Sunday, November 1, 2009
Broncos Gameday Recap: Game #7 - at Ravens
Ravens 30 Broncos 7 - Momma said there'd be days like this...on a rainy day in Baltimore the Broncos fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a thud. You could kind of see this one coming, the Ravens had lost three in a row and were coming off a bye week to a rabid home crowd and in desperate need of a win. The Broncos were riding a season long winning streak, and could afford to lose this one. I'm not surprised by the results, although it'd have been nice to see them at least complete.
This is the type of game I thought at the beginning of the year that we'd see a lot from the Broncos, not a lot of offense and the defense not being able to shut down the opponent. Thus far, the Broncos had been able to avoid it, but today the Ravens ran roughshod over them, and they could manage little more than a whimper and a limp to the sidelines. You could tell from the first play when Jarret Johnson flew in unblocked to destroy Kyle Orton that it might not be the Broncos day.
The defense gave a game effort, but with absolutely no help from their offense, by the end they were just unable to keep shutting down Joe Flacco and company. If you just looked at the scoreboard at the half, you might think that the game was rather close, as Baltimore only led by a score of 6-0, but the domination was much more severe than that. Even at only 6-0, it appeared that the Broncos had no chance, and when Lardarius (Yes, some mother actually named her son Lardarius) Webb ran back the opening kickoff of the 2nd half back for a touchdown, it was done. The Broncos were not coming back from 13 points back with the way they were playing. The Broncos made one scoring drive aided by a 39 yard pass interference penalty against the Ravens. Knowshon Moreno took the ball in from one yard out, but the offense didn't do anything after that. The defense gave up two second half touchdowns and a field goal, basically this was ugly.
Positives from the Game:
Knowshon Moreno's touchdown celebration: When Moreno scored in the third quarter he ran a bit deeper into the end zone and then blew a kiss to the crowd. It was so simple and yet it elicited a loud chorus of boos from the Baltimore faithful. I loved it.
Somehow Mitch Berger didn't get his punt blocked by Ed Reed: Early in the game, new punter Mitch Berger looked like he was going to get his punt blocked yet somehow the ball flew right between the two extended arms of Ed Reed perfectly not get touched despite the fact that if Reed stuck his tongue out of the play, he might have been able to tell you what flavor the ball was. It was a minor miracle of special teams. By the way, the Broncos are 6-0 with Brett Kern, and 0-1 without him. They may look back on dropper Kern as a bad moment in the season, I'm not convinced that he was not their good luck charm, and I fear for their karma with Kern gone.
Negatives from the game:
Knowshon Moreno's fumble: Knowshon once again put the ball on the turf. That makes three so far this year, which is a lot for the rookie. He can probably be forgiven for this one, as he was smashed into by Ed Reed who put a gigantic lick on him. I'm just glad he remembered what his name was after that play. The fumble led to the first three points of the game for Baltimore.
Special Teams play: