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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