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Old 11-02-2009, 01:41 AM   #1
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By Woody Paige
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Posted: 11/02/2009 01:00:00 AM MST



BALTIMORE At practice on Friday, the Broncos, for fun, donned scary Halloween masks portraying Mort i Fied, Pinhead, Fire Clown, Freddy Krueger, assorted zombies, monsters, screaming creatures and hockey goalies.

At the game on Sunday, the Broncos didn't frighten anybody. It was no fun. Boo!

The grim weepers from Denver lost to Baltimore, or less.

"When you don't bring your 'A' game, this is what can happen to you on the road," Josh McDaniels said.

The Broncos didn't bring a game. Not offensively, not defensively, not special teamsively.

"Outcoached, outplayed," said McDaniels, who could be a cynical sports columnist.

Outed as an imperfect NFL team.

"We just didn't really do a whole lot," quarterback Kyle Orton said.

The Broncos just really were in the hole a lot.

These Broncos look more like the red-faced Broncos who had lost three consecutive games here in Crabville (21-3, 34-23, 26-6 and now 30-7) and less like those Broncos who won their first six games of the season in blue, orange, brown, yellow and white.

But no one expected the Broncos to go 19-0. "It's hard to win every game," said McDaniels, who should know from two years ago. But it's good to go 6-1 in any season (even with those creepy-crawlers from San Diego only two games behind; remember last season?).

"Very disappointed in the team, very disappointed in myself," said McDaniels, who won't become the second undefeated NFL head coach (for a full season) produced by John Carroll University. Somewhere, Don Shula is smiling.

The Broncos had a full-metal breakdown against the Ravens. Orton didn't reach the 100-yard plateau in passing until the final, meaningless Broncos possession. The Broncos' running back combo of Know-shon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter didn't reach the 56-mark in rushing. The Broncos' offensive line allowed two sacks and was more useless than useful, injured and insulted. The receivers had one gain of more than 17 yards. Brandon Marshall's four catches netted 24 yards, Eddie Royal two for 10.

The Broncos converted 3-of-13 third downs, the Ravens 11-of-18. There's the difference.

The defense would sack-o Joe Flacco twice, but rarely pushed him into harm's way. The Ravens' quarterback didn't have an incompletion from early in the second quarter until game's end (14 straight), but didn't throw in the Ravens' final touchdown drive (nine plays). And the Broncos' didn't cause a turnover.

The special teams were torched for a return touchdown (95 yards on the second- half opening kickoff) for a second time.

"We're going to have to look in the mirror," McDaniels said. The players and the coaches wouldn't like what they saw when they got home to Denver on Sunday night. Think wicked queen. The Broncos are not the fairest one of all in the AFC. Think Indianapolis Colts, who are upcoming in the nasty stretch that also includes the Steelers, Giants and those pesky Chargers again.

The Ravens, with a misleading 4-3 record, are the best overall team the Broncos have played. There are other teams and other road games ahead.

The Broncos had gotten into the flow of winning in September and October. They cannot fall into a rhythm of losing in November and December. The complacency of Nov. 1 in Baltimore cannot stretch to Dec. 27 back in south Philadelphia.

A defense that allowed only 43 points in the first five games has given up 53 in the past two. Orton can lead comebacks if the score is close, but neither he nor any of the previous quarterbacks can bring the Broncos back if they are down by 16 in the fourth quarter. And you can beat the Raiders or the Browns by scoring only seven.

Even without scoring, the Broncos hung around in the first half (6-0), but Lardarius Webb's kickoff touchdown was devastating. For the first time this season, the Broncos trailed by more than 10 points (twice) at 13-0. They got to within six, but for only about five minutes.

The Broncos don't want to come back to Baltimore or go back to Cincinnati for the playoffs or to Pittsburgh, New England or Indianapolis. So, with visions of January (6-0 is a virtual postseason guarantee, but not a home-field certainty), the Broncos need to recapture the pre-bye ahs and dismiss the post-bye blahs.

"Panic" was not uttered in the locker room Sunday. The word "concerned" was.

This defeat can't be compared to gagging at home against Buffalo. It can be compared to other trips to Hot L Baltimore.

The Broncos didn't suddenly become a bad team. They just played a bad game, as McDaniels said, in "all phases" against a good team. "We have to rebound next week," said Moreno, who experienced his first NFL loss. "Play our 'A' game, not an 'F' game against the Steelers."

Get rid of the masks, Broncos. Put on the happy faces.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:07 AM   #2
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Not that I disagree with Woody's assessment, but the defense hasn't given up 53 points in the last two games. The special teams have given up 21 of those 53, so you can only really pin 32 of those 53 points on the defense. And yesterday they were excellent until they were on the field for the 1343409q834533 time after another pathetic attempt by the offense. They are still playing really, really well.
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Halloween masks?!

At practice?!

Damn that tyrant McDaniels.

What a horrible, horrible human being.

Fatsis needs to tear him a new one for this.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:05 AM   #4
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Woody with a Hot L Baltimore reference, nice.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:59 AM   #5
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Not that I disagree with Woody's assessment, but the defense hasn't given up 53 points in the last two games. The special teams have given up 21 of those 53, so you can only really pin 32 of those 53 points on the defense. And yesterday they were excellent until they were on the field for the 1343409q834533 time after another pathetic attempt by the offense. They are still playing really, really well.
Yah, that was some poor journalism there.

The D actually did play pretty well.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:04 AM   #6
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Woody with a Hot L Baltimore reference, nice.
Except his reference didn't make any sense and wasn't grammatically correct. I don't think he actually knows what Hot L Baltimore even is.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:48 AM   #7
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Woody is right, Kiszla is wrong.

This isn't "exposure," this was just a bad effort.

A better executed game-plan would have had us in the game. But, we played poorly and Baltimore is probably just a more complete team right now.

"Exposed" is what happens when a team is thought of as unbeatable or a Superbowl lock. I certainly hope no one around here thought that.

We're a quality team on the rise. We've got a lot to work out, and yesterday was just an example. We'll see more. It's not "exposure," it's just simple football fundamentals.

Play well - win.

Have a better team than someone else - likely win.

Baltimore is talented and they played better than us. This isn't a shocking turn of events, folks.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:16 PM   #9
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Woody needs to STFU.

He's a reed in the wind.


I recall he was one of the "the end is here" crowd at the beginning of the season.

F-ing douche bag with holes.
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Woody needs to STFU.

He's a reed in the wind.


I recall he was one of the "the end is here" crowd at the beginning of the season.

F-ing douche bag with holes.
And every year under Shanahan he would post his famous 16 and 0 prediction.
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