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CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green took a couple of steps Boomer Esiason Jersey , tried to cut and crumbled to the ground, grabbing his right foot. He was carted off the field, along with the Bengals‘ hopes of a late-season recovery.They keep unraveling a little more each week.Rookie Phillip Lindsay rushed for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday as Denver adapted to a windy afternoon and got its third straight victory, 24-10 over the Bengals.After a 4-1 start, Cincinnati (5-7) has dropped six of seven with a historically bad defense and a series of injuries that depleted the roster. Not even a change in defensive coordinator has made much of a dent.“I just want to see us challenge ourselves to turn it around before the end of the season,” cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “That’s the only thing I can say right now.”The Bengals are imploding in coach Marvin Lewis’ 16th season. He fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and assumed the job of running the defense, but they’re 0-3 under that arrangement.The Broncos (6-6) rushed for 218 yards , the third time in the past four games that Cincinnati has given up 200 yards on the ground. The Bengals have allowed four teams to run for 200 yards this season, and Kansas City had 198 yards on the ground.“I’m disappointed with our football game today like that,” Lewis said.With the Bengals on course for a third straight season missing out on the playoffs, fans are giving up. The crowd of 44 Jordan Evans Jersey White ,392 on Sunday was the smallest at Paul Brown Stadium since 2011.Fans in the upper deck tape a large banner to the front of a seating section before each game. On Sunday, they taped up a blank banner — nothing left to say about this season.Quarterback Andy Dalton tore a ligament in the thumb on his passing hand a week earlier, ending his season. Jeff Driskel made his first NFL start on Sunday and had Green back after he missed three games with an injured toe on his right foot.Green had only one catch before reinjuring the foot, most likely ending his season.“He was obviously battling just to play,” Bengals receiver Alex Erickson said. “I’m sure it’s devastating to him and to the team.”Driskel finished 25 of 38 for 236 yards with a touchdown, an interception , a fumble and four sacks.“Not good enough,” Driskel summed up.The line also was in flux and struggled to adapt.Left tackle Cordy Glenn missed a second straight game with a bad back. Guard Clint Boling started at left tackle, and Trey Hopkins started at guard. The line got three penalties for holding, two for false starts and one for an illegal block.Cincinnati was penalized eight times in the first half, its most in an opening half since 2009. The Bengals finished with 12 penalties for 100 yards.“There are no excuses Boomer Esiason Jersey White ,” right tackle Bobby Hart said. “No matter who’s in there or what’s going on, it’s your job to get things done.”Dre Kirkpatrick’s highs and lows were all on display against Baltimore Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has taken his fair share of criticism, but he does some impressive things in coverage when put in the right situation. Kirkpatrick had a few negative plays early in the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, but as the game went on, he put out some quality tape.On this first play, where Jessie Bates caught his first career interception, the Bengals are in Cover 1 man (with Bates as the single-high safety) and Kirkpatrick is playing loose at 7 yards on the bottom of the screen. He lets Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV eat up his cushion too fast. Kirkpatrick struggles with receivers like Snead who are good at creating separation, and off a free release that gives him plenty of space to build up speed in the vertical stem, Snead blazes by Kirkpatrick. He should be faster in his back pedal and transition faster to turn and run with the receiver. Kirkpatrick is on the top of the screen on this next play. The wide receiver pushes him vertically and stems to the outside. Kirkpatrick turns to the outside as the receiver pushes that direction, but quickly turns back in and stays with him. Kirkpatrick gets his eyes to the ball and is in position to make the play, but unfortunately drops the interception. Kirkpatrick is excellent with his feet on this play Carlos Dunlap Jersey White , but his hands let him down, like they usually do. Here, Snead is again lined up against Kirkpatrick on the top of the screen. He is able to stem and get inside of Kirkpatrick on the vertical route. To his credit, Kirkpatrick fights back and gets back into good position, but he needlessly grabs Snead’s jersey and draws the flag. This is a big mistake that gives the Ravens first-and-goal.Kirkpatrick does an excellent job on this vertical route. He is playing wide receiver John Brown tight at the top of the screen. His hips are excellent on this play, and that allows him to transition quickly.Once he turns to the receiver, he closes the horizontal space between himself and Brown. This pressures Brown to move closer to the sideline, which narrows the window for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to throw in. Once again, Kirkpatrick is covering Brown in tight man coverage at the top of the screen. Brown runs a vertical route, but chops his feet after a few yards trying to make Kirkpatrick think that he is going to cut off his route. Brown then quickly continues his route up the sideline, and Kirkpatrick is unphased. He chops his feet in his backpedal Anthony Munoz Jersey , then turns and runs with Brown stride for stride. This is excellent coverage by Kirkpatrick, but an incredible throw by Flacco and some sideline tow-tapping by Brown makes it a touchdown. Kirkpatrick is best when he is able to use his strength and length in addition to his speed. On the bottom of the screen, Kirkpatrick uses his hands to jam wide receiver Michael Crabtree at the line of scrimmage. Crabtree releases to the outside and Kirkpatrick quickly gets on his hip. He leans on the route keeping Crabtree on the sideline. With this excellent coverage, Flacco lofts the ball out of bounds.Kirkpatrick has had his ups and downs, but has the skillet to be a solid boundary cornerback. The Bengals could help him by flipping fellow cornerback William Jackson and him around based on matchups, with Jackson taking on the team’s best receiver, but that doesn’t seem like it’d going to happen based off the first two games. Kirkpatrick plays best against receivers with some size who have more straight-line speed than lateral speed, and he also benefits from jamming and using his length. His strengths are well telegraphed at this point, as are his weaknesses. With a talented secondary around him, Kirkpatrick has a chance to turn in an above average year in a new scheme.