Joe Flacco got the Ravens off on the right foot. Ray Rice and Willis McGahee used their feet to close the door on the Broncos in a 31-17 Ravens win.
Flacco led the Ravens to a 17-point lead just 20 minutes into the game, going 6 for his first 7 for 121 yards, and after Denver got within 10 with a late second quarter touchdown, Rice, McGahee and the Ravens' running game took over.
Rice had by far his best game of the 2010 season, putting up 133 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It was the Pro Bowler's first 100-yard game of the season, and also his first time reaching the end zone this year.
McGahee chipped in with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own, including a 30-yard TD with under six minutes left that iced this one for Baltimore.
The Ravens had two long, time-consuming drives in the second half which kept Denver's offense on the sideline and milked the clock. The first drive went 72 yards on 14 plays, taking nearly seven and a half minutes off the clock, and was capped by Rice's second touchdown of the afternoon.
The second drive covered 90 yards on 11 plays, and took another 6:44 off the clock. McGahee's TD ended that drive, and effectively ended the Broncos' chances of a comeback.
The Ravens improve to 4-1 on the season with the win, and will travel up to New England next weekend to face the 3-1 Patriots.