Ravens - Broncos: 5 reasons for the loss

1. In perhaps his most alarming, blundering showing in a collection of erratic performances, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller unraveled and cast more doubt about his future.

Boller's decision-making was as inept as his throws were inaccurate with two interceptions and a lost fumble in the Ravens' 12-10 loss Sunday to the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field. His turnovers led to at least six lost points, and Denver capitalized with a field goal after his first mistake. After tripping over his own feet in the first half, Boller scrambled to get up and instead of throwing the ball away and settling for a field goal, he forced the football to tight end Todd Heap. Safety Nick Ferguson easily intercepted in the end zone. Boller was far from done bumbling, though. He tried to force the ball to Heap again in the third quarter deep in Denver territory, and cornerback Champ Bailey intercepted even though he was out of position because Boller's read was admittedly bad and the throw was too far off. Cue the Three Stooges music on the next Boller miscue. In the fourth quarter, he was scrambling and inexplicably dropped the football for a fumble without being touched. Boller rallied Baltimore with a late touchdown to Mark Clayton in an aborted comeback attempt, but mostly he raised more questions about his competency. He missed several wide-open targets, including a potential touchdown pass he overthrew to Heap in the first half.

2. In a puzzling decision, Ravens coach Brian Billick decided to go for a touchdown on 4th-and-1 with 9:54 remaining and trailing 12-3. Chester Taylor was stuffed by linebacker Al Wilson for a 4-yard loss. A field goal would have brought Baltimore within six points with plenty of time left.

3. The Ravens failed miserably in the red zone, not scoring a touchdown in three trips inside the Broncos' 20-yard line as they were held to one field goal. Whether it was an ill-conceived backyard shuffle pass from Clayton to Taylor after B.J. Sams' 87-yard kickoff return to begin the game or Boller's bumbles, the Ravens' red-zone offense was a disaster.

4. A strong defensive effort -- holding the No. 2 running game in the NFL to 96 yards -- was squandered. Denver got a short field because of Taylor's costly third-quarter fumble. Jake Plummer engineered one solid touchdown drive on a day where his game wasn't up to his usual standard.

5. As Billick said, the Ravens committed enough errors to lose 10 games. It's hard to argue with that statement.

 

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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