The Denver Broncos road futility in the Vance Joseph era continued in Baltimore on Sunday. After a quick start the Broncos were shut out over the last 52 minutes in a 27-14 loss to the Ravens.
Denver (2-1) is now 1-8 since Joseph became the head coach before the 2017 season and has been outscored 252-131 in those nine games.
Quarterback Case Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36-million free-agent deal, struggled again. After throwing three touchdowns in his Broncos debut two weeks ago he has thrown two interceptions and no scores in the last two games.
He was 22 of 34 for 192 yards against Baltimore but threw another red zone pick and also fumbled during another drive.
Emmanuel Sanders scored on a 35-yard reverse – the first rushing touchdown of his career – that gave Denver a 14-7 lead with 7:02 left in the first quarter but Denver finished the game with seven punts, Keenum’s interception near the Baltimore 10 and a failed fourth-down conversion.
Royce Freeman also scored but Phillip Lindsay, third in rushing in the NFL entering the third week of the season, was ejected for throwing punches late in the first half.
The highlights in addition to the first-quarter scores was a blocked punt by Joseph Jones that set up Freeman’s touchdown and a blocked field goal that Chris Harris Jr. ran back for a touchdown. It was called back on a block in the back on the return.
Denver had 13 penalties for 120 yards in the loss.
Justin Tucker kicked a 52-yard field goal and Javorius Allen's 12-yard touchdown catch gave Baltimore a 17-14 lead. Tucker hit another 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half to make it 20-14.
Allen added another touchdown in the third quarter, and the Ravens' defense did the rest.