Quarterback Joe Flacco might need to apply glue to his hands the way his last five games have gone.
Flacco fumbled on his third snap of the game, trying to lean forward for a Ravens first down on third-and-1. That gave the Broncos the ball at their own 47-yard line, and set Peyton Manning up with a short field.
Manning didn’t waste it, driving Denver 44 yards into field-goal range. Matt Prater gave the visitors a 3-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter with a 27-yard kick.
Flacco has now fumbled in five straight games with six drops coming during that time. He has now lost a fumble in each of the last three games. And his latest didn’t even come as the result of a sack or hard hit.
The fumble made it so Baltimore couldn’t take advantage of getting the ball at its own 45, and also brought the defense right back on the field after it had forced a three-and-out on the Broncos’ first possession.
The fact that the Ravens held Denver to three points is a positive, but the skidding squad finds itself down early at M&T Bank Stadium.
Update: The score remains the same at the end of the first quarter, with Denver outgaining Baltimore 94-21.
The Ravens have been completely unable to move the ball, running just 12 offensive plays on four possessions and failing to record a first down.
The Ravens’ defense has done a nice so job against Manning and the Broncos, but not enough to keep them off the scoreboard.
Update II: The Broncos became the first to cross the goal line this afternoon on Jacob Hester’s 1-yard touchdown run with 11:51 to go in the second quarter.
That gives Denver a 10-0 lead over the Ravens with the latest scoring drive being an 11-play, 78-yard possession that took 4:12 off the clock.
Knowshon Moreno was the key on the drive, running for 46 yards. The biggest play was the first - a 20-yard run by Moreno where he hurdled over safety Ed Reed, who was in the process of standing upright at the time. Probably will see that one on repeat in highlights this week.