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What they're saying about the Ravens

Here's a look at media coverage of the Ravens following their 30-7 win over the Denver Broncos. Check back later today for more Ravens links from around the Web.

SI.com's Don Banks liked the Ravens' intensity on defense and says the unit used the bye week to get back to fundamentals.

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The Ravens defensive intensity, of course, had something to do with [Kyle] Orton's off day. Baltimore sacked him just twice, but the defense flew around and hit everything in sight, and it looked to me like new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison finally hit his stride in trying to fill Rex Ryan's big shoes. Denver reached the red zone once and dented Baltimore territory all of three times.

You can't overestimate how big the win was for Baltimore, which climbed back over .500 at 4-3. With next week's trip to first-place Cincinnati (5-2) looming, the Ravens' playoff plans are very much alive.

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ESPN's AFC North blogger James Walker says Sunday's performance showed that the Ravens' defense is still capable of imposing its will on the opposition.

The Ravens rattled and confused Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton and held Denver to only 66 yards rushing. With the defense setting the tone, Baltimore forced Denver into submission, which is something no other team this year had been able to do.

"They were coming off their bye week where they were the best team in the NFL, and we were coming off our bye week where we had three disappointing losses," Suggs said. "We had a whole week with that on our mind and we were just hungry. We were angry, and we very confident coming in." ...

Some may disagree with their penchant for chest-thumping and brash talk, but the Ravens put a lot of hard work into building their defensive reputation through the years. Yet veterans such as Ray Lewis, Suggs and Ed Reed recently endured a lot of criticism for being the No. 19-ranked defense entering the game against Denver, which had held opponents to a league-low 11 points per game.

AOL Fanhouse's Kevin Blackistone says the Ravens brought the previously unbeaten Broncos down to earth.

The Broncos thought they were good at defense. But the Ravens' offense scored 23 points against a Broncos' defense that came in ranked first in points allowed. They turned 11-of-18 third downs into first downs against a Denver defense that also was atop in the league in halting the opponent on third down.

The Broncos thought they were good at keeping the ball moving. But the Ravens' defense at least four times caught Broncos' running backs Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno behind the line of scrimmage after they entered the game leading the league in fewest negative plays.

The Broncos thought they were good in the return game with Eddie Royal. But the Ravens' special teams stymied Royal, who returned a kickoff and punt for a touchdown against the Chargers last month, and opened the second half with a touchdown return of its own by Lardarius Webb.

FoxSports.com's Jimmy Johnson reserves his "Final Thought" for the Ravens-Broncos game. Johnson says he wasn't surprised by the result, given how much the Ravens needed a win.

I know Denver was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten, but I still feel the Broncos are a very good team. Denver was the underdog in Baltimore, and the Ravens had lost three straight. So you knew the Ravens were going to be desperate and play well at home. They gave a great effort. Denver still has control of the AFC West. I don't think it should be a shock the Ravens beat Denver, maybe just a bit that they put so many points on them.SportingNews.com's Vinnie Iyer says all three Ravens units -- offense, defense and special teams -- played well in the 30-7 victory..

Now that's the type of Ravens victory we're used to seeing. At least that was the case through three quarters of the team's 30-7 rout of the previously undefeated Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The Ravens opened with Jarret Johnson's sack of Kyle Orton on the first play of the game and had a bigger bang to open the second half with Lardarius Webb's 95-yard kickoff return touchdown. Doing his best Matt Stover impression, Steven Hauschka tacked on a field goal per quarter for an in-game lead we've seen them hold a lot at home: 16-7, with no offensive touchdowns.

While Baltimore channeled the trademarks of the past decade since it won the Super Bowl in 2000, it didn't forget about the personality trait it has developed this year: that of a scoring machine. The Ravens came in ranked fifth in total offense and scoring offense and on Sunday hit the 30-point mark for the fifth time in seven games.

SportingNews.com also posts quarterback Joe Flacco's answers to reporters' questions following the win over the Broncos.

Flacco discusses his fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Derrick Mason and more.

Q: How important was this win for you?

Flacco: I think we know what kind of team we have and we know that we are capable of doing this kind of thing. ... There's a lot of weeks, a lot of games left in the season, and for us not to come out here and play hard would be pretty embarrassing. I think it's our job, and I think we do a good job of doing it. We had chances to win other games, and today, we finished well, and that's why we won. ...

Q: Can you talk about the 20-yard touchdown pass you threw to Derrick Mason?

Flacco: It seemed pretty open to me. If that was the end result, that was the only place that I could've put the ball, but they dropped a safety down and soon as they did that, I knew where I was going. Mase did a great job beating him (Broncos cornerback Andre' Goodman) on the outside, and I just had to really put in there and let him do the rest.

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