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...
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."
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