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Ravens vs. Broncos Betting Lines

When: 4:30pm ET. Saturday, January 12, 2013
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

The Baltimore Ravens didn’t allow a TD in a dominating 24-9 win in the wild card round against the Colts. With the defense at nearly full strength for the first time this season Ray Lewis lead the team with 13 tackles in his final career home game. That game had big emotions, but now the Ravens need to get ready for the Broncos.

The Denver Broncos finished 13-3 this season and earned a wild card bye due to winning their division and the AFC. The big story in Denver is the resurrection of superstar QB Peyton Manning after coming back from a severe neck injury and extended layoff. Lets look at the latest Ravens vs. Broncos betting lines.

Baltimore vs. Denver Betting Lines

The betting line on Denver has been going up so far this week. Denver opened up at -8.5 points and are now -10 (+100) at BetOnline. We’ve been seeing up and down movement on the total and currently the total is at 46 pts at BetOnline and 46.5 at JustBet, which is up from the opening over/under of 45 pts.

My Pick: Broncos -10 (+100) at BetOnline.com

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+10 (-120)
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+9.5 (-110)
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o46 (-110) / u46 (-110)
o46.5 (-110) / u46.5 (-110)

Ravens vs. Broncos Stats

Broncos vs. Ravens Match-Up & Betting Analysis

Denver took a bit to gel, but they’ve now won 11 in a row and all of those wins have been by a TD+, which is remarkable. I’m not one bit surprised by the point spread in this game and I’ll explain why I think the Broncos will dominate the Baltimore Ravens.

Peyton Manning completed 68.6% of his passes this season for 4659 passing yards, 37 TD’s and 11 INT’s. Manning finished the year with a 105.8 QB rating, which was 2nd in the NFL behind Rodgers. He quieted his critics by coming back strong after his injury.

McGahee isn’t eligible to play until next round, so Moreno will take care of the running duties. That might not be bad, as Moreno was able to pick up 115 rushing yards and 1 TD when the Broncos beat the Ravens in week 15 (34-17). Lewis didn’t play though.

In the week 15 match-up Joe Flacco had 1 INT and 1 fumble. Flacco has had a knack for struggling on the road and his record in the division round playoffs is only 1-3. Flacco played well last week (125.6 QB Rating), but we’ll have to see how he does at Mile High.

Key Match-Ups

Demaryius Thomas led the Broncos with 94 receptions and 1434 yards (10 TD’s) this year, but Eric Decker wasn’t that far behind, as he caught 85 receptions for 1064 yards (13 TD’s). Manning has to get both of these star WR’s involved early in the game.

The Ravens allowed 267 passing yards last week with their defense healthy. Manning and the Broncos average 283.4 PYPG (5th) this year passing the football. Thomas was held in check in week 15, but Decker had 133 yards and 1 TD against the Ravens.

Flacco was sacked 35 times this year and the Broncos need to make it as uncomfortable as possible for him. Denver led the league in sacks with 52 in the regular season. Von Miller had 18.5 sacks while Dumervil pitched in with 11.5 sacks of his own on the year.

Getting pressure in the backfield should force Flacco into making mistakes, but it’ll also hamper the Ravens run game. Rice had a bad game last week with 2 fumbles, but the Broncos need to watch-out for Pierce who has been playing great lately.

Dennis Pitta played well last week, but nobody on Baltimore played better than Boldin who had 5 catches for 145 receiving yards and 1 TD. The 145 receiving yards set a single game playoff record for the Ravens. Denver needs to shut Boldin down.

We know that the Ravens will focus on running the football and keeping the game manageable, but the Broncos rank 3rd against the run (91.1 RYPG) and I expect them to keep the Ravens RB’s limited. The key is making sure there is no big play TD’s to any WR.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos Predictions

I’m betting on the Broncos to cover the point spread like they did in week 15. Baltimore had a great going out party for Lewis at home and I just don’t think they’ll keep this that close. Denver is stacked on both sides of the football and it’ll be hard for BAL to keep up.

Baltimore was just 4-4 on the road this year while the Broncos were an impressive 7-1 at Mile High. Manning has some business that he wants to finish and I don’t think he’ll be outclassed by Flacco. Take the Broncos to win by 10+ points. I’m not betting the total. The predictions above are based on the current Ravens vs. Broncos betting lines as of Friday morning at 7:50am ET.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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