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Ravens-Broncos predictions from Baltimore Sun staff members

Broncos 27, Ravens 17
Peyton Manning

throwing to

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Demaryius Thomas
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and

Eric Decker

figures to be a nightmare for the Ravens. Broncos have the league's second-ranked defense and they tied for the lead in sacks, too. Maybe

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Ray Lewis
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should do his last "Squirrel" dance in the locker room for inspiration.

Broncos 30, Ravens 17

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A lot has been made of how Ray Lewis and the defense will stop Peyton Manning and the offense. Another worry should be if

Joe Flacco

and the offense have enough firepower to keep pace. It's a tough task in a tough environment, and in the end, the Ravens' path will end one stop short of the AFC championship game.

Ravens 28, Broncos 24

Few are giving the Ravens a chance in this game, but there is always one upset in the playoffs. Denver has more overall talent, but the Ravens have just enough veteran leadership to pull the upset. The Ravens were embarrassed in the first game between the two teams, but they'll be motivated this time and they'll take more gambles on both offense and defense.

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.

Matt Vensel

Broncos 30, Ravens 20

No way Ray Lewis and the Ravens go down without a fight, but the Broncos, led by Peyton Manning and

Von Miller

, will simply be too much to handle.

Aaron Wilson

Broncos 27, Ravens 23

Ravens close gap from first meeting, still unable to block Von Miller, contain Peyton Manning.

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.

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