The Denver Broncos looked like they were going to make a game of it early when Teddy Bridgewater led them to a scoring drive early in the second quarter, but after that it was all Baltimore Ravens.
Bridgewater would exit the game at halftime with a concussion and Drew Lock would come in to play in the third quarter. The Broncos offense under Lock had under 100 yards of total offense the second half until their final drive and Denver would fall 23-7 to the Ravens.
Denver is now 3-1 and will take on a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers team in Week 5.
Probably time for a little perspective:— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) October 3, 2021
This Ravens team is probably one of the 2 or 3 best in AFC. Maybe THE best if they get healthy at the right time.
If the Broncos get their QB1 back, they're still a playoff contender.
Both teams opened up the game a little sloppy on offense trading punts throughout much of the first quarter, but the Broncos got things going late in the first quarter thanks in large part to a 31-yard run by rookie Javonte Williams in which he literally carried defenders on his back the final 10 to set the Broncos up with a first and goal.
HOW— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 3, 2021
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Very early in the second quarter, Noah Fant would cap that drive with the game’s first score and an early Denver lead.
Broncos 0, Ravens 0. Full first quarter recap.
Sadly, after that touchdown drive everything went south for the Broncos. First, their secondary began having trouble keeping track on Hollywood Brown who got behind the defense on this play for a huge 49-yard touchdown reception to blow the game wide open for Baltimore.
Marquise Brown with a diving TD catch! #RavensFlock #NFL #NFLTwitter #BALvsDEN pic.twitter.com/OG5sTOZDTu— Football Outsiders (@fboutsiders) October 3, 2021
However, the errors by Denver kept coming even late into the second quarter as Tom McMahon’s special teams unit again faltered in the worst way giving up a 42-yard punt return with less than a minute to go in the first half to setup another Ravens scoring opportunity.
This week's Tom McMahon special. pic.twitter.com/OJxGxEvvcJ— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) October 3, 2021
While the defense did hold on that final drive, the damage was done and the Broncos would come out into the second half down by ten with the Ravens getting the ball first. Oh, and Teddy Bridgewater exited the game at halftime as he was evaluated for then ruled out of the game with concussion bringing in Drew Lock for Denver in the second half.
Ravens 17, Broncos 7. Full second quarter recap.
Denver’s defense came out to play to start the second half and held the Ravens in check for the entire quarter, but the Broncos offense under Drew Lock was completely shut down.
GOT 'EM!— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 3, 2021
That's @CSterns_7's second sack of the day.
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The Ravens did end the third quarter driving into Broncos territory, but that drive stalled after a face mask penalty that pushed the Ravens back to Denver’s 45-yard line.
Ravens 17, Broncos 7. Full third quarter recap.
After a Shelby Harris pass deflection, the Ravens got most of those yards back and put them into Justin Tucker range to increase the Ravens lead to 13.
Ravens 20, Broncos 7.
The offense continued to look atrocious under Lock in the fourth quarter. The next drive after the Ravens field goal ended on a pass from Lock to Courtland Sutton where Sutton never even looked for the ball.
2020 flashbacks— Scotty (@Skotty_Payne) October 3, 2021
Baltimore was pinned inside their own two yard line and were quickly punting back to Drew Lock and the Broncos offense who got the ball at their own 47 yard line. If Denver were going to get back into the game, that was the drive to do it in. Denver had one positive play to start the drive, but then it was a comedy of errors ending in a terrible deep throw by Lock to Sutton.
That’s how the rest of the game would play out for Denver as they could never find any sustained success offensively as the Ravens handed them their first loss of the season.
Ravens 23, Broncos 7.
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