Ten things to know about the Broncos and Baltimore Ravens’ entry into Sunday’s game:
1. A win over Baltimore would give Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a four-game winning streak for the third time in his career; He won five straight for Minnesota in 2015 and for New Orleans in ’19. Bridgewater is second in the NFL with a 76.8 completion rate (73 out of 95). If he reaches at least 75% against the Ravens, he will become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach that point in four consecutive games. First five: Kurt Warner (St. Louis, ’01-02), Carson Palmer (Cincinnati, ’04-05), Tom Brady (New England, ’07), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay, ’14-15) and Alex Smith (Kansas City, ’16-17).
2. Helping Bridgewater’s completion rate is its accuracy on short-to-intermediate passes. According to the Denver Post’s game charting, he is making 47 of 44 passes (not counting throwaways) on attempts traveling 1-10 “air” yards—14 of 16 at the Giants, 18 of 20 at Jacksonville. And 11 of 11 vs. 11. Jet. When going downfield (at least 16 “wind” yards), Bridgewater is 12 out of 21 for 256 yards.
3. A hallmark of the Baltimore defense is foreign pressure—it can run four, but the offense is guessing where the four players are coming from. And when the Ravens run a five, it could be Safari or Nickel Back. My charting has 18 of 22 for 234 yards against bridgewaters and three touchdowns against extra rushers.
4. Rookie Pat Suren II will play his third game as an outside cornerback due to a hamstring injury from Ronald Darby. In man coverage against Jacksonville and the New York Jets, the quarterback is passing 7-of-12 for 65 yards and has an interception against Suren.
5. “Pat is making a lot of progress,” said defensive back coach Christian Parker. “Talking with Pat, he’s understanding the importance of the process over the course of the week — his preparation for the film, his technique, the way he strikes the various receivers and quarterbacks, and the looks they’re playing. The more NFL snaps he gets. “The more coordinators and quarterbacks and receivers he goes up against, the more comfortable he’ll be. He’s still a young guy, so he’s looking at things for the first time.”
6. The keyboard Twitter jockey, who had been suspecting outside linebacker Von Miller during the off-season, is now aboard the Miller train and got particularly brave after being named No.58 on Thursday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month. His target? I. I disagreed with the Broncos’ decision to exercise Miller’s 2021 option (the team-high $22.125 million salary cap hit), suggesting instead a full divorce or an extended contract with her production and age at bay. Fourteen games left. One person asked me why I didn’t delete March’s tweet calling General Manager George Patton’s move a “big mistake.” why would I do that? Whoever has an opinion, one should always stand by it.
7. Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell, the pride of the Denver South, returns to town two years later when his Jaguars beat the Broncos after time runs out. The 35-year-old has made eight tackles in three matches and has eight sacks out of 100 for his career. “It brings you back to the days when[playing in the NFL]was just a dream and[now]it’s Year 14,” Campbell told Baltimore media. “It’s so cool. It’s quite unreal.”
8. Javuan James’s Broncos career (three games in two years) ended on May 14 after tearing his Achilles while training away at the team’s facility. Baltimore signed him to a two-year contract on June 10. “It’s probably too early to tell (if James will play this year) for sure,” said coach John Harbaugh. “We haven’t really had that conversation yet. I am eagerly waiting for the day when he can get out of there and play.
9. Another Ravens update: Defensive end Derek Wolff, who played for the Broncos for eight years (33 sacks in 108 games), didn’t play this year due to back and hip injuries. “Derk last year was a great year for us,” Harbaugh said. “We got a lot of injuries in the D-line at the end and he just played lights-out football. I always felt that he is someone you would love to have on your team and he has not let us down. …we are very hopeful that he will come back soon and help us.”
10. Fullback/tight end Andrew Beck on Fangio’s new schedule (players on Monday, closed on Tuesdays). “I’m a big fan of it. It prompts us to analyze the game from (Sunday) and make sure everyone’s body is feeling good, but then we need to rest and get healthy and focus on the upcoming week.” Gets Tuesday to get ready to focus.”