A rematch of the NFL season opener from two years ago will take place on Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Denver Broncos as small underdogs and look to cover the spread in their third straight game overall.
The Broncos avenged a playoff loss to the Ravens in that game by crushing them 49-27 as 7.5-point favorites and went on to lose the Super Bowl that year.
Baltimore had won three of the previous four meetings both straight-up and against the spread before that, including a 38-35 overtime victory at Denver that helped propel the team to its second Super Bowl in 2013.
Both teams have seen some major changes on offense, as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning no longer has tight end Julius Thomas around while Joe Flacco is breaking in an entirely new receiving corps since the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
Defensively, Denver and Baltimore should also each be improved. The OVER cashed in seven of the first nine games for the Broncos last season, with Manning needing to post big numbers in order to make up for a mediocre defense.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks, including Bodog, had set the Denver Broncos as -4-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 53 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines at MyBookie).
A 26-20 result in favor of the Broncos is the prediction by the Odds – VSB
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Baltimore Ravens vs Denver Broncos Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Denver Broncos are 12-5 so far on the season, and 8-9 ATS vs the point spread. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, are 11-7 and 10-8 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Denver go 10-7 and the Baltimore Ravens go 8-9-1 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Denver vs Baltimore injuries news.
The Power Rankings at Odds – VSB
have the No. 12-rated Baltimore Ravens taking on the No. 4-rated Denver Broncos in this betting contest.
The game also pits Denver’s No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 29.12 PPG, against a Ravens defense that ranks No. 7 this week at 19.67 PPG. The Broncos aerial game is averaging 285.94 yards per game, more than the Ravens secondary allows through the air, 261.11 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Baltimore Ravens feature the league’s No. 2-rated road run defense, allowing 85.5 yards per game. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, ranks No. 10 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Baltimore comes off a game where it received a 4-TD performance from Joe Flacco in a losing cause against the Patriots, a 35-31 final.
In their last game, the Broncos were Divisional Playoff losers coming out on the wrong end of 24-13 score against Indianapolis.
- Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 6 games
- Baltimore is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Baltimore is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Denver
- Denver is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 6 games
- Denver is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Baltimore at Oakland, Sunday, September 20th
Denver at Kansas City, Thursday, September 17th