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Last week when breaking down the Wild Card Round, my big brother went 1-3 while I was a perfect 4-0. Don't be to hard on him though, he was never very talented so he always likes to root for the underdog!
Mike - Just back in week 15, the Broncos went into Baltimore and embarrassed the Ravens 34-17. It was 17-0 at half and 31-3 at the end of the 3rd quarter. This time the Ravens will go into Denver where the Broncos have only lost once this year all the way back in week 3. Currently the Broncos are on a 11-game win streak where they are not only averaging 31 points per game, but they are only giving up 16 points per game on defense. The Ravens offense is still struggling as they did beat the Colts last weekend 24-9 but only mustered 10 points during the 1st half against a below average defense. Joe Flacco will be harassed all game by the Broncos defense led by Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil (combined 29.5 sacks). It's not likely that the Ravens will rely heavily on their run game with Ray Rice and Benard Pierce because the Broncos are 3rd in the NFL against the run. Peyton Manning will pick apart the Ravens short handed secondary as they'll have a hard time containing Thomas and Decker, which will help open the run game for Knowshon Moreno who rushed for 115 yards and a TD against them back in week 15. When the Ravens show blitz, Peyton will be ready and he'll audbile out into a play that will beat the blitz. Can't see the Ravens going into Denver and getting a W. Broncos win 35-23
Keith - Peyton Manning is 7-2 in his career against Ray Lewis' Ravens. In those 9 games Manning has thrown for 18 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. Most of those games were played against the Ravens when they were the leagues most feared defense. While many of those same players are still on the roster, this is the worst defense the Ravens have put together in a LONG time. Not to say they are a terrible D, but the Broncos should not worry. Another thing to watch is if Dannell Ellerbe is able to go on Saturday night and if he will be 100% come kick-off. Most of Peyton's wins came as a member of the Colts, but Manning's game has not changed in Denver and this is the best defensive team Manning has ever had the pleasure of wearing the same jersey. All signs point to a Broncos win, but I do not see it being more than a 10 points victory. Broncos win 30-20
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