Injury hurts Denver's quest for balance

The Denver Broncos are desperate to find balance on their offense. It may have to wait another week.

Denver coach Josh McDaniels announced Friday that starting tailback Knowshon Moreno will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury. Moreno missed all of August with another hamstring injury. He played in the first two games of the season and had 11 yards on 39 carries.

Moreno’s numbers weren't fantastic, but Denver has had no ground game without him. The Bronocos had 19 yards on 20 attempts last week. The Broncos are ranked last in the NFL in on the ground as it is averaging 2.2 yards per carry and 55 yards per game as backups Correll Buckhalter and Laurence Maroney have been ineffective.

However, the Kyle Orton-led passing offense is ranked No. 1 in the league. Expect the savvy Baltimore defense to load up to stop the pass and force Denver to run without Moreno in the lineup.