The Denver Broncos travel to the east coast for an early Sunday afternoon matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos hope to give the Chiefs a run in the AFC West, because right now, it looks like the Chiefs are a good selection to win the division. They have what appears to be the best quarterback in the division, but are going to need their defense to show up. The defense is going to be needed at times this year. Maybe not so much against teams with bad defenses.
However, when they have to deal with real defenses, like the Broncos and Ravens, Mahomes is likely going to need some help. As good as Mahomes is, better defenses will figure out how to slow him down to make him look average. Baltimore have a pretty good defense this season, though they won’t have to deal with Mahomes this week. The Ravens will take on the Chiefs in Week 14 at Arrowhead.
The Broncos have the Chiefs next week in Denver, so they have to do their best at not looking ahead to that game. If there wasn’t as much hype around Mahomes as there is, it’d likely be easier to ignore what’s on deck in a week. There shouldn’t be any looking ahead for the Ravens. Their last game was ten days ago on Thursday Night Football. They have the advantage of having a few extra days to prepare and rest up for this matchup. The Ravens enter at 1-1 with a win over the dysfunctional Bills by a score of 47-3 and then a loss against the Bengals, 34-23.
Conversely, the Broncos won a couple of close ones over the Raiders and Seahawks. They knocked in a field goal with time expiring to grab a 20-19 win. Things were looking bleak before Case Keenum put the Broncos deep in Raiders’ territory and it ultimately became a kick to the gut of Jon Gruden.
The future of the Broncos isn’t completely clear. Until Keenum can prove he is a quarterback that can hold the job down for more than a year or two, then the verdict is going to be out on them. He caught fire with the Vikings last season and he has a couple of starts under his belt, but we need a larger sample size, say this entire season. That game against the Seahawks, the Denver offense gave Seattle every chance to win it. Keenum plays a clean game, and it might be a 14-point win for the Broncos. They are lucky the Seahawks didn’t steal one. Get our free Broncos vs. Ravens pick below.
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Case Keenum put up yardage against the Seahawks in Week 1, passing for 329 yards along with 3 touchdowns. Although, he also turned the ball over with 3 interceptions. I wouldn’t say that there is anyone to blame for those turnovers than him. Against the Raiders, he threw for 222 yards on 19-for-35 passing with an interception and no touchdowns.
The Raiders have an average secondary at best, so he doesn’t get a checkmark for that game either. In other words, we don’t really know yet if he’s a major upgrade over Trevor Siemian. Despite the loss against the Bengals last week, the Ravens defense are allowing just 168 passing yards per game thus far. Overall, the Ravens have allowed 263 yards per game for 2nd in the NFL. They gave up 325 yards per game in 2017.
The Ravens are going to try and entrap Keenum in this game. If they can force Denver into veering away from the running game and have Keenum unload, the Ravens are going to have the Broncos where they want them. The Broncos are still working out some kinks in this offense, it’s a work-in-progress with Keenum. I know fans expect him to step in right away and put up big numbers, but they are trying to etch out an identity. Remember that Baltimore has had extra time to prepare for them as well.
Denver enter 16th in the league with 339.5 yards allowed per game through the first two weeks. Russell Wilson was able to move the ball with 298 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 2 interceptions ended up hurting his team, though. As they say, defense travels, and it should keep them in this game for the first 3 quarters. I don’t think their offense is going to travel to Baltimore, though. At first look, the points looked pretty good here, but asking Keenum to go to the east coast and play well against a defense that has gotten an extra few days to prepare is a lot. The Ravens are likely going to be able to pull away in the 4th quarter as Keenum gets overwhelmed.