Hardly anyone is talking about a possible repeat for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 following their improbable Super Bowl run last winter. It’s largely due to the fact that they lost so many key veterans from that squad, but still, they’re getting no respect. My guess – that’s pissing a lot of Ravens’ players off.
For starters, the Ravens don’t feel like the defending champs because they’re getting screwed out of opening their season at home. Due to a scheduling conflict, the team is being forced to travel west to take on this year’s AFC favorite, the Denver Broncos. Clearly, the Broncos are going to be one heck of a team this season. Petyon Manning and company figure to ease their way back into the playoffs for another run at the Lombardi trophy. But still, where’s the love for the Ravens?
Baltimore will enter Thursday night’s game as a (+7.5) underdog against Denver and no one is really giving them a chance of pulling off the upset. While I agree that the Broncos should be favored, based on their home-field advantage, I don’t necessarily agree with the spread.
But regardless of what the oddsmakers are predicting, don’t count the Ravens out in this one. Any edge the Broncos might have had from losing in the postseason last January, is now gone. Baltimore is once again the team with something to prove. Although the roster has changed and some of the players on the field will be different, you can never underestimate the heart of a champion.
We’ll see how much heart the new-look Ravens have on Thursday night. They’ll need a lot of it, because the Broncos high-powered offense will be ready to roll.