Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens: 5 Keys to the Game for Baltimore

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Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens: 5 Keys to the Game for Baltimore
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If you’ve listened to Baltimore sports radio this week, you’d think the world is going to end a few days early (I don’t buy that it will, but you get the point).

Peyton Manning and the Broncos are coming to Baltimore to face a decimated Ravens defense? This game is over before it starts.

Or is it?

Sure the Broncos have won a league-best eight games in a row, and the Ravens switched offensive coordinators this week; a move that is not minor by any stretch.

As it is, Manning is tough enough to game plan against, but when your starting middle linebackers could be Brendon Ayanbadejo and Josh Bynes, it makes the task considerably more difficult.

It remains to be seen if linebackers Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Dannell Ellerbe will be active on Sunday. Offensively, tight end Ed Dickson and guard Marshal Yanda are key players that are dealing with injuries of their own.

Offensively, Denver’s strength is the pass and Baltimore’s strength is the run. Denver is the healthier team, but Baltimore is the more desperate team.

Whatever happens, it should be a very good game Sunday in Baltimore.

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