NFL Game of the Week: Offense struggles, but Broncos come away with victory

Updated: September 15, 2015
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The NFL regular season is finally back in action, as the Denver Broncos kicked off against the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC showdown Sunday at Mile High Stadium.

The game didn’t begin the way we were all anticipating it would, as both offenses got off to a rough start. The first points of the game didn’t come until 5:16 in the first quarter when Denver’s Brandon McManus hit a 57-yard field goal. McManus then hit a 56-yard field goal with 1:26 remaining in the first.

The second quarter also remained slow, as both teams each drilled a field goal. At halftime, the Broncos led just 9-3.

In the beginning of the third, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith picked off Peyton Manning and ran 24 yards into the end zone, and Justin Tucker hit another field goal later in the quarter, making the score 13-9 Ravens.

The Broncos, however, took the lead after cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted a Joe Flacco pass late in the third quarter and took it the distance. That was followed by yet another McManus field goal in the fourth. The Broncos then came away with the 19-13 victory.

Both quarterbacks struggled immensely. Flacco went 18-of-32 for just 117 yards and two interceptions. And Manning threw for just 175 yards and an interception himself. Broncos wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas caught a combined 15 passes for 125 yards.

Next up, the Broncos (1-0) face off against the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0), and the Ravens (0-1) will play the Oakland Raiders (0-1). Manning and Denver’s offense must find their rhythm again, as they go up against a Chiefs team that scored 27 points in their Week 1 matchup against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

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