The sports books have the Ravens anywhere from a 7.5-8.5 point underdog tonight as they travel to Denver to begin the defense of their Super Bowl title. No big deal.
That’s why they play ‘em on grass and not paper. (Or on artificial turf and not a computer. You know what we mean.) Weren’t the Broncos, Patriots and 49ers all favored in the playoffs last year?
With that in mind, we looked around and picked out a few quotes from sportswriters around the country who cover the game to find out what they think will happen on field.
The New York Times Benjamin Hoffman thinks Denver's losses of Von Miller (suspension), Champ Bailey (foot injury) and Elvis Dumervil (to the Ravens after a bungled contract negotiation) will hurt the Broncos more than the Ravens’ personnel losses. He picks Baltimore:
“Even with their immense home-field advantage, and Peyton Manning’s passing, those are a lot of missing pieces to overcome.”