The Baltimore Ravens are now over the Indianapolis after an incredible NFL game last Sunday, ending with a score of 24-9, but the bigger game with the Denver Broncos might draw some concerns during the AFC Divisional round.
If things are similar between Denver and Indianapolis from their last game, then it’s an easy prediction that Payton Manning will walk away with an easy win with his team.
The Ravens have Ray Lewis, who is really pumped because he’s retiring after his final game, but he might not depart without trying for a Super Bowl win. It’s hard to imagine that this team can blow out the Broncos right now. However, anything can happen in this game, and the Ravens have already surprised us with their Colts win.
Playing against the Colts, Lewis was nothing short of being an inspiration for the Ravens. After all, the future Hall of Fame player finished his final home game but is still poised to win another for his 17-year career. It will mean payback time to a team that gave him everything.
Here’s one way to explain what happened during the last game. The Ravens defense swarmed Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, blitzing him repeatedly, sacking him three times, and forcing him into 26 incompletions and a meager 59.8 passer rating. Could the same defense approach happen to Manning? It’s quite possible.
But it’s going to take a far better effort to stay on the field with Denver for four quarters. The Broncos are the league’s hottest team for many reasons, not the least of which is the play of Peyton Manning, the potential league MVP. Denver has lost just one game at home this season, and that was in Week 3 against Houston, before Manning and Co. had hit their stride.
“I’m really looking forward to [next week's game]” said Baltimore receiver Anquan Boldin, who led the Ravens with five catches for a team-playoff record 145 yards, including a game-sealing, fourth-quarter, 18-yard touchdown grab. “I was hoping we would get them. So, they’ll see us next week.”
One thing for sure, the Ravens won’t go down without a long fight.