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Aging defensive stars taking a beating in Denver

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Lewis reacts after a series against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional play-off football game in Denver Reuters

Today is not the day to be an older defensive legend.

Despite multiple reports (in case you missed them) that it could be Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis‘ last game, it’s hard to tell he’s even in Denver.

And Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who isn’t close to retiring, doesn’t look much better.

The Broncos and Ravens are tied at 21 at halftime, on a day when the offense are dictating the pace.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made Lewis and his defensive teammates look gassed by going no-huddle in the first half, and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco keeps hitting Torrey Smith with deep balls, the latest a 32-yard touchdown pass, which gives him two catches for 91 yards and two scores.

The Broncos trust Bailey to be able to single up on anyone, but they might be forced to give their best cover player safety help in the second half. Likewise, the Ravens expect Lewis to dictate things, but Manning’s keeping him off-balance.

If one of them makes a play in the second half, it could be the difference.

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14 Responses to “Aging defensive stars taking a beating in Denver”
  1. golforepar says: Jan 12, 2013 6:17 PM

    Broncos just want to play a team in the AFC West!

  2. troysmithsghost says: Jan 12, 2013 6:17 PM

    Agile? I guess when you stab people and throw bleach on your GF and your infant child, you need to be agile. I can’t wait to see this group of felons get blown out. GO DENVER!

  3. jakec4 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:20 PM

    At the very least Bailey has to stop pressing Smith if they won’t give him any safety help. He’s fast in case Denver hasn’t figured it out yet. Ray Lewis being noticed in the game would definitely help too.

  4. crawdaddy1212 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    Torrey should have had a 3rd if Flacco didn’t horribly overthrow him. Only Flacco has been able to stop Torrey Smith this game.

  5. aunkabeatmon says: Jan 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    Aging quarterback depends on special special teams to win.

  6. peytonslucasoilstadium says: Jan 12, 2013 6:41 PM

    Yeah but the Ravens have scary face masks on their helmets! Oooooooooo so intimidating.

  7. thatswhatsgooood says: Jan 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    Good line about Ray Lewis. Especially when he’s currently the leading tackler on the field. I guess we can’t all be good at our jobs huh

  8. sundaysundaysunday says: Jan 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    Ray Lewis leads the game in tackles. Notice that?

  9. brentfarve says: Jan 12, 2013 6:53 PM

    Aging defense…lol! They are dominating Manning. Flacco is ELITE sorry haters…bring on the patriots.

    The superbowl victory is guaranteed for the Ravens!

  10. 16ninersx5 says: Jan 12, 2013 7:00 PM

    Are you even watching the game moron. Lewis is in there everywhere and leads both teams in tackles.

  11. ravenator says: Jan 12, 2013 7:08 PM

    Whos reporting this? Seriously Ray Lewis leads the team in tackles but he’s invisible. Seriously? Sad.

  12. wisdomnfl says: Jan 12, 2013 7:12 PM

    Ray Lewis is done. Good thing he is retiring. Slow and old.

  13. realskipbayless says: Jan 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    Tackle stats are a joke. I think I’ve been recorded for a tackle or 2 just watching this game.

  14. 1mocollins says: Jan 12, 2013 10:54 PM

    And yes I did mean Bailey.

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