Denver needed a Cincinnati to play to get the wolves away from new coach Josh McDaniels' doorstep. The Bengals have talent -- see Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco amongst others -- but they are a notoriously bad or underachieving team.
The Broncos controlled Palmer and Ochocinco, limited the Bengals' running game, got a solid game from quarterback Kyle Orton, a huge highlight from Brandon Stokely and enough running from Correll Buckhalter to win and do so on the road.
Even if for but a week, it was encouraging and exciting.
Enjoy it. There won't be many moments like this in 2009.