Lamar Jackson threw for 316 yards, together with a 49-yard landing move to a diving Marquis Brown, and the Baltimore Ravens used a relentless protection to swat the Denver Broncos from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 23-7 win Sunday.
The Ravens (3-1) received their third consecutive recreation following an time beyond regulation loss to Las Vegas within the opener. They had been in peril of arising simply in need of tying the Steelers’ NFL document for consecutive video games with a minimum of 100 yards speeding earlier than Baltimore cornerback Anthony Averett intercepted Drew Lock ultimately zone with 3 seconds left.
As a substitute of taking a knee in victory formation, Jackson took the shotgun snap from his 20 and hustled round left finish for a 5-yard achieve. That gave the Ravens 102 yards on the bottom, their forty third consecutive 100-yard speeding recreation, which tied the mark set by Pittsburgh from 1974-77.
The Ravens knocked Broncos beginning quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the sport with a concussion on his last move of the primary half. Rookie linebacker Odafe Oweh wasn’t flagged for hitting Bridgewater within the chin.
Neither was cornerback Tavon Younger whistled one play earlier for hitting a defenseless receiver when his brutal hit despatched WR/KR Diontae Spencer from the sport with an harm to his sternum.
The accidents occurred throughout a collection of curious calls by Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who had Bridgewater throw thrice after Denver received the ball at its 17 with 1:02 left within the first half and Denver down 14-7.
All three throws fell incomplete — Bridgewater accomplished simply 7 of 16 passes after posting 75% days in every of Denver’s three wins — and the Broncos punted the ball again to Baltimore with Justin Tucker, contemporary off an NFL-record 66-yard game-winning discipline purpose at Detroit, warming up on the sideline.
Tucker did not want to try a document lengthy discipline purpose this time as a result of Devin Duvernay’s 42-yard return set him up for a comparatively brief 40-yarder as the primary half expired, giving the Ravens a 17-7 halftime lead.
The Broncos (3-1), whose three wins got here in opposition to opponents who had been a mixed 0-9, turned to Lock, who misplaced his QB conflict to Bridgewater throughout coaching camp, and the Broncos struggled to maneuver the ball within the second half.
Lock was 12 for 21 for 113 yards with three sacks and the interception. Bridgewater was sacked twice.
One play after bouncing a brief move to Sammy Watkins, Jackson wound up and hit Brown with a 49-yard touchdown pass that gave Baltimore a 14-7 lead within the second quarter.
Brown, who dropped three landing passes at Detroit every week earlier, broke free when security Justin Simmons received rotated. Brown dived for the ball simply after sprinting throughout the purpose line.
Each groups punted on their first three possessions earlier than discovering the top zone. Noah Fant caught a 3-yard TD move from Bridgewater to place Denver on the board and the Ravens responded with an extended drive capped by Latavius Murray’s 11-yard touchdown romp.
Fant’s TD was arrange by rookie Javonte Williams’ 31-yard run by which he broke 5 tackles earlier than cornerback Marlon Humphrey lastly knocked him down. Williams carried tacklers 4 and 5 greater than 10 yards earlier than lastly getting introduced down.
The one scoring within the second half got here on Tucker’s discipline targets of 46 yards and 20 yards. The primary got here on a 13-play drive and the second capped a 15-play drive.
Broncos linebacker Justin Strnad had two of Denver’s three sacks on Jackson.
Ravens RT Alejandro Villanueva hobbled off within the third quarter with a knee harm. His substitute, Andre Smith, was flagged for a face masks away from the play that negated TE Mark Andrews’ 30-yard landing reception. Broncos beginning guards Dalton Risner (ankle) and Graham Glasgow (knee) had been inactive and changed respectively by Netane Muti and rookie Quinn Meinerz.
Ravens: host Indianapolis on Monday evening, Oct. 11.
Broncos: go to Pittsburgh on Oct. 10.