Try as they might, the Baltimore Ravens just couldn’t get under the skin or into the heads of the Denver Broncos, who were more concerned about talking up their opponents than trash-talking them.
In what could be the last game for seven-time All Pro Ray Lewis, who is retiring after this season, the Broncos and Ravens meet Saturday in the AFC divisional playoffs. Two NFL icons, each 3 wins away from a second championship.
The Ravens will try to bruise and batter the Broncos this Saturday, but if Denver can out-physical Baltimore as they did in Week 15, the Broncos will move onto the AFC Championship.
Von Miller has a new nickname and a new shoe just in time for the playoffs.
Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts.The Ravens (11-6) will visit Denver next weekend to face the Broncos (13-3), the AFC’s top seed.
The last time the Denver Broncos won a game in Baltimore, a baby-faced John Elway was making his second NFL start and producing his first career fourth-quarter comeback.
The Ravens run and throw the ball well on offense, while they’re one of the hardest hitting teams in all of football on defense. Sunday will be a tough game for the Broncos in Baltimore, where Denver has never won.
With his rare combination of around-the-corner speed and nimble footwork that helps him beat offensive tackles, then dance over fallen quarterbacks, Denver’s Von Miller is changing the equation.
Turns out reports of Peyton Manning’s demise were ridiculously premature. Denver’s quarterback has been outstanding by every measure since throwing three interceptions in the first quarter at Atlanta a month ago.