With another football season upon us, it’s time to take a look at how this team can and should perform. We’ve seen that at the end of the season, the Ravens can pull out the gems. When it comes to week one though the team hasn’t gotten off to a 1-0 start since 2012.
Let’s not talk about the past two seasons in Baltimore. Ever since the team hoisted the Lombardi back in 2013, we’ve fallen off the football radar. It’s because our roster used to be stacked and it’s hard to move on. Let’s not look at the team’s once dominant defense led by Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis though. Let’s not talk about the impact of a young Torrey Smith. We loved them all but they’re all gone and they’re not coming back. So let’s start fresh.
The new crop of Ravens in the nest look deadlier than ever. Justin Forsett entrenched himself as our new leader out of the backfield last season. 26-year-old Kamar Aiken will soon be joined by rookie Breshad Perriman at wide out to help support the legendary Steve Smith Sr. Our offense is looking beastly, as mentioned though, week one’s haven’t been our friend for quite some time. The official NFL betting line at TopBet may give the Broncos the edge at -5, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has recently told the press that he can’t feel his fingertips. His favorite target last season at tight end Julius Thomas is now in Jacksonville and his replacement is former Raven Owen Daniels. He played really well for us in 2014 but he’s now 32 years old.
While we’re at it, the team also lost one of their best guards in Orlando Franklin to the San Diego Chargers this past offseason. Denver is aging and depleting but they always seem to play well against us, winning their last two regular season bouts with the Purple & Black.
Even though the Broncos are listed as five-point favorites, the spread won’t tell the tale in this one. Watch for a hot start for Joe Flacco and the boys. The team is still upset about their exit from Foxboro last postseason and they’re going to come out hungry and ready to feed to start 2015.
Submitted by Charyl Wisner