Ravens offense came up short against Broncos

Turron Davenport | 9/14/2015, 6:09 a.m.
The Baltimore Ravens opened the 2015 regular season with a 19 – 13 loss on the road against the Denver ...

Flacco tried to go to Steve Smith Sr. in the end zone but a deflection by Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby caused the ball to bounce off of Smith’s hands. Smith is very likely to have scored the go ahead touchdown if Roby didn’t redirect the throw.

The drive ended on an interception by former Raven Darian Stewart. Flacco tried to give Gillmore a chance to make a play on the seam route in the end zone but David Bruton Jr. was able to keep the Ravens tight end from securing the catch. Stewart swooped in to cradle the ball after it was deflected.

The Ravens were already dealing with the loss of Timmy Jernigan who was inactive for the game. Things got worse for them when Terrell Suggs suffered a torn Achilles and was lost for the season. Rookie outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith was inactive against the Broncos but will be relied upon heavily with Suggs out for the year.

The team will stay on the west coast for their game in Oakland against the Raiders next week. The Raiders have two really good outside pass rushers in Khalil Mack and the newly signed Aldon Smith. Left tackle Eugene Monroe suffered a concussion early in the game and didn’t return. If he is ruled out next week, the Ravens could have trouble against the Raiders.