Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens Pick
- Updated: December 14, 2012
Date/Time: December 16th, 1:00 P.M. ET
NFL Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Denver -2
NFL Betting Game Trends
- Denver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
- Denver is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
- Denver is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Baltimore
- Baltimore is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore’s last 9 games when playing at home against Denver
- Baltimore is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Denver
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 5 games when playing Denver
Two of the top teams in the fight for the playoffs in the AFC are going to meet up in NFL betting action on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens host the Denver Broncos.
Denver knows that it really has to get a move on it if it is going to get a first round bye in the playoffs this year. The team is just one back of the Houston Texans right now, but it is still behind the New England Patriots as well thanks to the fact that it was beaten by the Brady Bunch earlier in the season. To lose this game would be devastating and would almost certainly ensure no better than the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs, and the Broncos would have suffered losses to all three other prospective division winners in the conference. QB Peyton Manning knows that that can’t happen if he wants to avoid going on the road for the playoffs, and that means winning a game like this one. Manning needs to throw for just 188 yards to reach 4,000 for the season, and both WR Eric Decker and WR Demaryius Thomas need two scores in the final three games of the year to reach 10 for the campaign.
Meanwhile, Baltimore is almost certainly going to be setting itself up for a first round date with the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs if this one is lost. The Ravens would be two back of the field with two to play, and the best that they could do is win the AFC North and be the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. Remember that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals aren’t all that far behind, so a playoff bid isn’t a guarantee quite yet. A win in this one though, and all doubts will be removed. Up in the this week are LB Ray Lewis, RB Ray Rice, and LB Terrell Suggs, three of the key members of the team. Rice has a hip pointer that isn’t likely to keep him sidelined, while Suggs is a tossup with a torn bicep that he is determined to play through. Lewis has a torn triceps muscle, but he is back at practice and thinks that he is coming back to play this week as well. The story is going to be OC Jim Caldwell, though. Caldwell is taking over as the team’s OC after the dismissal of OC Cam Cameron. The former Colts head coach has never called plays in his career though, so this should be an interesting development to say the least.
The Ravens have the hearts of champions, and we expect that all of their big guns are going to play in what might amount to be the biggest game of the regular season to date. The home team has gone 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS over the course of the last six in this series, and the Ravens are 7-1 ATS and 6-2 SU in the last eight dating back to 2000. This is a big time game at home, and these are the types of games that QB Joe Flacco and the gang just find ways to eke out. Baltimore 19 – Denver 17