The Baltimore Ravens had one heck of a run last season, making an improbable push toward a Super Bowl title. Head coach John Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the NFL and was a big reason behind the Ravens’ title. Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis was also a big reason for the run, along with the rest of the defense and Joe Flacco‘s strong arm.
On the other side of the field, the Denver Broncos were the team that the Ravens beat on their way to a Super Bowl win. The game came down to the wire and an unbelievable long touchdown from Flacco to Jacoby Jones. The Broncos have one of the best quarterbacks in the world and a group of talented receivers that will put them back in the postseason.
Baltimore’s offense will be led by Flacco and running back Ray Rice. The duo ended up being very successful at the end of last season and will look to wear down the Broncos’ defense. Losing Anquan Boldin will be a tough loss for the Ravens and without him, the receiving game will rely on Torrey Smith and Jones.
Peyton Manning leads the talented Denver offense. He passed for over 4,600 yards and 37 touchdowns, picking up right where he left off in 2010. Drafting Montee Ball at running back was an solid choice, and it will be interesting to see how the offense uses him. The wide receivers are some of the best in the league with Demaryius Thomas, newly-acquired Wes Welker and Eric Decker.
The defenses of the Broncos and Ravens were both two of the best in the NFL a season ago. However, the Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil, and Champ Bailey will be out for Week 1. Baltimore lost a handful of talent on this side of the ball. Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe were those losses, but the defense will surely recover.
The Ravens will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos at 8:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 5. The game will be aired on the NFL Network.
Prediction: Ravens 24 — Broncos 31