In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
Here's what we do know: If the Ravens go into Denver and beat the red-hot Broncos, they will have earned it.
As we saw back in Week 15, the Broncos are maybe the most complete team in the
In case you are tone deaf and also do not have a subscription to our newspaper, I picked the Broncos to win this one, though I do think the Ravens have a chance if quarterback
1. JOE FLACCO WILL OUTGAIN PEYTON MANNING
I wrote in the aftermath of the win over the
2. KNOWSHON MORENO WILL OUTGAIN RAY RICE
3. VON MILLER WILL HAVE AT LEAST THREE SACKS
The Ravens were able to keep Miller, an NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate, from sacking Flacco in their previous meeting, but Miller spent a lot of time in the backfield as the Broncos harassed Flacco every other throw. In that matchup, it was rookie offensive tackle
4. THE BRONCOS WILL WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE
One reason why the Ravens were able to win games back when they allowed about 400 yards per game was that they won the turnover battle. Only one team, the
BONUS PREDICTION 1: RAVENS TIGHT ENDS WILL HAVE MORE TOTAL YARDS THAN WIDEOUTS
Don’t be surprised if a tight end is Flacco’s leading receiver.
BONUS PREDICTION 2: JUSTIN TUCKER WILL KICK THE LONGEST FIELD GOAL IN RAVENS HISTORY