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Broncos vs Ravens over the years

Here is a look back at the short history between the two teams, as well as news and notes courtesy of Denver’s weekly release.

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MHR Radio Podcast

Good morning, Broncos Country

For the first time in 2018, the Denver Broncos take to the road.

All week, the coaches and players have talked about the need to play a complete game today against the Baltimore Ravens. Will that come to fruition or will fans need to down the Tums to soothe their gut?

On the lastest MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I give our keys to the games and players to watch. You also can check out my weekly segment with Michael Klahr and Mark Knudson, where we talk about how Broncos fans aren’t shocked to be 2-0, but they ask me what is working and what is of concern heading into Baltimore (my segment starts at the 24-minute mark).

Before the next chapter gets written, let’s look back at the short history of the rivalry, as well as news and notes for today’s game, courtesy of Denver’s weekly release.


  • The Broncos own a 6-5 all-time regular-season record vs the Ravens — 1-4 in Baltimore; 5-1 in Denver. The first game between the two teams was played Oct. 20, 1996, at Mile High Stadium, Denver won 45-34. The most recent opened the 2015 season with the Broncos winning 19-13.
  • In the weekly release, it says the Broncos longest winning streak is two games, but since it’s based on regular-season games, it’s actually three (which is active heading into today’s game). The current streak started with a 34-17 win on Dec. 16, 2012, in Baltimore.
  • The longest winning streak for the Ravens is three games, from Sept. 30, 2001-Oct. 26, 2003.
  • The last Broncos home win was the season opener in 2015; while their last home loss was the Sept. 30 game listed above, 20-13.
  • The last win for the Broncos in Baltimore was the start of their current three-game winning streak in Dec. 2012. The last Ravens win at home was Oct. 10, 2010, 31-17. Interesting note: Neither team has a shutout in this series.
  • The most points for the Broncos is 49, from a 49-27 win on Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. The most for the Ravens is 34 (done twice), the last coming in a 34-23 win on Sept. 30, 2002, in Baltimore.
  • The most combined points (79) for the Broncos and Ravens came from the first game they played in Oct. 1996, in Denver. The fewest points combined (16) came in a Broncos 13-3 win on Oct. 9, 2006, in Denver.
  • The Broncos and Ravens have met twice in the NFL playoffs, once in Baltimore (Dec. 31, 2000) and once in Denver (Jan. 12, 2012). As Broncos Country knows, the Broncos lost both games. Thus there is absolutely no need to talk any further about either game.

Broncos tidbits to watch for today

  • Denver is looking to hold its opponent to 300 or fewer net passing yards for the 37th-straight game. That would be the longest streak by an NFL team since the Indianapolis Colts (52) from 2005-08.
  • Broncos quarterback Case Keenum needs one passing touchdown to reach 50 for his #NFL career.
  • Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders needs 10 catches to tie Brandon Marshall (the receiver) for ninth place on the Broncos all-time receptions list.
  • Broncos cornerback Adam Jones needs 68 punt return yards to become the 39th player in NFL history with 2,000 punt return yards.
  • Broncos safety Darian Stewart needs six tackles to reach 400 for his career. Stewart also started 14-of-16 regular-season games, as well as two in the playoffs, in his only season with the Ravens in 2014.
  • Broncos linebacker Von Miller needs 1.5 sacks to tie Ken Harvey (89) for 47th on the NFL’s all-time sack list. Watch for Miller and the Orange Rush to wreck Flacco/Sunday’s game. BTW Broncos Country needs to get this shirt.
  • The Broncos are 2-0 for the sixth consecutive year to represent the longest active streak in the NFL. The last team to start 2-0 in six-straight seasons was the Miami Dolphins from 1994-99.
  • The Broncos have won their first two games via fourth-quarter game-winning drives. This is the third time in Denver history a team has started 2-0 thanks to fourth-quarter comebacks. The two prior times were 2007 and 1983.
  • In the Broncos 20-19 win over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday, they did so by overcoming a 12-point deficit in the second-half. It’s the 10th time that has happened in franchise history. The most recent (24 points) was the magical 35-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 15, 2012.
  • Since the 1970 NFL merger, the Broncos are 109-56-3 in the month of September. That is the second-best winning percentage (.659) in the league in that span, behind the Dallas Cowboys (.667).

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Broncos Tracks

Three Keys to Broncos-Ravens
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Mason’s Mailbag: Comparing Case Keenum and Jake Plummer
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Under the Headset: Zach Azzanni
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Player Q&A: Domata Peko Sr.
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Klis List: How the Broncos can prevail at Baltimore in first road test |
A Klis List of things for the Broncos to follow if they are to beat the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Broncos’ 7 keys to victory over Ravens - Denver7
Road games give real impressions. Can the Broncos remain undefeated as underdog at Baltimore?

How Broncos learned the ‘how-tos’ of game-winning drives - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
Two late-game rallies and two wins for the Broncos. The late heroics are lessons learned from Vance Joseph’s “Football 101” class.

Ravens Tracks

Ravens’ offensive line will have another big test in Week 3 - Baltimore Beatdown
Baltimore’s offensive line is the most important position group in 2018. This unit will either help lead the Ravens to a successful 2018 campaign or be the downfall.

Broncos @ Ravens: 5 Key Matchups - Baltimore Beatdown
The Ravens roller coaster 2018 season will continue when the undefeated Broncos travel to Baltimore in Week 3.

Baltimore Ravens will have to key in on Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay - Baltimore Beatdown
The Ravens will have to key in on an unexpected cog in the Broncos offensive machine

After poor Week 2 performance, Ravens offensive line faces ultimate challenge in Denver’s Von Miller - Baltimore Sun
The Ravens offensive line played poorly in a Week 2 loss to Cincinnati and will need to improve quickly with the Denver Broncos and All-Pro linebacker Von Miller coming to town.

Rookie tight end Mark Andrews paying early dividends for Ravens - Baltimore Sun
Third-round tight end Mark Andrews missed out on keeping the football that he caught for his first career touchdown, but has been a solid addition to the Ravens offense.

AFC West Tracks

Austin Ekeler is the league’s highest-graded running back via PFF - Bolts From The Blue
From undrafted to head of the class.

Chargers must figure out a way to slow down Rams’ ‘very elite’ offense - Los Angeles Times
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and the Chargers defense plan how to stop the Rams’ high-powered offense.

Tale of the tape: Rams, Chargers ready for battle of L.A. - NFL Nation- ESPN
The much-hyped Rams and their cross-town neighbors, the Chargers, meet at the Coliseum. Here’s how they stack up.

A must-read on the truth behind how Patrick Mahomes ended up in Kansas City - Arrowhead Pride
Brett Veach, Andy Reid and John Dorsey all deserve credit in getting Mahomes to Kansas City.

KC Chiefs’ Anthony Hitchens shaped by life-altering decision | The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Chiefs identified traits in Anthony Hitchens they wanted to build around. Nobody understands Hitchens’ makeup better than the Ohio family he identified as people he needed to grow up around.

Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill wants to be more than just fast - Kansas City Chiefs- ESPN
Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill has the two fastest plays of this young NFL season, but he’s focused on his route-running, the speed is just a bonus.

NFL odds, betting lines: Raiders head to Miami as underdogs for third straight week - Silver And Black Pride
As the Raiders enter Week 3, there is an immense sense of urgency amongst the team and fans to finally secure their first win of the 2018 season.

Oakland Raiders | Derrick Johnson | Derek Carr | The Fresno Bee
The Oakland Raiders visit the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2018, looking to pick up their first win this season.

Oakland Raiders looking for loud game from quiet Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders- ESPN
Raiders receiver Amari Cooper is the antithesis of the typical star NFL receiver, but the team wants him to strut in his Miami homecoming.

NFL Tracks

The Bills mistakenly placed the Vikings in Wisconsin on Twitter -
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Richard Sherman vs. Patrick Mahomes is biggest matchup in 49ers-Chiefs -
Unless Mahomes, like Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford before him, simply ignores Sherman’s side of the field.

NFL is taking rules to protect quarterbacks too far
Some QBs are even speaking out on behalf of defensive players whose hands are tied by penalties.

Kicking: the loneliest job in the NFL
The role of kicker is often described as the loneliest occupation in the NFL and after their rapid-fire sackings this week, Daniel Carlson and Zane Gonzalez are unlikely to disagree.

Memo To NFL GMs: Stop Drafting Kickers | FiveThirtyEight
It’s too hard to predict which ones will be any good.

Questions aplenty for Josh Gordon’s Patriots debut -
Less than a week after being traded from the Browns, receiver Josh Gordon will debut for the Patriots against the Lions and nobody seems to know quite what to expect as he adjusts to a new team, new chance.

Hines Ward ‘embarrassed’ by Antonio Brown’s actions, says ‘that’s not the Steelers culture’ -
Ward, who retired in 2011, thinks social media is lose-lose for NFL players

Steelers: Mike Tomlin’s toughest challenge goes beyond usual drama
Putting out fires is somewhere at the top of the list when it comes to the job description for an NFL head coach. Mike Tomlin knows.

The Browns Are Baker Mayfield’s Team, and No One Should Be Surprised |
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley told anyone who’d listen that his quarterback was more than ready for the NFL. Thursday night’s debut against the Jets proved him right

Carson Wentz’s Eagles teammates see ‘greatness’ as QB’s debut nears - Philadelphia Eagles- ESPN
The Eagles’ MVP candidate is back from a knee injury. With a banged-up offense and a slow start, Carson Wentz will hit the ground running.