Broncos-Ravens halftime notes

BALTIMORE -- The Ravens lead the Denver Broncos 17-7 at intermission.

Here are some halftime observations:

  • Following an emotional win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens have showed no signs of a hangover against Denver. Baltimore made a concerted effort to start fast by putting up 17 straight points by the nine-minute mark of the second quarter. That made the Broncos one dimensional on offense. The biggest mistake the Ravens made was to allow a 42-yard touchdown reception by Brandon Lloyd before halftime.

  • Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice looks much healthier this week following a recent knee bruise. Rice toughed it out against Pittsburgh but wasn’t very explosive. Sunday he's showing his usual quickness and elusiveness. Rice has 48 rushing yards in the first half on 10 carries.

  • Ravens safety Ed Reed did defensive back drills before the game and was very excited. Reed, who had hip surgery, is on the physically unable to perform list and will be eligible after Baltimore’s sixth game.