomplete. On third-and-6, the crowd at Paul Brown Stadium gets loud, and Orton drops back intot he shotgun. Eddie Royal has entered the game, and Orton fires a pass toward Graham in the middle of the field. The pass was tipped and falls incomplete, but Ortonw as roughed by Tank Johnson on the play — a penalty good for half the distance to the goal and a first down at the 13-yard line.
Q1 12:19: The ensuing play is a pass from Orton to Royal, and the third-year receiver weaves his way through the defense before diving into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown. Matt Prater knocks home the extra point, and Denver now leads Cincinnati by a score of 7-0.
DENVER 7, CINCINNATI 0