Coming off their bye week, the Denver Broncos looked to keep their shocking undefeated start going as they headed to Baltimore Sunday. Instead, they were taught a rather harsh lesson as the Ravens held the Denver offense down all day in a 30-7 setback. The loss puts Denver at 6-1 on the season.
The surprise of the season had not only been the Broncos as a whole, but the play of QB Kyle Orton, who never got the teams offense going on Sunday. He was held in check, going just 23 of 37 for 152 yards. He was sacked twice. “We didn’t play our best ball, but they’re a pretty good team and they beat us pretty good today on all sides of the ball,” Orton said. “We didn’t really do a whole lot.”
That’s an understatement. The Broncos had exactly 200 yards of offense, 15 first downs, and were just 3-for-13 on third downs. They were held to just 66 yards rushing on 19 carries, a 3.5 yards per carry average. Plus they also lost the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 26:23 to 33:37 for Baltimore.
The Broncos and Ravens traded blows in the first half, as neither team could get much going. Baltimore was able to covert two field goals from Steven Hauschka, one from 43 yards and the other from 35 yards. After the halftime gun though, the Ravens took charge on the opening kickoff of the second half, as Lardarius Webb went 95 yards for a Ravens score that made it 13-0.
That is two games in a row that the Broncos special teams has allowed a kick to be run back for a score, as Darren Sproles of the Chargers took back a punt in the Denver win in San Diego two weeks back. The Broncos were able to get it to 13-7 as Knshown Moreno went in from a yard out after a nice 10-play, 88-yard drive that was the best of the day for Denver.
After that the team had four possessions, three ending in punts, and the final drive ended the game. The Ravens ran over the Broncos in the second half, scoring two touchdowns and putting up a field goal in their four second half offensive possessions.
After the Broncos closed it to 13-7, the Ravens got another field goal to make it 16-7, then put the game away as Joe Flacco hit Derrick Mason with a 20-yard score with 13:07 left to make it 23-7. Game over. The loss stopped the Broncos from a 7-0 start, the first time they would have been able to have done that since 1998.