The Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens are heading to the Mile High City tonight to take on the Denver Broncos in the first game of the season. Starting at 8:30 tonight, the game will be aired nationally on NBC with odds favoring the Broncos.
The game is a rematch of the 2012 Divisional Round game, in which the Ravens won in double overtime, 38-35. Originally meant to be played in Baltimore, home of the Ravens, but because The Orioles (MLB) refused to move one of their games the Ravens were forced to take to the road, making this the first time in a long time a Super Bowl champion won’t open the season at home.
The Broncos have lost many players who cashed in on being part of a Super Bowl champion team, but that is not to say they’re now a bad team. The Ravens defense struggled in the final 2 games (both losses), despite scoring quite a lot of points. They managed to average just under 30 points per game in the 2-2 preseason, with the Broncos averaging just over 17.
Von Miller won’t be with the Broncos for the first few weeks due to the suspension of Elvis Dumervil, the two players being the top pass-rushers from last season. Elvis Dumervil also left Denver for Baltimore, and Jack Del Rio is going to have to find some more players to go after Flacco.