• Quarterbacks: Kyle Orton has shown no shortage of confidence in training camp and played that way. In a pass-first look on offense, he led the Broncos' starters on two scoring drives, jumped on an ill-timed Bengals penalty on each of those, and completed passes to five different players on the way to 84 yards and the two scores.
Brady Quinn struggled mightily at times — at one point, his quarterback rating was 0.0 when an interception was returned for a touchdown. He finished just 6-of-16.
Tim Tebow entered the game with 4:39 left in the third quarter and found rough going at times, but he did play patiently against the Bengals' prevent look to push the Broncos on a scoring drive to finish the game.
• Running backs: Lance Ball got the start, but as a whole this group didn't get the ball much when the No. 1 or No. 2 offense was on the field. The Broncos ran the ball just three times in the first quarter — Ball got all three carries — and eight times overall in the first half, 15 times in the game.
• Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal worked with the starters out of the three-wide look, with Royal lining up in the slot much of his time. Josh McDaniels has said they want to make a concerted effort to get Royal more involved this season, and Royal's 12-yard catch, out of the right slot, was the first score.
Brandon Stokley was the third receiver when the Broncos went to the three wide with the second-team offense and did not get a snap with the regulars. Matt Willis drew two pass- interference penalties.