The Denver Broncos traveled to Baltimore on Sunday to take on the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. The Broncos’ first road game started off with promise after the Broncos were able to stop quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens on three downs and block a punt to give them red-zone field position and the go ahead touchdown to give them the 7-0 lead early.
The Ravens responded quickly after gaining great field position on the kickoff due to a 37-yard return and 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty on rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom. The only other scoring drive the Broncos were able to muster occurred with 7:02 to play in the first quarter, when wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders scored on a 35-yard run from scrimmage to give Denver their last and final lead of the game.
In the second quarter, Baltimore was able to put 10 more on the board giving the Ravens a 20-14 lead heading into halftime. The third quarter was all Ravens when Joe Flacco was able to march his team down the field and score on a 1-yard run from Javorius Allen giving Baltimore a comfortable two-score lead.
After the first quarter the Denver Broncos found it difficult to move the ball due to great defense in Baltimore’s secondary and the fact that the Broncos had 13 penalties for 120 yards. Denver also lost the turnover battle with a single interception thrown by Case Keenum after leading Denver into Baltimore territory. The Ravens handed the Broncos their first loss on the road 14-27.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies are still pressing the Dodgers for first place in the National League West 1.5 games behind L.A. After getting swept by the Dodgers last week the Rockies have won four in a row sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in the process. Colorado is currently at home hosting the Philadelphia Phillies in a four-game series that wraps up this Thursday.
The division-leading Dodgers are facing the Arizona Diamondbacks this week and lost their first game Monday night 7-4. Regardless of who takes the division, the Rockies are pressed to make their move into the post season fighting their way for both the top spot in the NL West but also for the Wild Card with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals and Brewers are at the top of the NL Wild Card race but the Rockies only remain a half game behind the Cardinals for a spot in the post-season.
Both the Cardinals and Brewers are currently in a three-game series which the Brewers are leading one game to none after Monday night’s win over the Cardinals 6-4.
As we reach the end of September, Rockies fans are excited to be part of the hunt for Roctober.