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The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens open the season on the road against the Denver Broncos.
Joe Flacco will lead an offense without Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, but expect Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce to be the true focal points.
Peyton Manning will unveil new pass-catching weapon Wes Welker; however, the Broncos will be without suspended pass-rushing demon Von Miller.
The Ravens may have actually gotten better on defense in 2013 as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were noticeably slower in 2012.
Like the divisional playoff showdown in January, this game will be tightly contested. Manning's trio of pass-catchers will be too much for Baltimore's secondary in this high-scoring affair, although Rice and Pierce should have solid outings running behind a dominant offensive line.
Prediction: Broncos 34 Ravens 27 (Ravens cover by 0.5 points)
Final Result: Broncos 49 Ravens 27 (Broncos cover by 14.5 points)
O/U - 48 points
Verdict - OVER, 76 points scored