AFC West: 2012 Week 15 Rapid Reaction
December, 16, 2012
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
BALTIMORE -- A look at a huge statement win by the Denver Broncos.
What it means: The Broncos, who led 31-3 going into the fourth quarter, have beaten the Ravens for the first time in Baltimore after five consecutive defeats. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is now 9-2 against the Ravens and he has beaten them nine straight times. Denver has won nine straight games, the longest current streak in the league, and is 11-3. The Broncos are still very alive for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. This is Denver’s most impressive win of the season.
Defense impresses: The Ravens were stymied on offense in Jim Caldwell’s debut as offensive coordinator. The Ravens didn’t get a first down until their sixth drive of the game. The game turned when Denver cornerback Chris Harris intercepted a short Joe Flacco pass and returned it 98 yards for a score to give the Broncos a 17-0 lead at halftime. It’s all about Manning in Denver, but this defense is becoming top-notch.
Moreno does it again: Denver running back Knowshon Moreno had 118 yards rushing on 22 carries. He had 119 yards at Oakland last week.
Manning does enough: Because of the great defense and the ground success, Manning was able to pick his spots. He kept his MVP pace up by completing 17 of 28 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. This game showed the Broncos are much more than just Manning.
What’s next: Denver ends the regular season with two very winnable home games. It hosts Cleveland in Week 16 and Kansas City in Week 17.