Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall
Author: Jon Kuzma
The Denver Broncos defense has looked ferocious all throughout the preseason in limited action. Yesterday in the regular season opener against the Ravens they continued to show why they can suffocate opposing offenses. The Broncos were able to limit the Ravens to just 13 points in that game. Causing Joe Flacco to look flustered and panicked during his drop backs. In fact Flacco would go on to finish the game with no touchdowns and two interceptions. One of those interceptions being made by Aqib Talib and taken to the house for a Broncos touchdown. Talib was sensational in coverage all day, and proved yet again why he has always been respected as a big time player. While the secondary did a good job of locking down the Ravens wide receivers, it was the front seven of the Broncos who caused the initial disruption to the offense. Demarcus Ware and Brandon Marshall were a terror in the Broncos pass rushing efforts registering a sack each. The players helped cause Flacco to make ill-advised decisions, which consequently resulted in Broncos momentum time and time again. The game overall for both teams was somewhat of a defensive match up as neither offense could truly get off the ground. At the end of things however it was the Broncos defense that out played the Ravens. The old adage is “defense wins championships” and the Broncos defense has looked the best its looked since John Elway started calling the shots in Denver. Ware and Talib were veteran acquisitions in past years, and those investments in those players are starting to really reward the Broncos. In pro football today so much success in dictated by the pass rush upfront. That is why we always see pass rushers selected so high in the draft and sought after in free agency. It’s clear the Broncos have one of the better pass rushes in the league. That could yield huge results for this team down the stretch.