Broncos Ravens Betting Tips – Broncos, Ravens Face Massive Moment In Week 15
The Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens know that the loser of this weekend's game in Baltimore will have virtually no shot at a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.
Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens – Sunday, December 16
Betting line: Denver -3
Why Denver Will Win
The online sports betting legal world has ample reason to like the Broncos in this game, but the argument for Denver begins and ends not with the Broncos themselves. It starts and finishes in Baltimore's corner.
When you look at what's happening inside the Baltimore inner circle, you realize that the Ravens are not going to be entering this game with a lot of certainty or boldness. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after a week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins. Harbaugh has clearly seen enough; he bowed to public pressure and removed the man who – by many accounts – has given far too few touches to franchise running back Ray Rice.
Cameron was seen as the man who did not give Rice the ball in situations when the Ravens should have been able to use the running game to their great advantage. Perhaps this move will shake loose the Ravens and get them to play better, but in the short term, this certainly seems like a panic move, one that has a lot of potential to backfire. If Baltimore does not adjust to new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, the Ravens' offense could become extremely disorganized.
Denver's defense, led by Von Miller, could swoop in and feast on the Ravens all afternoon long, enabling the Broncos to win the field position battle and create numerous manageable situations for quarterback Peyton Manning. You can easily see how – and why – Denver might win this game and, moreover, do so convincingly.
Why Baltimore Will Win
Plenty of football betting aficionados will rely on an enduring 2012 trend as they pick the Bengals to win. Denver has simply not shown up in the first quarters of games this season. The Broncos have been sluggish coming out of the gate almost every week. Their offensive and defensive lines have not generated much of a push. Receivers emerge from the tunnel without full clarity or focus, dropping passes or coughing up fumbles. Quarterback Peyton Manning has not been immune to this dynamic, either.
Early-game imprecision has been a lasting feature of his 2012 campaign. Denver does keep winning, but think about it – the Broncos were listless in the first quarter of their win over San Diego on Nov. 18. They were sleepy-eyed through the first three quarters of an ugly win at Kansas City on Nov. 25. They didn't separate from Tampa Bay on Dec. 2 until the third quarter; Denver trailed at halftime, 10-7. It was only in their most recent game that the Broncos played well in the first quarter, and that was against an Oakland team that has completely fallen apart over the past month and a half. Denver cannot afford a slow start against Baltimore, but that's precisely what's likely to happen. Denver has been beating one bad team after another. The Ravens are actually a good team, and the Broncos will not be able to make the adjustment – they've been eating junk food and must actually perform at a higher level right now. It will be hard for them to change.
Who Will Win
It’s likely that Denver will not light up the world in the first half, and Baltimore will swoop in – like a Raven, you might say – and take full advantage of that fact. The Ravens will prevail here. It's quite surprising that Denver is being seen in Vegas as the outright favorite.
NFL Football Betting Pick: Baltimore