Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston talks about the Ravens' 27-14 win over to the Denver Broncos. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Peter Schmuck, columnist: The Ravens got off to a very scary start in a game they needed to win to join the Bengals in a tie for first place in the AFC North, but Joe Flacco and the offense steadied themselves and reclaimed control of the game after the Broncos scored two early touchdowns. It was all Baltimore after that in a game that featured two touchdowns by Buck Allen and a 25-for-40 performance by Joe Flacco for 277 yards, a touchdown and no turnovers. Now, it's on to Pittsburgh with some much-needed momentum.

Childs Walker, reporter: Between an early blocked punt that set up a Denver touchdown and a blocked field-goal attempt later in the first half, the Ravens had several unusual plays go against them. But to their credit, they outplayed a talented Broncos defense head-to-head. They used Alex Collins enough to make Denver respect the run and then picked the Broncos apart with quick throws. Their game plan neutralized Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller and made every receiver on the field into a threat. Quarterback Joe Flacco held up his end with a variety of sharp throws. On defense, the Ravens gave Broncos quarterback Case Keenum an uncomfortable afternoon, with Za'Darius Smith delivering one of the best pass-rushing performances of his career and Terrell Suggs raising his game in the fourth quarter. Rookie linebacker Kenny Young played a spirited game filling in for the injured C.J. Mosley and seems on track to remain a starter after Mosley returns. This was a game the Ravens had to bank with four of the next five on the road, and they handled their business despite some real obstacles.

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Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston talks about the Ravens' 27-14 win over to the Denver Broncos. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Edward Lee, reporter: Sunday's win was neither easy nor pretty, but the Ravens accomplished what needed to get done in rebounding from that loss to the Bengals and getting to 2-1. The defense still looked lost at times without middle linebacker C.J. Mosley and gave up some yards in the run game without defensive tackle Michael Pierce. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked much more comfortable at home than he did in Cincinnati. The team will try to build on that confidence next Sunday night at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Preston, columnist: If the Ravens had lost this game it would have been indicative of things to come. But they played well and, in fact, dominated. It was a strong, character type of win for a team that rebounded after getting beat the previous week last in Cincinnati. The Ravens still have a lot to work on, but they are making progress.

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