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Horse Tracks 11/2/09 - Ravens hand Broncos first loss of season in dominating fashion, 30-7


Yes, the score was much closer for most of the game - but in all honesty, that was a whooping. The Broncos' defense kept them just within reach, but couldn't come up with the big plays (no takeaways, plenty of missed tackles and sacks). Giving up a KR touchdown to open the second half was killer, as the offense's responding TD was the only good drive of the day (although penalty-aided). Joe Flacco was spectacular - elusive in the pocket, on target with his throws. Ryan Harris left the game with a pair of injured toes, heading home in a splint. With San Diego's victory over Oakland, the Broncos now have a 2-game lead in the AFC West. IMO, now's not time to wonder what's wrong with the Broncos; they simply got beaten on the road by an excellent team. Denver doesn't have the glaring problems facing teams like the Packers and Steelers (O-Line) or the Giants (secondary). This is still a 12- or 13-win team and if we see the Ravens again, it'll be in Denver...

NFL - Ravens 30, Broncos 7 - Video highlights with radio calls

DB - Ravens Postgame: Report - Broncos TV

NFL - Denver Broncos 7 at Baltimore Ravens 30 - Box Score

DB - Ravens Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DPP - Briefs: Tackle Harris out with foot injury; Polumbus fills in
"The Broncos' starting right tackle suffered a serious injury to the two smallest toes on his right foot early in the second quarter of Baltimore's 30-7 win Sunday...In addition to Harris' toe injury, the Broncos must evaluate safeties David Bruton and Darcel McBath today. Both had leg injuries...As a sign of good faith, the Broncos dropped the fines star receiver Brandon Marshall incurred during preseason, according to an NFL source."

DB - Ravens Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

NFL GameDay - Broncos vs. Ravens highlights - Video

DB - Missed Opportunities - Zach Eisendrath

DB - Tackling Adversity - Gray Caldwell

DPP - Broncos suffer first loss of season - Mike Klis

DPP - Legwold: Ravens' Flacco impresses Broncos - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Long day for Broncos' Orton, offense - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Broncos' Berger has to kick off some rust - Mike Klis

DPP - Paige: Broncos can't mask bad effort

DPP - Kiszla: Broncos might have to change offensive blueprint

DPP - Armstrong: Broncos' offense still on vacation in loss

CBS - Ravens shine light on what could be undoing of Broncos - Pete Prisco

FH - Ravens Expose Broncos as Pretenders - Kevin Blackistone

AP - Broncos Stumble For The First Time, Fall To 6-1 - David Ginsburg

Ravens News

BS - Ravens 30, Broncos 7: Ravens play complete game, deal Broncos 1st loss - Jamison Hensley

BS - Special teams excel as Webb goes all the way - Ken Murray

BS - Ravens-Broncos: Mike Preston's report card - Mike Preston

BS - Ravens' short game has long-run benefits - Mike Preston

BS - Ravens Insider: 5 things we learned in Ravens' win over Broncos - Ron Fritz

BS - Ravens played like Ravens of old - Kevin Cowherd

BS - On-target field-goal tries kick up Hauschka's confidence a notch - Edward Lee

ESPN - Ravens' D playing 'angry' again - James Walker

NFL Results

NFL - Oakland Raiders 16 at San Diego Chargers 24

NFL - Houston Texans 31 at Buffalo Bills 10

NFL - Cleveland Browns 6 at Chicago Bears 30

NFL - Seattle Seahawks 17 at Dallas Cowboys 38

NFL - Miami Dolphins 30 at New York Jets 25

NFL - San Francisco 49ers 14 at Indianapolis Colts 18

NFL - New York Giants 17 at Philadelphia Eagles 40

NFL - St. Louis Rams 17 at Detroit Lions 10

NFL - Jacksonville Jaguars 13 at Tennessee Titans 30

NFL - Minnesota Vikings 38 at Green Bay Packers 26

NFL - Carolina Panthers 34 at Arizona Cardinals 21

AFC West News

ESPN - Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable abused them, women say

NYT - Raiders Coach Admits Hitting His Former Wife - Judy Battista

SFC - Bolts have Raiders blue - David White

SFC - Jackson has rare receiving day against Oakland - David White

OT - Poole: Time for Davis to assess value of Cable package

OT - D j vu, all over again for the Raiders - Steve Corkran

SDUT - Chargers win, but get a scare - Chris Jenkins

SDUT - Raiders just a bit testy after latest loss in the valley - Ed Zieralski

SDUT - Chargers stick it to Raiders for 13th straight time - Kevin Acee

SDUT - After 22 months, Merriman finally back in the sacking business - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Bolts need more than happy talk - Kevin Acee

KCS - Chiefs will keep an eye on LJ - Kent Babb

NYT - What Is Johnson’s Future in Kansas City? - Judy Battista

NFL News

FH - Owen Daniels Reportedly Out for Season With Right Knee Injury - Will Brinson

NFL - Panthers QB Delhomme suffers chest contusion vs. Cardinals

NFL - Browns RB Lewis announces his intent to retire after season

NFL - Cardinals WR Boldin re-injures ankle, exits game vs. Panthers

NFL - Fumbling Slaton sits while Moats gives Bills fits in Texans' victory

NFL Opinion

NFP - Sunday rewind: Week 8 - Matt Bowen

SI - Cowboys turning heads, Ravens 'D' stars and more - Don Banks

NFL - Behind effective Romo, Cowboys quietly emerging as title contender - Bucky Brooks

CBS - Week 8 Judgements: Vikings aren't afraid to take plunge - Clark Judge

Y! - Favre not alone in getting measure of redemption - Charles Robinson

NYT - What We Learned, Week 8: A Day for the Have-Nots - Judy Battista

ESPN - Last Call: Wrapping up Week 8 - John Clayton

SI - Brett Favre elated he came back and that Vikings are winning - Peter King

FH - Packers in Pain After Another Loss to Favre, Vikings - Thomas George

FH - Favre Quiets Haters, Gets Last Laugh - Jay Mariotti

FOX - Win at Lambeau extra sweet for Vikings' Favre - Alex Marvez

SN - Packers fans make statement; Favre has final say - Dennis Dillon

Y! - Vikings might be better than '96 Packers - Jason Cole

NFL - Favre deals Packers, their fans a painful dose of cruel reality - Steve Wyche

NFL - Win over reeling Giants puts Eagles in NFC East driver's seat - Vic Carucci

FOX - Now, that's more like Eagles we expected - Jimmy Johnson

SN - Suddenly, Giants have a gigantic mess to clean up - Clifton Brown

PFW - Redskins skin-deep in chaos