You have a point
"FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager is going out on a limb and picking the Ravens to win."
What? I'm sure Mr. Schrager is a fine reporter, but he is dead wrong with that headline. Is he trying to sell more papers or does he live in
FYI dont belive is injury report today as no real practice as is a Sat game
2 MORE RAVEN ARTICLES FROM THERE WEB PAGE which adds threw out the day
Bernard Pierce Could Be A Playoff Difference Maker
Bernard Pierce had finished running for 103 yards when Colts linebacker Pat Angerer came up to him.
“Good game, rook,” he said.
Pierce isn’t nearly on Ray Rice’s stardom level. Outside of Baltimore, he’s still just the rookie running back that backs up a Pro Bowler.
But the third-round draft pick could be a difference maker for the Ravens Saturday in Denver and going forward in the playoffs.
Pierce’s late-season emergence was called a “godsend” by Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell.
“He’s given us a one-two punch,” Caldwell said. “Bernard is a powerful runner. He can break tackles for you. He can get north and punch holes in the defense.”
That’s especially valuable during the playoffs.
When the weather turns cold, collisions become more painful. That means defenders are less willing to initiate them. Pierce is no stranger to contact.
article continues on pierce, Denver post a has 1 on him and rice tandem as well
Picks Are In. Who Gives Ravens A Chance?
Of the 36 experts below, only four are taking Baltimore.
Read article after discussing the individual; picks which i pasted below it discusss the following catergories
Do Broncos Have Any Weaknesses?
Divisional Upsets Not Unheard Of
Must Watch Video: Clash of the Titans
While Manning and Lewis didn’t seem interested in talking about their impending final matchup Saturday, it’s a historic event.
This is two of the best players of all time at their position going at it one last time.
In that spirit, this is a must-watch video that will probably make you wish the game was tonight.
Suggs Ready To Beat Peyton
HALOTI NGATA s End Coming Soon Too?
While Lewis and Suggs’ injuries have gotten all the attention this year, the big man in the middle has been ailing as well.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has endured a second straight year with nagging injuries. He’s dealt with knee and shoulder problems this year that left him on the sidelines for two games (Week 10 vs. Oakland and Week 17 vs. Cincinnati).
The injuries, as well as the death of former linebacker Junior Seau (a player many Tongans looked up to), haveNgata pondering how long he’ll keep playing.
NOW FOR THE PICKS / AGAIN -- Of the 36 experts below, only four are taking Baltimore.
Baltimore Sun: 6 of 7 pick Broncos
Jeff Zrebiec (Broncos 27, Ravens 13): “The Ravens thrive in these situations — heavy underdogs, lot on line, plenty of emotion. But this is too much to ask. The Broncos are probably the most well-rounded team left in the playoffs and they present matchup problems everywhere for the Ravens.”
Aaron Wilson (Broncos 27, Ravens 23): “Ravens close gap from first meeting, still unable to block Von Miller, contain Peyton Manning.”
Peter * (Broncos 23, Ravens 20): “The oddsmakers say it won't be close, but what do they know? All they have are a bunch of computers to analyze this stuff 24/7. The Ravens will be much more competitive than they were in the game at M&T Bank Stadium because the defense is relatively healthy this time.”
ESPN.com: 11 of 12 pick the Broncos (Mike Golic with the Ravens)
Yahoo! Sports: 3 of 3 pick the Broncos
SI.com (Peter King): Broncos 27, Ravens 20
“Love the Baltimore shakeup on the offensive line, re-inserting a newly motivated (at least for now)Bryant McKinnie at left tackle; he played a dominant game against the Colts, keeping Joe Flacco free of Dwight Freeney, and I don't doubt he'll play very competitively against Elvis Dumervil here. But this is Peyton Manning we're talking about, Manning [is] on a mission with the kind of skill players that match his best days in Indianapolis. And it's Manning with a nine-game win streak against the Ravens (including playoffs). He's won those nine by an average of 14 points per game. I understand the emotion of playing for Ray Lewis, but unless the Ravens force three or more turnovers (and that's possible, if last week's effort is any indication), I don't see them holding Manning down.”
NFL.com (Elliot Harrison): Broncos 30, Ravens 20
“Can the Baltimore Ravens stop the run? That's the question in my head for this divisional-round opener. Teams have gotten a tremendous amount of movement on Baltimore's front seven -- with or without Ray Lewis -- so you should expect Peyton Manning to audible to more running plays than usual. The Denver Broncos have averaged more than 148 rushing yards per game in their last four outings, with six touchdowns on the ground. The other concern for the underdog Ravens is their dependence on the home run. Joe Flacco hit a few long balls on Wild Card Weekend, but the Indianapolis Colts certainly don't have a corner of Champ Bailey's ilk, or a comparable secondary overall to Denver's group. The Broncos' defense has given up the fifth-fewest passing plays of 20-plus yards. Now, it's important to note that when Ray Rice is inside the white lines Sunday, he will be the best player on the field. The Ravens should try to get the ball in his hands 25 times, with a sprinkling of Bernard Pierce . Limit Peyton's possessions = best chance to win for Baltimore.”
CBSSports.com: 7 of 8 pick Broncos (Mike Freeman with the Ravens)
Pete Prisco: Broncos 33, Ravens 21
“The Ravens were riding high off the emotion of Ray Lewis' retirement news last week, but that's not in play here. And this is a tough trip to a tough place to play. Oh, by the way, Peyton Manning is waiting and rested. The Broncos beat the Ravens in Baltimore earlier this season, handling them with ease. I see it happening again. The Baltimore pass defense doesn't have the rushers to get after Manning. He will sit back and carve them to pieces. That will put a lot of pressure on Joe Flacco to keep up. I don't think he can. The Broncos have great cover players, and they have great pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. They will get after Flacco in a big way. Ray Rice could take some of that pressure off, and the Broncos aren't great against the run, but Denver will score often and up the pace. Manning has owned the Ravens in his career, and it continues here. Ray Lewis is sent to retirement.”
ProFootballTalk.com: 2 of 2 pick Broncos
Mike Florio: Broncos 31, Ravens 17
“Peyton Manning has beaten the Ravens nine straight times, including earlier this year in Baltimore. While Ray Lewis missed that game, he could be more of a liability than an asset in the rematch. Noticeably larger than he was when he reported to training camp with a lean frame intended to help chase tight ends, Manning could have Lewis running ragged in the thin air of Colorado. Along with the rest of the defense.”
SportingNews.com (Vinnie Iyer): Broncos 27, Ravens 17
“The Ravens have a little extra juice for the playoffs, given any game could be the last for Ray Lewis. They'll need every bit of it to slow down the Peyton Manning express. The Broncos' 11-game winning streak included a 34-17 romp in Baltimore. As much trouble as Lewis and the rest of the defense will have against Manning, there should be more issues for the Ravens' offense. With Von Miller leading the way, the Broncos will be stingy toward Ray Rice and the running game, and even more dangerous with the league's best pass rush against Joe Flacco. A second ring isn't in the cards for Lewis, but Manning will still have that great chance.”
FoxSports.com (Peter Schrager): Ravens 27, Broncos 20
“For the shoddy reasons listed [here], I’m taking the Ravens. Peyton Manning has won his last nine games against Baltimore, including the two times he’s faced the Ravens in the playoffs. Throw it all out the window. Here’s your big upset special.”
I wont be around much today BTW < WIN IT PEYTON & COMPANY