UP: first nfl sack. Rookie fifth-round pick Caiden Stearns recorded his first career sack at a crucial time at the end of the first half. He finished third to Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson and forced a field goal attempt with only a few seconds remaining. He had his second sack in the middle of the third quarter on third and -11.
Down: official language health. Starting right guard Graham Glasgow (knee) and left guard Dalton Risner (ankle) were inactive after being injured against the New York Jets. Netane Muti started for Glasgow while rookie Quinn Meinerz started for Risner. Perhaps those absences played a role in Sunday’s offensive?
UP: Blake Bortles Broncos Jersey. heck yeah! Seen at Lot J about three hours before kickoff, was the orange No. 5 jersey for Bortles, who signed with the team last year but never appeared in a game, unlike Kendall Hinton.
Down: deep shot drop. On the first drive of Denver’s game, Broncos tight end Albert Okwegbunam had a deep pass through his fingers from Teddy Bridgewater under sideline slip. Gotta lie down for that ball.
UP: power kicker. Fans flocking to the stadium for the pregame warmup were treated to a show by kickers Justin Tucker and Brandon McManus. Tucker, who scored an NFL-record 66-yard field goal on the buzzer last week, covered 70-yards as well as 72-yards. McManus, whose career is 58 yards long, also covered 70-yards.
below: bitPancer Sidelined. Broncos wideout Dionte Spencer was struck by a cheap shot by Ravens safety Chuck Clark at the end of the first half. But, much to the dismay of Broncos fans and expert Gene Stratore on the CBS broadcast, no penalty was stated. Spencer was later ruled out of the game with a chest injury.
UP: Pookie Power. Jevont Williams got the entire stadium on its feet – and set up the Broncos’ first touchdown – with a 31-yard run late in the first quarter. Williams shed four potential tacklers in the play.
Down: secondary mismatch. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson found the tight end to Mark Andrews for a 12 and 42 yard advantage on the first drive of Baltimore’s second quarter, the reception that set up the Ravens’ first score. Justin Simmons was in coverage on both plays and looked unmatched against the pro bowler.
UP: fan arm. Maybe the Broncos have an emergency QB on their roster? Noah Fant caught a touchdown pass early in the second quarter, after which he threw the ball well into the stands.
Down: crows live. Marquis “Hollywood” Brown silenced the stadium with a diving 49-yard touchdown catch and put the Ravens 14-7 in the middle of the second quarter. Brown leapt into the middle of the Broncos’ safes and was completely open.
UP: Sam Martin’s leg. The Broncos’ punter had a great game, with his best boot being a 68-yard knock that pinned Baltimore to their 2-yard line. The Broncos forced a three-and-out and got the ball back to their 47-yard line at the start of the fourth quarter.