Ravens highest and lowest rated players: Week 1

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) and Denver Broncos strong safety David Bruton (30) battle for the ball during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Lowest rated offensive players

Rick Wagner (-10.4), James Hurst (-10.1), Justin Forsett (-6.2), Kelechi Osemele (-4.1), Jeremy Zuttah (-1.9)

The Ravens had their entire, top 5 rated offensive line intact coming into this game.  But you wouldn’t know it by the end, even with Eugene Monroe departing with an injury.

The o-line was simply dominated by the Broncos elite defensive front, failing to pass protect or open holes in the running game.  Wagner gets a little pass because he is likely rusty after missing a lot of time, but Osemele and Zuttah can’t use that as an excuse.

Hurst has always been stretched as a starter and the Ravens are going to be in trouble if Monroe misses an extended period of time, just like they were last season.  It’s not good news, even though Monroe didn’t have a very good game himself before going down (-1.8 across 6 snaps).

Forsett can shoulder some of the blame despite the offensive line woes.  This is a back who isn’t going to excel or create opportunities if the o-line doesn’t perform.  He has excellent vision, but isn’t going to repeat last year’s performance if there isn’t any room to run.  And neither is Buck Allen (-0.4).

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