The first fixture of the new NFL season gets underway tonight (Thursday) at 1:30am when Denver Broncos play the Baltimore Ravens.
Defending champions Baltimore Ravens make the trip to the Mile High city to take on the Denver Broncos is the season opener tonight. Denver will be seeking vengeance for their AFC playoff defeat to the Ravens last season. An it is the Broncos that are clear favourite with the bookies for tonights game.
It has been an off season that has seen quite a bit of experience leave the Ravens roster with a total of 8 starters of last year’s championship winning line up leaving. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Dannell Ellerbe are no longer lining up for the Ravens also last seasons top wide receiver Anquan Boldin who has been allowed to leave the Baltimore franchise heading to the west coast with the 49ers.
Denver Broncos will be missing Champ Bailey at cornerback and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco skill with playing the deep ball could see the Ravens attempt to expose holes in the Denver secondary. Key for the Broncos will be Peyton Manning’s ability to find rookie runner Ball which will be an important tool for their offence.
This will be the first time the champions will have to play in a season opener but it is the home side which should just shade it tonight.
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