After three straight close losses, the Baltimore Ravens took no chances against the previously undefeated Denver Broncos. The Ravens controlled the action throughout the game on their way to a 30-7 victory.
Neither team moved the ball consistently in the first half, but the Ravens took advantage of a fumble to score the first points of the game on a 43-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka.
A second field goal by Hauschka in the second quarter following the best drive of the half (10 plays, 46 yards) gave the Ravens a 6-0 halftime edge.
Baltimore increased their advantage on the opening play of the second half as Lardarius Webb rambled 95-yards with the opening kickoff to make the score 13-0.
After gaining only 64 yards in the entire first half, the Broncos marched down the field following the Baltimore touchdown. A one-yard run by Knowshon Moreno capped a 10-play, 86-yard scoring drive.
Ironically, the Broncos would gain only 84 yards on offense the rest of the way.
A 31-yard field goal by Hauschka following a 10-play, 69-yard drive made the score 16-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
On their next possession, Baltimore drove 73 yards on nine plays and scored their first offensive touchdown of the day on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Derrick Mason.
The Ravens completed the scoring with a nine-play, 53-yard drive that culminated in a seven-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice.
The Ravens out-gained the Broncos 292 yards to 200. Flacco completed 20 of 25 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Rice rushed for 84 yards.
Kyle Orton didn’t throw an interception for the Broncos, but passed for only 152 yards while completing 23 of 37 passes.
Now 4-3 on the season, the Ravens will look to avenge an earlier loss to the Cincinnati Bengals when they travel to Cincinnati next Sunday.