The Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos are going to square off on the NFL Playoffs odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Ravens @ Broncos picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Saturday.
NFL Playoffs Picks: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
Date: Saturday, January 12th, 4:30 ET
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
NFL Playoffs Betting Odds: Denver -9
Baltimore vs. Denver Live TV: CBS
Immediately, there has been a heck of a lot of betting on the Broncos, and it really seems difficult to try argue with that point. The first time around when these two teams met, the Ravens were trampled, and the only reason that the game ended up being anywhere near remotely close was because QB Joe Flacco threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of the game. Even that left the final score at 34-17, and like we said, matters really weren’t all that close. Add in the fact that the Ravens had to play last week, while the Broncos were resting, and now they have to travel all the way back to Mile High… It’s clear to see why Denver is getting all of the action.
But take a closer look at that game that was played in Week 14. The Ravens had the ball deep in Denver territory down 10-0 of a close, defensive battle when QB Joe Flacco threw a pick six that covered 98 yards. As a result, what should have been a 10-7game at intermission was a 17-0 game that ultimately never looked the same as it should have. A 51-yard touchdown pass from QB Peyton Manning to WR Eric Decker blew the game open, and RB Knowshon Moreno finished the game with a six-yard touchdown run a few minutes later. Manning though, only threw for 204 yards and a TD. Granted, we know that Baltimore has to do a better job against the run, and RB Ray Rice clearly can’t only rush for 38 yards on 12 carries. However, there are definitely some signs that this could be a better result for the men in purple and black.
In the end, we also have to remember that nine points is a whole heck of a lot. LB Ray Lewis is playing in his very last game if he loses, and he doesn’t want to go out like this one. Baltimore beat the Colts by 14 points in spite of the fact that it was dominated in time of possession. The question is going to be whether Flacco and the gang are really ready for this. The argument could be made that the Ravens should have won the AFC Championship Game last year against the New England Patriots on the road. This definitely isn’t a tough game than that one was, and this could ultimately be the day that Ray Ray and the gang prove that, in spite of the fact that it has been a tough year, there is still a little bit of magic left in the tank.
Baltimore vs. Denver Pick: Baltimore Ravens +9.5
Ravens @ Broncos Score Prediction: Baltimore 24 – Denver 20