Moreno gets nod at running back.

Preseason play created a running back controversy.

Would the Broncos really start Ronnie Hillman who was drafted as a change-of-pace speed back but who had been atop the depth chart since Day One of the offseason? Or would the Broncos go forward with rookie Montee Ball who in April was drafted in the second round with the intent of becoming the starter?

The answer of course was Knowshon Moreno.

It's not that Moreno was sandbagging during the offseason and training camp. It's that the five-year veteran was nursing his way back from knee surgery. And besides the Denver coaching staff already knew what he could do. In Hillman and Ball the coaches needed game film.

Against the Baltimore defense with pass protection vital Moreno got the call Thursday. He had seven carries for 20 yards by halftime and finished with 28 yards on nine carries. Ball had 24 yards and Hillman 15 yards.

Harris does it again.

Broncos nickel back Chris Harris clearly has Joe Flacco's number. Flacco had thrown 210 consecutive passes without an interception until he was picked off Thursday on a diving catch by Harris in the second quarter undercutting a route by Brandon Stokley.

The last pick Flacco had thrown was Dec. 16 2012 when Harris stepped in front of an Anquan Boldin sideline route at the 2-yard line and returned the pass 98 yards for a touchdown.

Between the Harris picks Flacco had thrown 16 touchdown passes — including three against the Broncos in a playoff game in January and three more against the San Francisco 49ers to earn MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.