Broncos vs. Bengals: Best Games of All Time

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Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) makes a catch while being defended by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Broncos and Bengals meet for the third time in four years as the other first round bye is on the line. What are some big games between these two teams?

This should go without saying that this game means a lot for the Denver Broncos. With a chance at the first round bye up for grabs, the Broncos and Bengals meet for the second straight year. It also is the third time in the last four years these two teams have met.

In the last meeting, the Broncos let a chance at homefield advantage slip away as the Bengals used a strong defensive showing in the final quarter to upset the Broncos 37-28. The loss ultimately dropped the Broncos to the second seed in the AFC.

However, the Broncos have usually fared well against their opponents from the Queen City. The Broncos currently hold a 19-9 series advantage. No playoff meetings were involved here. Although it would not surprise me if that does happen this year.

The season is coming down to a close. As a fan of the game, I am not looking forward to it. So, here we go. Let us take a look at five games between these two teams that I thought were memorable.

#5- September 2nd, 1979

The Broncos and Bengals met at Mile High Stadium in the season opener. It would prove to be a great way to start the season for the team in blue and orange as they would record their first and only shutout against the Bengals in history.

Aided by nearly 400 yards of total offense, the Broncos only had ten points to show for it but it was all that they needed. Jim Turner opened up the scoring for the Broncos on a 37-yard attempt and Dave Preston ended it with a six yard touchdown reception.

This was a clean game as both teams never once turned the ball over by way of an interception or a fumble. The Broncos did outgain the Bengals on the ground 199-95.

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