Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens: An Early Look

By Joe Morrone

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A word of caution for Denver Bronco fans who watched the Baltimore Ravens lose to the Washington Redskins, and give up 31 points in the process. The defense you saw on Sunday is not the same one you are likely to see next Sunday when the Broncos travel to Baltimore.

For starters, the Ravens will welcome linebacker Ray Lewis back to the lineup. It goes without saying that his presence will make a huge difference, especially versus the run. Lewis may or may not be a little rusty but just his return will be a huge lift for the Ravens defense. In addition to Lewis, linebacker Terrell Suggs is also likely to play. The Broncos offense can move the football on anyone and they will versus the Ravens, but they are going to have to survive the emotional onslaught early in the game.

On the other side of the ball, the Ravens will not be able to move the ball on the Broncos like they did versus the Redskins. The Redskins defense is one of the worst in football; the Broncos have a top five defense. The Ravens hit multiple big plays in both the running game and passing game on Sunday; those plays won’t be there on a regular basis versus the Broncos.

When the Broncos and Ravens kickoff in a week; it’s going to be a heavyweight fight between two AFC contenders. Just remember this; what you saw out of the Ravens on Sunday may be completely different from what you see in a week.

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