Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Trae Waynes (26) defends Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick during Sunday's game at Empower Field at Mile High.

Former teammates now foes: Trae Waynes’ Bengals top Melvin Gordon’s Broncos

Cincinnati scores a 15-10 victory Sunday at Mile High

By David MarranKENOSHA.COM

As the longtime Kenosha News sports editor, Marran mentored a team of talented writers over a span of two decades, crafting award-winning coverage and high praise from the local sports community.

For the third consecutive time, Trae Waynes got the best of Melvin Gordon on Sunday afternoon.

The former Bradford High School teammates squared off in Colorado with Waynes’ Cincinnati Bengals topping Gordon’s Denver Broncos, 15-10, before a capacity crowd of 76,134 at Empower Field at Mile High.

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon picks up some yards against the Cincinnati Bengals.

This was Waynes’ first battle with Gordon as a member of the Bengals. In his previous meetings, Waynes’ Minnesota Vikings defeated Gordon’s Chargers 31-14 on Sept. 27, 2015 in Minneapolis and 39-10 on Dec. 15, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Sunday marked Waynes’ return to action following a nagging hamstring injury. A cornerback, the Harborside Academy graduate recorded two tackles in his first game (third overall this season) since a 25-22 home loss to the Packers on Oct. 10.

Gordon, a running back, gained 53 yards on 15 carries and caught one pass for eight yards. On the season, Gordon has carried the ball 174 times for 769 yards (4.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns, while catching 23 passes for 174 yards and two TDs.

The Bengals improved to 8-6 and the Broncos dropped to 7-7.