December 15, 12
Peyton Manning’s Broncos Thunder into Baltimore but are they Built for Mud?
A matchup to keep an eye on this Sunday will be the battle between division leaders in the AFC. The Denver Broncos travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens, who are in search of a win to secure a division title, while the Broncos need a win to help secure a first round bye. NFLWeather.com forecasts a 60% chance of rain with the possibility of thunderstorms before game time. Cloudy skies are expected with a high around 73.
The Ravens are currently on a two game losing streak and need to turn it around quickly if they want to momentum heading into the postseason. Baltimore is hoping for the rain to pick up so that they can limit the offensive production of Peyton Manning; however that is easier said then done. Like most elite quarterbacks, Manning relies on timing and reading defenses. If the Ravens can disguise their blitzes and coverage’s and if Mother Nature can throw off his timing with receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, the Ravens defense can keep their team in the game.
Baltimore’s offense is now under new direction with Jim Caldwell taking over for Cam Cameron, in addition to his duties as Joe Flacco’s quarterback coach, Caldwell is known for bringing a fast paced offense under his direction so don’t be surprised if the Ravens come out early with high tempo plays against a stingy Broncos defense. Running back Ray Rice should see a heavy dose if rain is an issue because of his small frame and explosive speed. Ray Rice is built for mud.
This match-up has turned into an extremely important game for the Ravens who have been on the short end of comebacks the last two weeks. Judging from history, Peyton Manning should have no problems against this Ravens defense. According to NFLWeather.com’s Historical Analytics, the Broncos have yet to see rain this season while the Ravens were drenched at home by the Silverdome Lions in a pre-season match-up. However, this rain will definitely limit action through the air. Expect another close game, and just perhaps, some old time football.