It’s interesting how the sports world works sometimes. If Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller doesn’t play against the Baltimore Ravens due to violating a league policy, the Broncos go from being the prohibitive favorite in week one, to being in trouble against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Miller is appealing the suspension as we speak.
For the second year in a row, it would seem that the national media would be quick to anoint the Broncos the favorite against the Ravens, and the Ravens would be counted out so easily.
Whether those doubts about the Ravens were due to the team not being good enough last year, as well as the changes the team has gone through this offseason, it doesn’t matter. The Ravens will see an opportunity if Miller is suspended, and I think they will make the best of it.
Even though the games have not started, it really does seem like the Ravens have the upper hand right now. I’m picking the Ravens to beat the Broncos in week one.
I already had the Ravens winning this game before Miller’s possible suspension came out. Now if the reports are true, it just makes my prediction much easier.
I just feel that the Ravens are going under the radar right now. The team has confidence in their abilities, and nobody really knows that to expect from the Ravens. Not to mention that the Ravens are expecting a defense that will be faster than it has been in recent years.
Outside of the Broncos adding Wes Welker, the Ravens know what the Broncos are all about. But at the same time, the Ravens have gone through changes, and the Broncos won’t be sure of what to expect from the defending champions.
But what a blow to the Broncos pass rush. The Ravens already stole outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil from the Broncos this offseason, and now Miller facing a suspension means there is a good chance that Joe Flacco may have a clean pocket for the majority of the season opener.
The possible suspension not only has a huge impact for the Broncos week one against the Ravens, but for the entire landscape of the AFC playoff picture.
Missing four games could decide a playoff appearance, or a first round bye. Either way, the Ravens will be a force to be reckoned with entering this season.