Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens at Broncos

Published: September 5, 2013, 4:08 pm, by Paul Klee

DENVER — After tying an NFL record that has stood for over 40 years, Peyton Manning took a very Peyton Manning approach.

Manning’s seven touchdowns tied the record set by Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp in 1969.

“Yeah, Joe Kapp, great Canadian quarterback out of Cal,” Manning said at the podium. “Kicked the crap out of a guy on YouTube a couple of years ago.”

Here’s the YouTube.

Here are Manning’s numbers from the Broncos’ 49-27 rout of the Ravens at Sports Authority Field on Thursday:

—Seven touchdown passes.

—27 completions on 42 passing attempts.

—462 yards passing.

—0 interceptions.

—141.1 passer rating.

If you’ve ever seen a better quarterbacking performance, feel free to email me at paul.klee@gazette.com. Anything’s game.

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens 17, Broncos 14 — Halftime

—Allow me to retweet my prediction from earlier in this blog: After tonight’s game, Julius Thomas is the breakout player being discussed on the NFL Network.

—Thomas has two touchdowns. (Julius, not Demaryius.) If he’s healthy, at that position, Julius Thomas might be Denver’s best weapon on offense.

—Anecdote from Baltimore: As I left M&T Bank Stadium last season, a security guard said, “You’re not walking to your hotel, right? Don’t wanna do that.”

—Mile High still hasn’t been Mile High-loud.

—Things that are confusing: When a Ravens wide receiver with big hair makes a reception, and it’s not Torrey Smith. It’s Marlon Brown.

—Big play by Chris Harris on the interception. He’s a thumper.

—Big play by Wes Welker, in a bad way, on the muffed punt. The question isn’t why he fumbled it; it’s why he tried to catch it (inside the 5).

—Still picture Joe Flacco as the guy at the bar who doesn’t talk to a girl all night, then goes home with the prettiest one.

—The rain stopped, though.

—Cheerleaders wore ballcaps during the rain. Hair looks fine.

—Julius Thomas was just picked up by roughly 1,000,000 fantasy football teams.

—Peyton Manning is not happy with the offense right now. Or maybe he’s mad because the scoreboard showed Brock Osweiler’s name instead of his. Hey, it’s the season opener for everybody.

—Demaryius Thomas made his first reception with… 8:02 left in the first half.

—Don’t expect the Patriots, Steelers, Texans, et al, are too concerned with what they’ve seen so far.

—Montee Ball checked into the game midway through the second quarter for his first action as a pro.

—The Broncos have played poorly through most of their last seven-plus quarters (including overtimes) against the Ravens. But it has also been exceedingly rare when they’ve gotten the benefit of a 50-50 penalty flag.

—So… this deadline should be fun. Live Report updates will be limited as I begin the column.

—Feeling  a big second half from Peyton. He’s really close, and this is a second-half offense. ‘Twas last season, at least.

—Anyone got an Orioles score?

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens 7, Broncos 0 — End of first quarter

—Broncos D: Soft like mud right now. Thumpers need to do more thumping.

—Of all the guys who can change that, it might be Duke Ihenacho. The Broncos need a big thumper.

—After eight months of pointing to one game, the Mile High crowd is quiet.

—Not hard to see the Ravens’ gameplan. It’s been the same for a decade-plus. Push the limits of physical play and force the officials to throw the flag.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens 7, Broncos 0 — 7:11 left in first quarter

—Buffs product Jimmy Smith committed a blatant pass-interference penalty that wasn’t flagged. There were two big (bigger than this one) pass-interference instances in the first quarter of the playoff game, too.

—This Broncos defense is soft right now and in the preseason. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The D doesn’t need to be D-ynamic. Just needs to be OK. This offense will unload at some point.

—Baltimore drove down the field, against very little resistance from the Broncos defense, in 3:58. Blame the Flacco poster. Or the lack of a pass rush.

—Paging, Peyton Manning. Your goal: Score 30-plus points. Denver’s gonna need it.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens (0-0) at Broncos (0-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — Kickoff 

—With this lightning delay, the national anthem is scheduled for 6:52 p.m. Is this what we get for playing football on a non-Sunday? Explain yourself, Sir.

—Half the stadium has taken cover in the concourse. Took a little buzz out of the building.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens (0-0) at Broncos (0-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — Kickoff

—The parachutists are soaring into Sports Authority Field. Never gets old.

—With 14 minutes until the scheduled kickoff, Mile High is 90-percent full.

—My dog is now cancer-free. God bless the veterinarians.

—This press box is busier than the AFC divisional playoff game eight months ago. That means you’ll have more than enough analysis, good writing and bad writing tomorrow.

—Predictions: After tonight’s game, Julius Thomas is the breakout player being discussed on the NFL Network, Joe Flacco still won’t follow me on Twitter, David Ramsey will talk about Abilene Christian football… and the first team to 35 points, wins.

—The longest pregame in football history — eight months — is about to be over.

Back in the first quarter.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens (0-0) at Broncos (0-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 40 minutes from kickoff 

—Peyton Manning took the field at 5:51 p.m.

—Jacoby Jones was the first player on the field (for warmups) for the Ravens. Lots of boos.

—The key play from Jan. 12 that goes unnoticed: the third-down completion from Flacco to Dennis Pitta in the first overtime. The Ravens were cornered on their 3-yard line, and the Broncos were looking at excellent field position. Instead, first down, Baltimore.

—Meaningless note: During pregame warmups, Peyton Manning throws his first series of passes to….. the Broncos cornerbacks and safeties.

—If Baltimore wins here, again, Colorado should hand over its mountains. Another win here would indicate ownership.

—I’m doing the online chat now. Stop on by.

Back in a few.

Klee

 

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens (0-0) at Broncos (0-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 90 minutes from kickoff

—Wes Welker makes his Broncos debut tonight. He’s on the field wearing Beats headphones. Remember, the Ravens ended his 2012 season, too.

—The wifi in the press box is still giving people fits. Hey, we’re fine!

—Easy to forget: The Broncos will be without three — three! — Pro Bowl players on defense tonight. The absence of Von Miller, Champ Bailey and, yes, Elvis Dumervil has been underappreciated.

—One guy sent an email to say he’s bringing a paintball gun for the Flacco poster. I think that’s against the new NFL bag policy.

—Trindon Holliday, whose twin touchdown returns highlighted Jan. 12 for the Broncos, is going through his pregame sprint routine. Interested to see if Baltimore kicks to him.

—The weather forecast calls for more heat — and no rain.

—About to start this Broncos online chat. Here’s that link again.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens (0-0) at Broncos (0-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

—Eric Decker is throwing 30-yard touchdown passes to an equipment manager. He’s left-handed.

—It appears every writer/talking head/media type in North America is in the press box right now. Half are complaining about the wireless setup. The Gazette is all good.

—Ray Lewis is not on the field.

—NFL predictions? We’ve got ‘em.

—The NFL Network set is in the southeast corner of Mile High. Quite a production.

—The first Tebow jersey has been sighted. He’s in Section 317.

—I like this year’s Ravens defense better than last year’s Ravens defense. But what do I know.

—Broncos great Randy Gradishar, whose number (53) is in the Ring of Fame, is talking on the new scoreboard. Broncos could use him today.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens (0-0) at Broncos (0-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

—One thing’s certain about tonight: Tomorrow we will overreact about the final score. The Pats once lost their season opener 31-0 (to the Bills) and eventually won the Super Bowl. The Broncos once lost to the Dolphins and reached the AFC championship. The past 10 Super Bowl champions were 7-3 in their openers.

Plus, you throw in the layers of storylines in Broncos-Ravens and I’m just not sure this result will be indicative of their seasons to come.

—Julius Thomas is still on the field. He’s listening to music. And a wise late-round pickup for your fantasy team.

—Ryan Seacrest is here, somewhere. He has great hair.

—No (major) storm clouds in sight.

—No Ed Reed in sight.

—The press box tonight, compared to the preseason: Crowded.

The floating child? Not here yet. He/she/it will be… and give me nightmares.

—Gazette colleague David Ramsey is here. He broke his computer again. But he will fix it and write a column on tonight’s game (or Tim Tebow) from tonight’s game.

—NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? Not here. He’s in Baltimore, where this game should be played, if Baltimore/Major League Baseball/Orioles could get their stuff together.

Back in a few.

Klee

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Ravens (0-0) at Broncos (0-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

Great afternoon everyone. Denver columnist Paul Klee joining you for another Broncos Live Report. I’ll be here through the final buzzer with observations and anecdotes from Mile High — stuff you won’t see on the NBC broadcast. Let’s get started early…

—Above left, you’ll see the stadium about an hour ago. Above right, you’ll see the stadium 235 days ago. That’s the end of Ravens 38, Broncos 35 (2OT). Close your eyes, if you can’t bear it.

—The first Bronco on the field today: Julius Thomas. The recently arrested tight end was juggling footballs at midfield.

—It’s warm. Really warm. How warm, Klee? Exactly 80 degrees warmer than it was at kickoff on Jan. 12. Way back then, it was 14 degrees. Fast forward to now, it’s 94 degrees.

—Here is today’s column on the Broncos-Ravens rematch: The Broncos should rewatch the Mile High Mistake.

—A few programming notes… I will host an online chat at 5:30 p.m. to talk about tonight’s game. Or the Rockies. Or where to catch fish this weekend. Here’s the link to send in questions for the chat.

Back in a few. Thanks for stopping by.

Twitter: @Klee_Gazette