Looking for heartening news going into the Ravens playoff game Saturday against heavily favored Denver? How 'bout this: The AFC’s top seed (Denver, 13-3, this year) has gone 13-9 in the divisional round of NFL playoffs since its current format began in 1990.
It’s a winning mark, obviously, but the top seed’s 59 percent margin over the past two decades-plus hardly makes knocking off a young Denver squad mission impossible. Interestingly, in the NFC, the top seed is just 1-4 since 2007 in the divisional playoffs, according to an enlightening analysis by the Denver Post, of all sources.
Oddsmakers, nonetheless, have installed the Broncos as 9.5-point favorites.
Of course, the Broncos handled the Ravens easily during Week 15 at M&T Bank Stadium, but as many have noted, much has changed in Baltimore since then. First, Ravens have...