Baltimore Sun staff members analyze the
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: Let there be no doubt now. The Ravens are officially in trouble. Their defense has far too many injuries and far too many players not playing up to their ability. Their offense is a total mess and has no rhythm whatsoever, thanks in part to an offensive line that is just getting overmatched on a weekly basis. And then there's
Edward Lee, reporter: The offense left a lot to be desired in
Matt Vensel, reporter/blogger: The Ravens were able to keep it close in the first half against a superior team, but Joe Flacco's ill-advised throw near the goal line was returned for a touchdown, and the rout was on. In the short term, the issues are mounting for the Ravens. They suffered more injuries to key players. They have lost three games in a row and still haven't backed into the playoffs. And it doesn't look like they have what it takes to beat a quality team down the stretch (we'll see which New York Giants team shows up next weekend). As for the bigger, long-term issue that is Flacco, it's too soon to draw conclusions. But his first game without
Peter Schmuck, columnist: The healthy half of the roster that took the field for the Ravens figured to be no match for
Kevin Cowherd, columnist: This was one horrendous performance by the Ravens. A total collapse. At least the defense had an excuse with all the injuries. But the offense under new coordinator Jim Caldwell was dreadful. Joe Flacco was pressured all day and the pick he threw in the final seconds of the first half, run back 98 yards by the Broncos'
Ron Fritz, head of sports: It would have been nice to see how the second half would have unfolded if Joe Flacco doesn't throw the pick-6 to make it 17-0 Broncos. We'll never know. What a disturbing effort in what was really a must-win game for the Ravens.
Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens are on the verge of having one of the greatest collapses in
Aaron Wilson, reporter: It was a total embarrassment for a skidding Ravens squad on so many levels.
M&T Bank Stadium became a disaster area for the Ravens on Sunday during a rout of a loss to the
The fresh start they were hoping for after firing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replacing him with Jim Caldwell? Didn't happen.
This was a complete regression offensively. Obviously, the problems run much deeper than Cameron's unwillingess to accept input and suggestions from fellow coaches and his icy relationship with quarterback Joe Flacco.
It's hard to pin this one on Caldwell considering it was his first game calling plays in the NFL and the execution from the players was so bad, as they were overmatched against a talented Broncos defense.
Flacco had a brutal game, struggling with his accuracy and decisions and raising the question of how much the Ravens should spend on him for a new contract with his rookie deal about to expire at the end of this uneven season.
He hesitated and threw it right to Denver Broncos defensive back Chris Harris on a pass intended for
The offensive line was simply bad with the expected struggles against Broncos blue-chip pass rushers
On defense, free safety
Reed's reaction to the touchdown told the story of the day for the Ravens, with the safety slamming his helmet to the ground on the sideline and kicking it, frustration bubbling over.
The Ravens were picked apart by Peyton Manning and it wasn't even one of his better games.
Replacement middle linebacker
The Ravens are now 9-5 with two games remaining in the regular season, a season gone awry with three consecutive losses.
It's the first time the Ravens have lost three games in a row since the 2009 season when they fell to the
Now, the Ravens have to regroup in a hurry as they'll host Manning's little brother,