The Broncos (3-8) are looking to turn around their fortunes and snap a three-game losing streak and turn around their season. Stick here for live updates and analysis as Denver takes on the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Injury updates (9 a.m.): Good morning from Baltimore. Sunny day at M&T Bank Stadium. Denver quarterback Russell Wilson got his normal early pregame throwing routine in. Now, a little more than two hours before kickoff, receivers Courtland Sutton (stomach illness) and Jerry Jeudy (ankle) are on the field getting loose. Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Jeudy will be a game-time decision, so if this pregame work goes well for him, it’s possible he returns to action for the first time since Week 10. — Parker Gabriel
Scouting report (9 a.m.): Check out how the Broncos match up with the Ravens in Kyle Newman’s scouting report.
Kyle Newman, beat writer: Ravens 24, Broncos 13
Check the past scouting reports: I am 9-2 picking Broncos games so far this year, and 8-1 when picking against the Broncos. Why should I mess with those odds? I’m picking against hapless Denver again, and predicting a second straight blowout loss. Lamar Jackson scores multiple touchdowns in the first half, and the Broncos’ offense is lucky to get one in the entire game.
Parker Gabriel, beat writer: Ravens 27, Broncos 13
Baltimore is fighting for control of its division and is coming off a disappointing last-second loss to Jacksonville. That’s probably bad news for the Broncos, who have no such playoff aspirations and now have to face a potent offense that really needs a win. The Broncos will likely need their best offensive day of the season in order to leave Baltimore with a win, and there’s been little sign that such a day is coming for Russell Wilson and company.
Sean Keeler, columnist: Ravens 24, Broncos 5
Prime Time might be all the rage in Boulder, but as a time slot, it stinking HATES the Orange and Blue right now. If the NFL could, they would’ve flexed this bad boy all the way back to Saturday. Saturday at like 7 a.m.
Broncos-Ravens NFL Week 13: Must reads
Injuries, underperformance and fifth-year options: Broncos WR group faces depleted present, cloudy future
The first sign of trouble for Denver’s 2022 wide receiving corps stopped training camp practice in its tracks Aug. 2.
When Tim Patrick left his feet to make a contested catch against cornerback Essang Bassey that day, he did so as an expected core offensive playmaker for the Broncos. He reached high to reel in a heave up the sideline from Russell Wilson, the Broncos quarterback who thought he was starting to find a rhythm with a combination of depth and talent at receiver he’d never played with in Seattle.
When Patrick came down with the ball and tried to accelerate up the field, however, he crumpled to the ground with a knee injury that ended his season. Practice was stopped for five minutes as teammates gathered around him in a show of support.
Four months later, not only does that moment loom even larger in the tale of the Broncos’ anemic offense, it also stands as a harbinger of what was to come for the wide receiving corps. Read the full story. — Parker Gabriel
Broncos CB Pat Surtain II rarely needs bounce-back games, but is looking for one vs. Ravens
Pat Surtain II rarely shows emotion on the field, but when he got beat down the sideline for 52 yards by Carolina’s D.J. Moore in the second half last Sunday he grabbed his helmet in frustration.
The second-year corner is universally considered not only one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL but one of the best period. He doesn’t often need bounce-back games. Heck, for much of the middle portion of the season, teams barely bothered throwing in his direction.
The past two weeks, though, both Las Vegas’ Davante Adams and Moore have got the better of him at times. Read the full story. — Parker Gabriel
Dalton Risner’s been one constant on injury-riddled Broncos O-line: “He’s been a true pro”
Amid all the variables on the Broncos’ offensive line this year, Dalton Risner has been the constant.
Risner is the lone Denver lineman to play every game in 2022. In a contract season, the Wiggins product and 2019 second-round pick out of Kansas State has started 58 of 60 career games. And he’s emerged as the leader on the Broncos’ front, which has been plagued by injuries.
Heading into Week 13 in Baltimore, Denver’s used seven different offensive line combinations. That lack of continuity up front, in tandem with a slate of fresh faces in the backfield due to injuries and Melvin Gordon’s dismissal, has undoubtedly contributed to the Broncos’ poor rankings in average rushing (24th at 104.3 yards), sacks allowed (29th with 36) and points per game (last with 14.3). Read the full story. — Kyle Newman