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Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis: One last go-around.
The Denver Broncos have won their last six home games by an average of nearly three touchdowns per outing. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens are averaging nearly two touchdowns less on the road than they are at home.
Can you say blowout?
There is, however, a reason why they still play football games on the field rather than makeshift home offices such as mine.
Peyton Manning is under .500 in his career in the postseason.
Interestingly enough, Manning has faced Ray Lewis and the Ravens just twice in his career in the playoffs. The Colts won each game with great defense, 20-3 in the 2009 playoffs and 15-6 in the 2006 postseason.
One primary thing to look for here is where the battle lines are drawn. Manning and Lewis, two of the best at their positions in the history of the NFL, promise to give us one hell of a battle come Saturday. If will and passion alone decided games, Baltimore could surprise us a great deal.
Too bad for the Ravens, that's just one of many factors. Manning and the Broncos have way more talent from top to bottom and are playing at home.
I'm going with the Hall of Fame quarterback over the Hall of Fame linebacker here. Denver will win the game and face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.
It's not like I'm going out on a limb with that prediction. After all, Vegas has Denver as the favorite to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
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