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Broncos brace for road test at Ravens
Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens
- One week after pulling off a fourth-quarter comeback win over Seattle, the Broncos were once again trailing in the final quarter before rallying to beat the Raiders, 20-19, to move to 2-0 for the sixth straight season. This is Denver's first road game of the year. The Broncos are 1-9 in their last 10 road contests.
- The Ravens lost last Thursday in Cincinnati, 34-23, but have won five of their last six home games. Baltimore has scored 70 points this season, its most through two games in franchise history.
- The Ravens have a 5-1 all-time record at home over the Broncos, but Denver won the most recent meeting in Baltimore in 2012. Less than a month later, the Ravens upset the top-seeded Broncos in Denver with a 38-35 double overtime win en route to winning the Super Bowl.
- Case Keenum did not throw a touchdown pass last week for the first time since Week 7 of last year when he faced the Ravens as a member of the Vikings. He has won 12 of his last 13 starts overall.
- Rookie Phillip Lindsay is the first player in Broncos history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of the first two games of his career. His 213 scrimmage yards are the most by a Broncos rookie through the first two weeks of a season in franchise history, as are his 178 rushing yards.
- Joe Flacco passed for 376 yards in last Thursday's loss, his sixth most in a single game and his most since Week 13 of the 2016 season. Including last week, he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in six of his last seven games and each of his last four.
- Roethlisberger expects to face Patriots
- NFL salary cap to increase at least $10M
- Vikes fire OC after another poor showing
- Oakland sues NFL, Raiders for Vegas move
- Bolts' Gordon will be game-time decision
The Denver Broncos have squeezed out a pair of narrow victories but hit the road for the first time this season when they visit the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Denver (2-0) needed to rally for the second straight week, scoring the final 13 points and defeating the Oakland Raiders 20-19 on a last-second field goal by Brandon McManus.
Given that the Broncos have outscored their first two opponents by a combined four points, complacency should not be an issue. A bigger concern is reversing an ugly history of East Coast road games from 2017.
Denver went 0-4 in visits to Buffalo, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington last season, getting outscored by an average of 20 points. The team typically departed the Mile High City on Friday a year ago for East Coast games, but the Broncos will not fly to Baltimore until Saturday.
"It's all about mindset. We're not going to worry about how far we're traveling, what time the game starts -- we don't care," Denver coach Vance Joseph said. "It's going to probably rain on Sunday. We don't care. I think pushing it back and just going on Saturday is all about our mindset and not worrying about going east, who we're playing or where we're playing."
Travel plans aside, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. offered another way to change the team's fortunes away from home as they prepare to face quarterback Joe Flacco and a rejuvenated Baltimore passing attack.
"When you play on the road, you have to pack your defense," said Harris. "We've got to outplay their defense. That's how it is on the road. Defense, you've got to ball on the road. You always plan on the offense to struggle a little bit on the road, so we have to try and give them a little help."
Denver's defense blanked the Raiders in the second half last week but Oakland quarterback Derek Carr became the first player in NFL history with a completion rate of better than 90 percent in a game when attempting 30 or more passes. The Broncos also allowed six plays of 20 or more yards.
"Baltimore is a tough place to play," said Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko Sr., who spent 11 seasons in Cincinnati. "I've played there 11 years in a row in the AFC North and it's a tough division. ... And you definitely have to get pressure on Flacco because he can sit back there and he can throw the deep ball like the best of them."
Flacco threw three first-half scoring passes in a 47-3 drubbing of Buffalo in Week 1, connecting with each of his new receivers, John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead IV.
In last week's 34-23 loss at Cincinnati, Flacco rallied Baltimore from a pair of 21-point deficits in a belated comeback attempt, throwing for 356 yards with two scoring passes and two interceptions.
"It was a tough game, and we have to play better," Flacco said. "We did a lot of good things after that start, and I think it shows a lot about our team the fact that we were able to get back into that game.
"It shows a lot about what we were capable of doing. We executed a lot better after the first couple series. So, we just have to keep that in mind moving forward. We don't have to try to do too much. We just have to be out there each doing our own individual job -- not trying to do too much and just doing what we're asked to do. I think everything will take care of itself."
Flacco and Co. will have to be wary of Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who has an NFL-high 4.0 sacks through two games. Getting the running game going would help to that end. Alex Collins has rushed for only 48 yards.
"We just have to get the running game going," Harbaugh said. "We need to pop some runs. That's the biggest issue. When you hit some long runs, that average goes to where you want it to be. We've had some steadiness with it. I don't think we've been hit in the backfield too many times, but we've had a few pretty solid runs."
Denver received some good news Thursday when quarterback Case Keenum returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday due to a sore knee. Keenum struggled against the Raiders but his favorite has been Emmanuel Sanders, who has 14 receptions.
The biggest surprise for the Broncos has been rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, who went over 100 yards against Oakland and has rushed for 178 yards in two games.
Updated September 20, 2018