Posted Tue Oct 12th by Monty
Analyzing player performances from the Denver Broncos‘ 17-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, highlighting the good and the bad.
Stud: Kyle Orton
Had the man been able to reign supreme over the offense the Broncos would have come away with a win. It is pathetic that Denver was even attempting to run on the Baltimore Ravens. Run should have been no part of the Broncos game plan. Orton orchestrated the two minute offense, not once, but twice to perfection…
Teams like the Indianapolis Colts run their two minute offense the entire game…
It’s time for Denver to do that. -Ian Henson
Dud: Coaching Staff
The Broncos were beaten in every phase of the game. Special teams turned it over. Defense allowed 5 70 yard drives. Offense couldn’t run the ball (even if they did better than last week, but the bar is so low that it doesn’t matter), and without a run game couldn’t succeed enough in the passing game to consistently score. The offense couldn’t stay on the field to keep the defense fresh.
There was only one point in the game where the Broncos even looked like they were competitive and that was late in the second quarter. but they couldn’t keep that momentum in the second half. Honestly the score makes the game look closer than it really was. The coaching staff failed to have the team ready for this game, and has failed to find a way to address the problems on the team. -E. Halsey Miles
Stud: Brandon Lloyd
Who needs Brandon Marshall when you have Brandon Lloyd? If Lloyd keeps this up he’ll be a Pro Bowl lock-in! After a slow first quarter Lloyd went on to catch 5 catches for a buck thirty-five and two scores, sadly though in a losing performance. I was furious after watching that game, Lloyd was the one bright spot. -Jon
Dud: Defensive Line
The Broncos defensive line. I’ve heard this story before, the one about inconsistent play, I’ve heard this story for the past four years. A week after holding the explosive Chris Johnson in check, the holes the defensive line were allowing gaped wide for Ray Rice. It seemed way to easy for Rice as he spurted through the gaps at what seemed to be 6 to 8 yards every time. When you see a running back smiling for most of the game, it’s not a good thing. What Broncos defense will show up next week? -J. Kenneth K
Stud: Champ Bailey
Champ’s effect on the game could hardly be seen — which simply means he was doing his job. He had a “measly” one tackle and a “measly” one pass defensed, to go along with a “measly” three dozen displays of sheer domination as he shut down whomever had the misfortune of lining up opposite him. This on a week where tens of millions of dollars were literally dangled in front of Bailey’s eyes, then ripped out from his hands. And Bailey just went to work. Just another day in the office.
Josh McDaniels questioned the Broncos’ mental toughness after the game Sunday. Some players on defense straight up quit. This man didn’t, when he, more than any other, had several million reasons to. Please, Denver… please, Pat Bowlen… make this man a Bronco for life. Now. -Kyle
Agree or disagree with our takes? Anyone not make the list who deserves a mention? Your Studs and Duds in the comments.