Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Broncos offense struggled, but the defense was not much better in the loss to Baltimore.

The final humiliation for the Broncos began Sunday afternoon with so much optimism that a 23-7 final-minute loss-to-be-one-sided loss to Baltimore.

As fans dressed in orange and blue filed to fight the traffic, the Ravens remained fans and served their players, each other, and the Broncos with their traditional “Seven Nations Army” promotional song.

Yes, in their stadium, the Broncos had to listen to another team chant, a sucker punch to end a gut-punch type of day when they lost in the first-half to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, failing to make a turnover. Surrendered five sacks, allowed 405 yards, went 3 out of 14 for third and punted 10 times.

That 3-0 start? Half-forgot.

That optimism about crime? half-doubt.

And that belief in the NFL’s top defense? semi-erased.

The Ravens came to town and showed the Broncos how perennial playoff teams do it.

“Extremely disappointing,” said security Justin Simmons. “We knew how important it was, especially staying home and playing with a team like Baltimore. We knew what the stakes were.”

The stakes, in planning for the 17-game season, were modest. The Broncos are still 3-1 and could be tied for the AFC West lead if Las Vegas loses Monday night to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders (3–0) and Arizona (4–0) are the only unbeaten teams in the league.

But this week the bets must be reined in.

The first two seasons split to start the season with coach Vic Fangio losing four and three games each. Minutes after losing to the Ravens, he was already laying the groundwork for next Sunday’s trip to Pittsburgh and surviving a snowball-impact streak.

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