Denver Broncos vs Baltimore Ravens Odds: AFC Playoff Betting Preview and Pick
Peyton Manning's Broncos were favored at mid-week by 9 points at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com and the Ravens have lost 16 in a row as an underdog of nine points or more.
"That stat dates back to 1994, but it's a wake-up call to Ravens bettors who hope their team might be able to pull off this upset on the NFL odds menu this week," said Jack Randall, a football analyst at OddsShark.com.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are 12-0 SU, 10-2 ATS in their last dozen games as a favorite and have won 11 in a row (9-2 ATS) at home. Perhaps to nobody's surprise, more money was coming in on Denver and the line had bumped to -10 by Wednesday.
Saturday the Broncos look to corral home-field advantage when they host soon-to-be-retired Ray Lewis and the Ravens at Mile High (4:30 pm ET, CBS).
To recap, Denver was a pedestrian 8-8 last year with Tim Tebow at quarterback and won a playoff game, but then dumped Tebow and signed Manning. The Broncos then started this season 2-3, losing to the Falcons, Texans and Patriots.
Since then, though, Denver hasn't lost, winning 11 games in a row, hitting the 30-point mark on offense in nine of those games.
The Broncos completed their regular season with a 38-3 romp over Kansas City Dec. 30.
Baltimore, meanwhile, after nearly winning the AFC last year, started 9-2 this season. But the Ravens were living a bit of a charmed existence, winning close games against the Patriots, Browns, Chiefs, Cowboys, Browns again, Steelers and Chargers.
Fourth-seeded Baltimore then opened these playoffs with a 24-9 Wild-Card victory over Indianapolis last Sunday, rushing for 172 yards and holding the Colts without a touchdown.
These teams just met one month ago, in Baltimore, the Broncos coming away with a 34-17 victory over a then banged-up Ravens team. Denver led 17-0 at the half and 31-3 into the fourth quarter before giving up a couple of meaningless touchdowns.
On the football futures betting market, sportsbooks were offering Denver at 11/10 to win the AFC championship and 11/4 to win Super Bowl XLVII, while Baltimore is getting 9/1 to win the AFC and 18/1 to win the Super Bowl.
AFC Playoff Pick: The Broncos are on a roll, while the Ravens stumbled into the playoffs; Denver had last week off, while Baltimore played an emotional home Wild-Card game; and the Broncos just beat the Ravens rather easily four weeks ago. Take Denver minus the points. (courtesy of PickShark.com)
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