The very first day of the 2013 NFL season and the Denver Broncos have a chance to exact revenge over rivals Baltimore Ravens, which are the defending Super Bowl champions. The Peyton Manning-led Broncos lost to the Ravens, 35-38 (2OT) in the divisional playoffs in the 2013 NFL post-season.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will try to whip a Broncos' passing game, ranked 31st in the NFL last season, into shape.
The stinging loss still hurts for the Broncos, which was riding an 11-game winning streak before the Baltimore upset and even had a 7-point lead vs. the Ravens in the 4th quarter of that game. After the win, the Ravens went on to defeat the New England Patriots, 28-13 in the conference championship and then the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 in the Super Bowl XLVII.
Key Players in the Ravens vs. Broncos match-up:
Joe Flacco (BAL, quarterback)
– Completed 21 of 36 attempts for 3 touchdowns in the win vs. Broncos
Peyton Manning (DEN, quarterback)
– Threw 37 touchdowns and 4,659 yards last season (2nd highest in career)
Betting Against the Spread (ATS) - Baltimore Ravens (+7.5) vs. Denver Broncos (-7.5)
Betting Trends for the Ravens
- The Ravens are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Week 1 games
- The Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games (all in the playoffs)
- The Ravens are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 meetings with Denver
- The Ravens are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Denver
Betting Trends for the Broncos:
- The Broncos are 4-1 AtS in their last 5 games
- The Broncos are 4-1 ATS int their last 5 games vs. AFC teams
- The favorite is 4-1ATS in the last 5 meetings between BAL-DEN
Which team will take the first regular season game of the season? Without the likes of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, will the Ravens struggle early? With Manning still under center, can the Broncos avoid the bad start similar to what they had last year when they went 2-4 to start the regular season?
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