Broncos Report Card vs. Ravens

Check out how the Broncos graded out against the Baltimore Ravens.

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- The only good news is Kyle Orton didn't throw an interception. Not much else went right. Orton finished with 152 yards but didn't break 100 until the final drive of the game when Denver trailed by 23 points. He was under a lot of pressure and didn't do much to stretch the field. Denver had eight different players catch a pass, and only one (Jabar Gaffney) averaged more than 10 yards per reception. RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Denver averaged 3.5 yards per carry, which was right in line with what the Ravens allowed. Knowshon Moreno had a few solid runs, finishing with 39 yards on 10 carries, but the Broncos' plan didn't focus on the run, especially after they fell behind. Correll Buckhalter had a tough day, gaining only 16 yards on eight carries.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- The Broncos allowed only 175 yards on 20 completions, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Joe Flacco completed 20 of 25 passes and found open receivers when he needed to make a big throw. The Broncos sacked Flacco twice but couldn't get enough pressure on him. Derrick Mason's 20-yard touchdown catch against cornerback Andre Goodman, when the safeties didn't help, put the game out of reach.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Baltimore needed 35 carries to get 125 yards, but seemed to wear the Broncos down late. Ray Rice averaged only 3.7 yards per carry, with a long gain of 17. The Broncos didn't play great against the run, but they didn't get gashed either. Le'Ron McClain's 31 yards late in the game made Baltimore's final numbers look better.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F -- For the second straight game the Broncos allowed a kick return for a touchdown, and the one against Baltimore really hurt. Lardarius Webb returned a kickoff for a touchdown to start the second half, turning a 6-0 game into a 13-point Ravens lead. Punter Mitch Berger also looked rusty in his Broncos debut, and Eddie Royal didn't have much room to run on his returns. The Broncos special teams appear to be regressing a bit.

COACHING: D -- The Broncos didn't execute well, but Josh McDaniels took some blame. The team didn't seem capable of taking advantage of a vulnerable Ravens pass defense. Also, the special-teams miscues cost the team dearly. The Broncos have some areas to shore up before playing Pittsburgh.



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