Denver Broncos vs Baltimore Ravens Odds: AFC Playoff Betting Preview and Pick

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos run off the field after a score during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos are riding 11-0 and 12-0 streaks into the Divisional Playoff battle with the Baltimore Ravens, who just happen to be riding an 0-16 streak.

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.

Baltimore then lost three games in a row, including a home affair with Denver. The Ravens then defeated the Giants but lost their regular-season finale to Cincinnati 23-17.

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)

All odds, stats and trends mentioned courtesy of OddsShark.com. Mike Pickett is an Analyst at Bleacher Report and contributes to the Twitter feed.


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