AFC Divisional Playoff
Ravens at Broncos
Ravens: The Ravens have been the talk of football as of late with Ray announcing he’s retiring at season’s end. Last week was the best I’ve seen their defense play all year long. It’s just amazing how one guy can come back and have such an immediate impact like Ray Lewis did. I have some concerns about Baltimore moving forward. Flacco can be extremely shaky at times and remember, he did say he was the best Quarterback in the league during the off-season last year. If you want to be the best, you have to be consistent and Joe hasn’t been that model of consistency. Ray Rice also fumbled the ball a few times in last week’s win against the Colts. One thing the Ravens need to improve on is their ability to convert on third down in which they’ve struggled with as of late. A win on Sunday and the Ravens are in the AFC Title game for the second straight season.
Broncos: I stated on air that this is the team I don’t want to face in the AFC come playoff time. We all know Peyton makes everyone around him better, that’s a fact but this team has complimented #18 in more ways then his time in Indianapolis. He has a much better offensive line, a more balanced offense, a top 5 defense which he’s never had and the Broncos also play well on Special Teams as well so they’re an all around football team who plays well in all three phases of the game. Peyton has made Decker and Thomas household names and legit go to guys that defenses have to prepare for. Throughout his career, Peyton has owned the Baltimore Ravens and he’ll look to get another win over them in the playoffs to advance to the AFC Title game.
Prediction: The Ravens must come out and establish Ray Rice early and often. Keep Peyton on the sidelines and most importantly win the time of possession battle. When Rice carries the ball 25-30 times a game, the Ravens have a legit shot. The Broncos will be facing a much different Ravens team than what they did when they played a few weeks back. This time Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs will be in the line up. Baltimore will be competitive but I like Denver to advance. Broncos 24 Ravens 17