The Baltimore Ravens were dominated in the second half by the Denver Broncos 35-10 as the Broncos went on to win in a blowout 49-27. 49 points is the most the Ravens’ defense has ever allowed in their franchise history as Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning threw seven touchdowns, which is the most ever recorded in an NFL regular season game since 1969.
A lot of people will talk about the losses of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed as the big reasons why the Ravens allowed 49 points, which is wrong. Last night had nothing to do with the other than the fact that the they are no longer on the roster. I have seen this defense have bad games similar to last night when both on the team.
The real problem with this defense over the last two years is the fact that they have a chronic problem with cornerback Jimmy Smith and Corey Graham being able to cover on a consistent basis.
Smith came up big in the Super Bowl last season, and that can’t be understated. Graham came up with two huge interceptions against Manning in the divisional round of the playoffs last season as well. But the problem with both of these players is the fact that even though they can easily make good plays at any point in time, they can also get burned just as easily.
At inside linebacker, Darryl Smith had struggled in pass coverage, and Josh Bynes probably had the worst game of his young NFL career. It seems as if every time a running back ran out to the outside for the Broncos, Bynes would either ignore them or be too slow to keep up, which raises the question as to why rookie inside linebacker Arthur Brown was not given the assignment as he is known for his incredible speed.
A lot of work is needed on the Ravens’ defense, but it looks like the growing pains will occur throughout the season.