Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens: Week 4 Preview

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos, Teddy Bridgewater, Tim Patrick
Denver Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR Tim Patrick. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

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Are the Denver Broncos For Real? 

While the Broncos certainly have doled out impressive performances in their first three games, one also cannot factor out how much those teams have struggled so far in the 2021 season, and still remain winless with Jacksonville’s loss against Cincinatti on Thursday night. It is fair to say that the Broncos have not been truly tested thus far, and that test will come today against a stout Baltimore Ravens team.

However, the Denver Broncos really have done what was asked of them with the schedule that they were given. Though the Broncos hiccuped at points against Jacksonville, they dominated both New York teams at most points of the contests. One would say they played a “lesser” opponent exactly how a good team should play them.

This team, though undefeated, already has a lot of doubters. They have a big opportunity over the next few weeks to earn more respect within the league.

Could Justin Tucker Break His Own Record? 

Just a week after Justin Tucker broke the NFL record for the longest kick in league history with a 66 yarder as time expired at Ford Field in Detroit, the kicker may have his sights set on making history once again, with even more favorable conditions.

Long snapper Nick Moore told “The Lounge” podcast this week of Tucker on the Denver game: “He’s been looking forward to this game since they put it on the calendar.”

The altitude of Denver does provide ideal conditions for kickers. On a cold and frigid day in December 2013, Matt Prater set the record himself with a 64 yarder. Now, Tucker looks to set his aim even further.

“We’re going to try and break it. If we get a chance, we’re going to try. Might as well. The guy’s range is indefinite right now.”