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Old 01-07-2013, 06:35 AM   #1
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Psychic Sharpe. On Week 8 (Oct. 28) on CBS's "NFL Today," Shannon Sharpe told viewers: "I believe the Broncos run the table from here on out. I believe they can edge the Houston Texans for home-field advantage throughout. ... I believe the Broncos and Peyton Manning, playing as well as he is, run the table. They get to 13-3."
Read more: Dusty Saunders: Larry Zimmer's sports memories start with Broncos - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/dustysaund...#ixzz2HIRFhcrk


I also think Woody Paige stated something similar although he might not have predicted the home field advantage.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:10 AM   #2
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Round 1 was a success, but Baltimore has no answer for Manning-led Broncos

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore will have to short-circuit the MacBook to have a chance at beating Denver next Saturday. Remove the hard drive. Pour beer on the keyboard.

Take a hammer to the screen. Whatever works.

That's the only way -- the only way -- the Ravens can beat the Broncos in Denver in that altitude at that stadium.

Wait. What? Let Ravens safety Bernard Pollard explain:

"We've got the MacBook that's going to be under center," Pollard said shortly after Baltimore ended the feel-good story of the season by beating the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in a first-round playoff game. "That dude is a freaking computer man. He's one of the best in the game."

I've heard Peyton Manning called many things, but MacBook is a new one. It fits, though. Ravens killer would be another. When these next four weeks are all said and done, two-time Super Bowl champion might also be appropriate. Maybe even two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and five-time National Football League MVP.

Manning has the Broncos right where John Elway envisioned when the Broncos' vice president of football operations pulled off the coup of the offseason and signed the biggest free agent in NFL history.

Denver won a playoff game a year ago with Tim Tebow. This team didn't lack talent. But now it has one of the best quarterbacks of all time under center, which is why the Broncos won 11 straight games to close the season and finished as the AFC's top seed.

Denver has had a week off. It has the biggest home-field advantage in the NFL because it is 5,280 feet above sea level. The altitude is a killer. The atmosphere at Sports Authority Field at Mile High will be raucous. And the Broncos know they can beat Baltimore because they already have -- 34-17 in Week 15, at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens can talk all they want about how different they are now than they were then, and it is true. In that game, the defense didn't have Pollard or inside linebackers Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe. The offense was without guard Marshal Yanda, and the Broncos knocked wide receiver Torrey Smith and backup running back Bernard Pierce out of the game.

But unless Baltimore can take out Manning and do it early, it won't matter how different or how much better the Ravens are. It won't matter if Joe Flacco can throw the ball down the field like he did against the Colts. It won't matter if recently promoted offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell calls a sharp game. The Broncos with Manning will win, and it might not even be that close.

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:27 AM   #3
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Ravens win one for Lewis, but they get no prize in Broncos rematch

BALTIMORE -- So Ray Lewis got to take his victory lap, and the Baltimore Ravens get to live another week. I hope they all enjoyed Sunday's 24-9 playoff conquest of the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium, because next week in Denver could be a very, very different story in the AFC Divisional round. And by that I mean very similar to the way things went when the Ravens last played the Broncos, in Week 15 at home.

That game, which Denver won going way, 34-17, was a 31-3 laugher headed into the fourth quarter. And it's going to be fresh in the Ravens' memory banks all week long as they prepare for the top-seeded Broncos (13-3), winners of a league-high 11 games in a row.

I know. It's a total buzz-kill for Baltimore fans to start talking about the blowout by the Broncos right off the bat. But that's the NFL playoffs for you. They're not double-elimination. One week you're riding high, and the next you're tasting the lowest of the lows. That's the lay of the land.

But it's going to take a far better effort than Sunday's if Baltimore (11-6) hopes to stay on the field with Denver for four quarters. The Broncos are the league's hottest team for many reasons, not the least of which is the play of Peyton Manning, the potential league MVP. Denver has lost just one game at home this season, and that was in Week 3 against Houston, before Manning and Co. had hit their stride.

"I've already turned my iPad in to get Denver film now,'' Lewis said afterward. "It's onto the next one. That's one thing about being in this business so long. I told them, 'We don't have a 24-hour rule now. We have a less-than-12-hour-rule,' because we are back to work. We know who we have next week. Denver is going to be well-rested. We saw them earlier in the year, but now we get them with all of our guns back.''

But the Broncos have a few weapons, too, and chief among them is Manning, who's an old Ravens nemesis, having gone 2-0 against Baltimore in the playoffs as a Colt. Manning and Lewis facing off one last time could be fun, at least for the winner, who gets a date in the Jan. 20 AFC Championship Game.

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:29 AM   #4
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No. 4 Baltimore Ravens at No. 1 Denver Broncos, 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Less than a month ago (Dec. 16), the Broncos beat the Ravens … by 17 … in Baltimore. Denver actually led 31-3 at the end of the third quarter in that one, only allowing Baltimore back in it a bit after easing up off the gas.


Is there any reason to believe next Saturday’s outcome will be any different? Actually, there may be two reasons: Anquan Boldin and Ray Lewis. That duo starred Sunday in Baltimore’s win over the Colts — Lewis did not play in that first game vs. Denver, while Boldin had an extremely quiet game. Lewis might help a defense that coughed up 115 yards rushing to Knowshon Moreno, while Boldin could be a huge weapon if he can repeat his wild-card round performance.


Of course, aside from sitting out this weekend with a bye, the Broncos have not slowed down at all since their win in Baltimore. That was victory No. 9 in the 11-game win streak that Denver currently holds. Andrew Luck found openings against Baltimore’s pass defense, too, so you can bet that Peyton Manning will put up some yards.


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Old 01-07-2013, 07:30 AM   #5
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No. 4 Baltimore Ravens at No. 1 Denver Broncos, 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Less than a month ago (Dec. 16), the Broncos beat the Ravens … by 17 … in Baltimore. Denver actually led 31-3 at the end of the third quarter in that one, only allowing Baltimore back in it a bit after easing up off the gas.


Is there any reason to believe next Saturday’s outcome will be any different? Actually, there may be two reasons: Anquan Boldin and Ray Lewis. That duo starred Sunday in Baltimore’s win over the Colts — Lewis did not play in that first game vs. Denver, while Boldin had an extremely quiet game. Lewis might help a defense that coughed up 115 yards rushing to Knowshon Moreno, while Boldin could be a huge weapon if he can repeat his wild-card round performance.


Of course, aside from sitting out this weekend with a bye, the Broncos have not slowed down at all since their win in Baltimore. That was victory No. 9 in the 11-game win streak that Denver currently holds. Andrew Luck found openings against Baltimore’s pass defense, too, so you can bet that Peyton Manning will put up some yards.


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Old 01-07-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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Quick Take: Ravens at Broncos

January, 6, 2013

Five things to know about next Sunday’s Denver Broncos-Baltimore Ravens playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:


1. Manning owns Ravens: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has won nine straight games against the Ravens and is 9-2 overall versus Baltimore. The Broncos dominated the Ravens in Baltimore on Dec. 16 in a 34-17 win -- the franchise's first victory at M&T Bank Stadium. It was a shining example of Manning’s influence on the Broncos. In addition to Manning's ownage of the Ravens, Denver has an overall hot streak going. It has won 11 straight games.

2. The Ray Lewis factor: Lewis won’t exactly be the same X factor emotionally in this game as he was for Baltimore in its win over Indianapolis on Sunday at home. The stadium was roaring for Lewis. It will still be an emotional game for his teammates as Lewis’ Hall of Fame career will end when the Ravens lose. Lewis played great against the Colts with 13 tackles and will be a factor next week. Lewis didn’t play against Denver last month and Baltimore’s defense overall is much healthier than it was when it last faced Denver.

3. Control the game on the ground: The Broncos paced their last win against the Ravens on the ground. Knowshon Moreno had 118 yards on 22 carries and the Broncos finished with 163 rushing yards. Manning relied on the ground game all day as he threw for just 204 yards. The Broncos want the same type of balance this time around.

4. Watch Flacco near the goal line: It will be interesting to see if Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco throws the ball if the Ravens get deep in the red zone. Last month, the game was all but sealed just before halftime when Denver cornerback Chris Harris read an out pass by Flacco and took it 98 yards for an interception return for a score. The touchdown gave Denver a 17-0 lead. After the game, Harris said he was shocked Flacco threw an out route. Harris said he and his teammates were thinking a fade route all the way. What will Flacco do this time around?

5. Will weather be a factor? The long-term forecast calls for a cold day in the 20s with a 40 percent chance of snow. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. locally. Depending on how snowy the game is, it could be a factor. The Ravens, like the Broncos, are used to playing in late-season games affected by the elements. Historically, Manning has not been great in cold-weather games. But the Broncos' final two games of the season, both at home, were played in cold conditions and Manning was terrific.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:45 AM   #7
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Ravens-Broncos preview: Peyton Manning faces hungry Ray Lewis


Ravens vs. Broncos: Peyton Manning led Denver's offense to a big afternoon against Baltimore's defense in the regular season. The Ravens were without Ray Lewis at the time, though. (AP Photo)


The Ravens will be out for revenge in Denver after the Broncos routed them, 34-17, in Baltimore in Week 15. Whether it was Peyton Manning, the running game or the defense, the Broncos had their way in making big plays and controlling the ball (38:34 time of possession). Manning’s counterpart, Joe Flacco, made the critical mistake—a red-zone interception returned 98 yards for a touchdown—that changed the game in the second quarter and the Ravens converted only one third down on 12 attempts.


The Broncos fell hard with Tim Tebow at quarterback in last year’s divisional playoffs at New England, 45-10. They went out and signed Manning to greatly improve their chances, not only in this round but to win a Super Bowl. They haven’t lost in three months with 11 consecutive victories. With a potential rematch against the Patriots—the team that beat them most recently in Week 5—they can’t afford to look past the Ravens.


While Denver wants to get a second ring for the 36-year-old Manning before he hangs it up in a few years, Baltimore is driven to do the same for 37-year-old inside linebacker Ray Lewis. The difference is the Ravens know this will be his last career game if they lose.


Broncos players to watch

Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. The one thing the Ravens did OK in Week 15—until a lapse allowed a 51-yard TD reception by Decker in the third quarter—was limit Manning’s wide receivers. While Decker had seven other catches for 82 more yards, Thomas had only four total for 13 yards. Baltimore struggled Sunday to slow down the Colts' duo of Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton in the wild-card round. Although the Ravens’ coverage had its moments, the big problem was yards after the catch. Manning consistently puts the ball in good position for Decker and Thomas to elude initial defenders. It’s especially hard to take away both players, as the Ravens already learned that the hard way.
Matchup to watch

Ravens’ front seven vs. Broncos’ running game. Other than Manning staying hot, the big offensive story for the Broncos down the stretch has been Knowshon Moreno. He went from the doghouse when Willis McGahee was healthy to carrying the load very effectively over the past six weeks. His best success as a starter came against the Ravens (21 carries, 115 yards). Baltimore has been far removed from the dominant run defenses of the past, and gave up 152 on the ground to Indianapolis. Even with Lewis back in their lineup, the Ravens are vulnerable to backs who can produce well between the tackles. If they commit too many defenders to coverage against Manning, he’ll simply hand off to Moreno for consistent 4- and 5-yard gains.


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Old 01-07-2013, 07:53 AM   #8
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Denver Broncos (13-3): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

The Sporting News had Denver select a center from Alabama with the 32nd pick in the draft. I doubt Denver will select a C but I like where they have Denver picking!!!!

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AFC Divisional: (No. 4) Baltimore Ravens at (No. 1) Denver Broncos



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A different location than the regular-season meeting won’t change the result.
In Week 15, the Denver Broncos bashed the Ravens, 34-17, in Baltimore. Now hosting the Ravens for the AFC Divisional Round, expect Denver to gain immediate control from the opening kickoff, as the Broncos pass rush and rush defense should stifle Baltimore at the point of attack.


Thereafter, extra possessions are provided to Peyton Manning and Denver’s offense. Despite Baltimore typically being known for defense, the Ravens have yet to find a rhythm in stopping explosive offenses.


The Broncos don’t have a standout ground game to set up the pass, but the threat of the Manning pass will create running lanes. Combine Denver winning the possession battle and getting more quarterback pressure and the Broncos should take care of business at Mile High.



Broncos 24, Ravens 14


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Old 01-07-2013, 08:18 AM   #10
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I read a statement by Pollard after yesterday's game and it wasn't giving props to the Broncos or any Bronco players.
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Denver Broncos (13-3): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

The Sporting News had Denver select a center from Alabama with the 32nd pick in the draft. I doubt Denver will select a C but I like where they have Denver picking!!!!



Barrett Jones would be an awesome first round pick. He's played all across the OL but could be the long term fixture at C this team has been missing since Nails left to build around for the next decade.
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Barrett Jones would be an awesome first round pick. He's played all across the OL but could be the long term fixture at C this team has been missing since Nails left to build around for the next decade.
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[Historically, Manning has not been great in cold-weather games. But the Broncos' final two games of the season, both at home, were played in cold conditions and Manning was terrific.
Can someone provide proof of this? People say it all the time but never mention specifics. I only remember his bad game in NE in the snow in the early 2000's.
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Can someone provide proof of this? People say it all the time but never mention specifics. I only remember his bad game in NE in the snow in the early 2000's.
You know it does not matter. His performance in cold weather games might not have been good A) because they were playing the Patriots and B) Indy was a dome team and made to play in a dome. The Broncos are not a dome team. I expect Manning to play just as well as he always has. This whole thing that he cannot play in the cold because he played on a Dome Team and lost to the Patriots is absurd.

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Barrett Jones would be an awesome first round pick. He's played all across the OL but could be the long term fixture at C this team has been missing since Nails left to build around for the next decade.
Really, Well Denver could resign Coppen, start Jones and Move Walton to guard.

It seems Elway is always drafting and tinkering with the OL so this might make sense.
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The Ravens have given us fits, in the past. We actually get to do something really great, to them. We get to END Ray Lewis' career...
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Flacco is like Cutler. He always makes 2-3 horrible decisions per game. If we cash those in, it won't be close. If we pull a Ray Lewis and drop easy INT's, it will be closer than it needs to be.
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Flacco is like Cutler. He always makes 2-3 horrible decisions per game. If we cash those in, it won't be close. If we pull a Ray Lewis and drop easy INT's, it will be closer than it needs to be.
I agree and I do not think he is even as good as Cutler. Flacco has played himself out of a $100 million contract.
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the only thing i don't like about Jones is that he's too nice. for a G that's fine, but a OT or C needs to be a coldblooded, evil, knee breaker mother.
i think he'll be a good NFL player and would like him at #32. the nice guy part just worries me. off the field that's great, on the field...
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the only thing i don't like about Jones is that he's too nice. for a G that's fine, but a OT or C needs to be a coldblooded, evil, knee breaker mother.
i think he'll be a good NFL player and would like him at #32. the nice guy part just worries me. off the field that's great, on the field...
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Can someone provide proof of this? People say it all the time but never mention specifics. I only remember his bad game in NE in the snow in the early 2000's.
It is true he has been worse in cold weather than warm weather or indoors, a lot of that has to do with the cold weather games he has played in, a lot of those have been at New England in the playoffs.

Peyton Manning – Career Stats in Games Under 40 Degrees:

292-453, 3553 yards, 23 TDs, 14 INT (64.5%, 7.8 ypa, 92.5 QB rating)

That is not bad by any means and will have been boosted this year.
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Denver Broncos (13-3): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

The Sporting News had Denver select a center from Alabama with the 32nd pick in the draft. I doubt Denver will select a C but I like where they have Denver picking!!!!



It all depends on if we can sign a really good DT via FA. I highly doubt Warren will come back, he just can't stay healthy. That was a huge loss for us. When healthy, he's a beast. If we can't sign a DT in FA then I expect 1st round to be interior line on defense. To pick a center in the 1st round, they almost have to be all world class. And it's not like that position for us this year has been hurting. Walton did a good job when he was in there. Remember, at that time we were only just beginning to come together as a team and that early part of the schedule was brutal. Then Koppen came in and has been great. I just don't think we need a Center, certainly not using our 1st pick on one. I do think though, at this stage of a team who is built to win now and only has 3 or 4 year left with Manning, you can trade some late rounders to move up in some early rounds. So maybe the Broncos trade a 5th and 6th to move up and get this guy in the middle 2nd if he is still there.
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It all depends on if we can sign a really good DT via FA. I highly doubt Warren will come back, he just can't stay healthy. That was a huge loss for us. When healthy, he's a beast. If we can't sign a DT in FA then I expect 1st round to be interior line on defense. To pick a center in the 1st round, they almost have to be all world class. And it's not like that position for us this year has been hurting. Walton did a good job when he was in there. Remember, at that time we were only just beginning to come together as a team and that early part of the schedule was brutal. Then Koppen came in and has been great. I just don't think we need a Center, certainly not using our 1st pick on one. I do think though, at this stage of a team who is built to win now and only has 3 or 4 year left with Manning, you can trade some late rounders to move up in some early rounds. So maybe the Broncos trade a 5th and 6th to move up and get this guy in the middle 2nd if he is still there.
I really like Bannan and Vickerson. They are hard workers and they are cheap. Vickerson might be tough to re-sign since he is on a one year deal. It's another deep draft for DTs and Sharrif Floyd, John Jenkins and Sheldon Richardson could be available when the Broncos select.
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Would anybody be opposed if we traded for a middle-late 2nd and 1st next year?
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