8:30 PM ET, October 9, 2006
Invesco Field, Denver, CO
The Broncos beat the Ravens on Monday night in a battle of two of the league's top teams. But of the NFL's elite, Denver and Baltimore have two of the worst quarterbacks. Here's a look at the top teams and how their QBs stack up:
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
There is no question the Ravens' defense is great, but on this Monday night Denver's defense was better. Denver forced three Steve McNair interceptions, the last coming late in the game on an excellent defensive play-call where the Broncos dropped a defensive lineman into coverage. Denver's defense has allowed only one TD in four games.
The weather was not very good and that in itself stifled both passing offenses. At the end of the day, Denver and RB Tatum Bell (above) controlled the play on the ground and came up with more explosive plays to seal the deal.
Jake Plummer now has a career record of 65-64 in his NFL starts, as he has battled his way back from, at one point, a record that stood at 22 games below the .500 mark. He stood at 30-52 after completing his six seasons with the Cardinals; he's 35-12 since coming to the Broncos in 2003.
The last two quarterbacks who went as far into their NFL careers before first sniffing the above-.500 air both wound up in the Hall of Fame. Warren Moon first moved above .500 in his 139th NFL start, and it took Fran Tarkenton 195 starts until he moved above .500 for the first time.• For more Elias Says, Click here
Plummer is 65-64 as a starter in the regular season and is above .500 for the first time in his 10-year career. ... Williams had two more big returns nullified by holding calls on Foxworth and Curome Cox.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.2||4.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||4:49||Matt Stover 24 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 34 yds, 5:17
|FG||4:59||Jason Elam 43 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yds, 2:53
|FG||8:08||Jason Elam 44 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 39 yds, 4:29
|TD||2:00||Rod Smith, 4 yd pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yds, 4:52