The Broncos will take on the Raves at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2:25 p.m. MT.
Against a player like quarterback Lamar Jackson, any number of Broncos defenders will be key to the effort to limit Baltimore's offense. Pass-rushers Von Miller and Malik Reed will have to put pressure on Jackson while maintaining contain on the edges, and interior rushers Dre'Mont Jones, Mike Purcell and Shelby Harris must be disciplined in playing gap-sound football to limit holes from opening up, through which Jackson could gash the defense. And on the back end, cornerbacks Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan and Pat Surtain II will have to play sticky coverage much longer than usual to keep receivers from ad-libbing as Jackson stretches plays, while safeties Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons keep an eye on everything in front of them.
Offensively, we'll see perhaps the biggest task yet for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a talented group of receivers that is looking to keep up a high standard with KJ Hamler joining Jerry Jeudy on injured reserve. But wideouts Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick, along with tight ends Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam, have proven quite capable as Bridgewater spreads the love around, but 2019 first-team All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey could be the toughest defender they've yet faced. Meanwhile, on the ground, the combination of Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams will have to find room to run against veteran defensive lineman (and Denver native) Calais Campbell and the rest of Baltimore's tough front seven.
The Broncos will be without at least one starter on Sunday (beyond those already on injured reserve, including Hamler, Jeudy, outside linebacker Bradley Chubb and inside linebacker Josey Jewell), as guard Graham Glasgow (knee) has been ruled out. Six other Broncos — guard Dalton Risner (foot), running back Melvin Gordon III (ribs/lower leg), outside linebacker Andre Mintze (hamstring), inside linebacker Baron Browning (back) and defensive ends Shelby Harris (wrist/illness) and Dre'Mont Jones (calf) — are also listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
Baltimore will be down multiple starters, as left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (back/hip) are out. Several other first-teamers are questionable, including Jackson (back), safeties DeShon Elliott (quad) and Chuck Clark (hip) and cornerbacks Anthony Averett (ankle) and Humphrey (knee). Reserve outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder), cornerback Tavon Young (knee) and safety Geno Stone (thigh) are also listed as questionable.
The full week's injury report can be viewed here.
WATCH ON TV: CBS
Play-by-Play: Andrew Catalon
Analyst: James Lofton
Sideline: Amanda Balionis
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In-market fans can stream the game on DenverBroncos.com or in the Broncos 365 app via mobile web on iOS on iPhones and iPads and through the Yahoo Sports app. Streaming is available on Android devices on the Yahoo Sports app only.
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Analyst: Rick Lewis
Sideline: Susie Wargin
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