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2011 Game-By-Game: Week 2

Posted May 10, 2011

In Week 2 of the 2011 season, the Broncos take on the Cincinnati Bengals in their second consecutive home game.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Over the next few weeks, we'll take a look at the Broncos' 2011 schedule game-by-game, including a recap of what happened the last time the teams clashed, matchups to keep an eye on and more.

Below is a closer look at Week 2's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Week 2: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, September 18
• TIME: 2:15 p.m. MDT
• LOCATION: INVESCO Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2010 RECORD: 4-12
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP.: 17-8

THE LAST TIME: The Broncos and Bengals squared off most recently in the preseason -- the first exhibition of the 2010 campaign. In a 33-24 Bengals victory, Tim Tebow led the Broncos in passing and found the end zone on a run as time expired.

But the last time Denver played Cincinnati in the regular season included a play Broncos fans will likely never forget. Down one point to the Bengals with 28 seconds remaining in the 2009 season opener, Kyle Orton dropped back and fired a pass from his own 13-yard line.

The ball, intended for Brandon Marshall, was tipped in the air before being snared by Brandon Stokley. The veteran receiver raced 87 yards down the field for the go-ahead touchdown in what would ultimately be a 12-7 Broncos victory.

"We all know football takes some skill, preparation and a little luck, and I think we got some of that at the end of the game," Mario Haggan smiled.

Links: Snatching a Season-Opening Victory | Making One More Play | The Morning After: Week 1 | Gamecenter

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Broncos and Bengals both selected in the top four in the 2011 NFL Draft, with Georgia receiver A.J. Green heading to Cincinnati, and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller joining the Broncos. Both teams hope the rookies can step in and make an immediate impact, so seeing the two of them on the field at the same time will be an interesting aspect of the game to keep an eye on.

KEY MATCHUP: Rookie quarterback vs. Veteran secondary
The Bengals selected TCU quarterback Andy Dalton in the second round, presumably as their signal caller of the future. If Carson Palmer isn't the starter in Cincinnati in 2011 and Dalton steps under center, a secondary featuring the likes of Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins will be the biggest test of his young career.

NOTES: 2011 marks the first time the team has opened the season with two consecutive home games since the 1998 campaign...The Broncos have won 13 out of the last 16 games between the clubs.

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