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Good Morning, Broncos fans. That felt familiar, didn’t it? In case you missed it, yesterday’s game went just like every other trip to Baltimore for the Broncos - so just picture one of those prior affairs and you’re good. Denver got shoved around (28 first downs and 233 rushing yards for BAL), played undisciplined (10 penalties), couldn’t keep the ball (1 fumble and 23:43 of possession), couldn’t move the ball (one fruitless trip to the red zone), and again lost the battle up front (4 tackles for loss and 1 sack for BAL, 0 TFL and 1 sack for DEN) in losing 31-17. The final score does not do the game justice, however - the Ravens may have had a TD on their first drive had they challenged the call, and the Broncos got a garbage-time TD pass from Kyle Orton to Brandon Lloyd for their final score (Lloyd’s second of the game). In other words, it wasn’t nearly as close as 14 points would indicate, and really it felt more like a 42-10 game. Andre’ Goodman started but departed after just four plays, while Darcel McBath injured an ankle and Demaryius Thomas left with an apparent neck injury while fumbling a kickoff he returned from five yards deep. Brian Dawkins, David Bruton and Robert Ayers also got a bit banged up. Better rest/heal up quickly, though - another bruising team is next on the schedule, as the New Jersey Jets visit on Sunday.
Here’s the box score to analyze the pain.
BTV and Chris Hall recap the game.
Mike Klis sums up the game.
LJ examines the long drive which put Baltimore up 24-7, essentially closing out the game as the fourth quarter just got started.
Legwold points out that Denver faced third-and-long situations for much of the day.
Mason goes over the numbers that stood out from yesterday’s game.
As we all are today, Kiszla wonders how tough the Broncos really are.
Krieger says it’s all about the running game.
Matt Prater has made 17 consecutive field goals, among other notes.
FWIW, Brandon Lloyd has the most receiving yards over the first five games of a season in Broncos history.
More notes from LJ. Now, is it any wonder why Denver fans are wasting so much time focusing on former Broncos like Peyton Hillis (surely Alphonso Smith will be next) when the DP is giving a weekly update on their exploits? Gee, let me guess - this week’s mailbags will feature angry folks asking how McDaniels could spend so much to get Smith and then just trade him away after a year…
Naturally, Mike Preston just thinks the Broncos are a bad team, and again a pass-happy WCO team. What a shame.
Nick Canepa blames Norv.
Matt Bowen wants to know how the Broncos feel after getting beat up yesterday. Plus, he’s impressed by the Chefs’ D.
Here’s what Jonathan Comey learned yesterday.
Don Banks wraps up the day.
Just how accurate is Brian Burke’s prediction model?
Does it make you feel better that PK ranks Baltimore as the best team in the league in MMQB?
Both PK and Mike Silver have a lot to say about the Dolts and their horrid special-teams play thus far.
Here is what stood out to Pat Kirwan yesterday.
CHFF thinks the Dolts are just full of hot air.
Brian Burke looks at what level of run success leads to winning.
KSK found some poor decisions by Todd Haley yesterday that may have cost the Chefs in Indy.