The Geysers after Broncos Week 4, quotable and a look to drop the Ravens 3-1.
Broncos Special Teams
Once again, Broncos special team units made a serious error that led directly to points for the other team. This Sunday, there was poor coverage on a punt late in the first half, which set the Ravens up in Denver area with 31 seconds remaining and resulted in a Jimmy Field goal and made it 17-7 at the break.
Broncos Offensive Line
Minus starting guards Graham Glasgow and Dalton Reisner, the Broncos allowed five sacks for 30 yards and consistently failed to provide a clean pocket for quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater (left the game with a concussion) and Drew Locke. Left tackle Garrett Bowles had a particularly rough play, and a poor run-blocking game from the tight end by Noah Fant compounded the issue.
Denver’s early possession at the close of the Broncos’ second year was a chance to deliver the first blow against the Ravens. Okwuegbunam broke away from coverage and was open on the right side; Bridgewater’s pass collided with his outstretched hands and fell to the ground. If Okwegbunam had come along with this, the Broncos would have been right near the goal line. Instead, he later composed two plays.
Von Miller on the decisive defeat to the Ravens: “They had their way today.”
Vic Fangio on security issues: “It’s a multidisciplinary operation and I’m sure we had breakdowns across the board there.”
Justin Simmons on Marquis Brown’s 49-yard TD: “She stems for the outside and that’s my advantage, and it’s miscommunication with Karim (Jackson). I was hoping for some post help.”
Garrett Bowles on his performance in the left tackle: “I’m very angry with myself at the moment. The way I played today, it’s absolutely unacceptable. I take it all on myself, 100%.”
Miller on the Broncos bouncing back: “We have yet to respond, and this week is with us going against a tough Pittsburgh team.”
Sunday at the Steelers, 11 a.m.
Week 4 Results: Lost 27-17 at Green Bay.
Coach: Mike Tomlin (15th year).
About Steelers: The Steelers are in free-fall, and it’s fair to wonder how much quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has left in the tank. Furthermore, Pittsburgh’s running game against Green Bay (62 total yards) was non-existent, and the momentum generated by the season’s opening win over the Bills has evaporated. Heinz Field will be a tough environment for Denver, but the Steelers are looking weak.