Ravens or Broncos? NFL bloggers debate who will cover

The 2013 NFL season opens in grand style when the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens come to Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos, who are set as 7.5-point home favorites Thursday.

In order to get the best in-depth look at the season opener, we’ve enlisted the help of each team’s expert bloggers. Justin Silberman from Ravens blog “The Purple Chaos” and Kim Constantinesco from Broncos blog “Predominantly Orange” put on the helmets and butt heads over which team will not only win but cover on Thursday Night Football.

WHY BALTIMORE WILL COVER




Justin Silberman writes for “The Purple Chaos”. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @ThePurpleChaos.

No ordinary Joe

Joe Flacco silenced his critics during last season’s AFC Divisional Playoff round matchup against the Broncos. This time around, he won’t have to worry about the talented pass-rushing tandem of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil wreaking havoc in the backfield, which should mean a more comfortable pocket for Flacco. Instead, the Ravens offensive line will be tasked with blocking Shaun Phillips and Robert Ayers, a matchup that favors the defending Super Bowl champions.

Elvis’ homecoming

Speaking of Dumervil, he will be on the Ravens’ sideline after signing with the team in March. With Dumervil playing on the opposite side of a healthy Terrell Suggs - who had 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble vs. Denver in Janaury - coupled with Denver’s makeshift offensive line, quarterback Peyton Manning will be hard-pressed to establish any offensive consistency.

Strong starts

The Ravens are 5-0 under head coach John Harbaugh in season openers, but they will be playing in Thursday night’s annual kickoff game for the first time during the Harbaugh era. In Thursday night contests under Harbaugh, the Ravens are 2-1. To beat one of the best teams in the AFC, the Ravens have to win the mind game of playing on a short week, something Harbaugh’s track record has proven his teams have been able to do.

WHY DENVER WILL COVER



Kim Constantinesco is the senior editor for PredominantlyOrange.com. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @PredomOrange.

Mile High Air

The Mile High advantage plays a bigger role at the beginning of the season when conditioning for certain players is still an issue. At 5,280 feet above sea level, Peyton Manning is running his offense much faster than last year. A couple of no-hudde series that moves the ball down the field will gas the Ravens defense and the effects will really be felt in the fourth quarter. The three giant receiving threats in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker gives the Ravens too much to look after, particularly when they're tired

Heartbreak still hurts

People get over breakups in less than eight months, but the Broncos have not gotten over the crushing playoff defeat in January. How it happened and the fact that the Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl gives the Broncos enough fuel to light up that giant Joe Flacco banner hanging on Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Anger and revenge are enough to potentially turn this one into a blowout.

The thrill is gone


The Ravens lost keys guys in Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, and Anquan Boldin in the offseason. While the front office worked hard to find solid replacements, the Ravens just don't have the chemistry yet, particularly on defense. Meanwhile, the Broncos kept their main guys in place (other than Elvis Dumervil) and have a full year of experience under their belt.

Join the debate and tell us who you think will cover Thursday night: Baltimore or Denver?

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Posted by Parlaid
1 year ago

Ravens still have better D after broncos lose elvis, and other 2 best D players won't b playing tonight... Broncos will b one dimensional.... Take the points
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Posted by LIanafranks5
1 year ago

Denver Broncos Money Line is the Bet here
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Posted by DDH420
1 year ago

LOVE them to get the win too. But laying -330,especially on the first game of the year is a great way to incinerate roll by week 2.
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Posted by DDH420
1 year ago

I was shocked to see -9 and even -10 at some places but at -7 I think I'll take a poke at DEN. I also like DEN on the ML and then DEN and/or the over in a teaser. I think BALTY will still field a very competitive team this year but it's a lil ambitious to think they'll gel enough this early to handle what should be a brilliant offensive unit. Either way welcome back NFL !!! Oh and I already locked in on TB -3 and HOU -3 both S.U for a unit each.....BOL
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Posted by DDH420
1 year ago

Whoops,lil rusty sorry bout the double post.
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Posted by DDH420
1 year ago

The NFL is finally back and adds a lil something to look forward to with 8 months of shitty winter around the corner. And a few weeks ago I got my first look at tonights line and was a lil shocked to see the BRONCOS 9 points faves. But now that the line is down to 7 I'm gonna take a shot at it,and these are a few reasons why....................................................................Obviously the BRONCOS (and I as I lost a handful on that game) have had about 8 months to stew on that heartbreaking loss to the RAVENS last winter so revenge should be a motivational edge for DEN. But besides that I like that Peyts now has a full season with DEN and this offense under his belt and by the looks of things in the preseason he's going through his progressions even quicker. And he's also using an uptempo pace and a no huddle which could be tough for BALTY to handle since the game is being played at elevation. And conditioning can be even more of an issue early in the season......................................................................Also the hurry up offense may also be tricky for a defense that lost some H.O.F's and looooonnnggg term mainstays like Lewis and Reed. Yes they are younger and likely quicker but they make take some time to gel and if there is one team you don't want to have to learn on the fly against it's DEN and what should be an improved offense that was second in the league last season. Not expecting a blowout but I do like DEN and the OVER....Something like 33-24 BRONCOS...................NFL: (1)Double result BAL/DEN FH tie to DEN (game) ML +1800 risking 0.05 units (2)Double result DEN FH ML to (game) ML -175 to win a half unit (3)DEN (game) -7 -115 to win 1 unit (4)DEN to win (game) by 7-12 points +335 risking 0.15 unit (5)Handicap tie DEN to win (game) by exactly 7 points +1100 risking 0.1 units /////////// (1)TB -3 -110 to win 1 unit (2)HOU -3 -110 to win 1 unit (3)DEN -1 to TB +4 to IND -2.5 to STL +2.5 to NYG +10 to HOU +4 = +600 risking a half unit (4)DEN -1 to NE -2 to TB +4 to CHI +4 to SEA +4 to IND -2.5 to STL +2.5 to NYG +10 to HOU +4 = +1200 risking 0.25 units
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Posted by petersrealpicks
1 year ago

Guys? Manningto decker Manningto thomas } Manningto welker
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Posted by canuck10
1 year ago

Denver won 12 out of their 13 games by 7+ points last season, including quality wins against the Bengals and Ravens; Baltimore lost 3 out of 6 games by more than a TD. Revenge factor + key losses to Ravens (yeah, they got younger and faster but they don't have an identity yet) = big win for Broncos.
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Posted by future213
1 year ago

Ravens +8. Buying the .5 for insurance.
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Posted by Skipbone
1 year ago

Ravens win outright.
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Posted by future213
1 year ago

"Ravens +8. Buying the .5 for insurance."