Sunday Early Game - NFL Free Pick
The Denver Broncos will square off against the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday and they come into this affair looking pretty darn good. Their two wins were 4th quarter and it looked as if they had lost to the Raiders at home. Brandon McManus hit the game winner with time expiring to send Denver to 2-0.
The Broncos have some of the same old talent that shines every year and they have some new blood on what looks to be a team in transition. Keenum is billed as the savior of the world and to this point– mediocre, nothing heroic, however, they did score the last 13 points in the Raider matchup. Is this saying anything? Yes and no. The Raiders/Broncos is a fierce rival that dates back to the 70’s and both teams get up for each other. They hate each other and they desperately want to beat each other. It’s part of the DNA between the two, so, at the end of the day– the Raiders win, was a big win.
Denver stunk it up on the road last season going 0-4 in Buffalo, Philly, Miami and Washington. They were outscored by an average of 20 points to these four. This year, Vance Joseph has decided to mix things up and instead of flying on Friday, he has elected to fly on Saturday. Big mistake! Number one, these superstitions are just plain stupid. The better, more prepared team is going to win this football game and it matters not what day they fly.
“It’s all about mindset. We’re not going to worry about how far we’re traveling, what time the game starts — we don’t care,” Denver coach Vance Joseph said. “It’s going to probably rain on Sunday. We don’t care. I think pushing it back and just going on Saturday is all about our mindset and not worrying about going east, who we’re playing or where we’re playing.”
Chris Harris Jr. seems more dialed in then Joseph and had this to say…
“When you play on the road, you have to pack your defense,” said Harris. “We’ve got to outplay their defense. That’s how it is on the road. Defense, you’ve got to ball on the road. You always plan on the offense to struggle a little bit on the road, so we have to try and give them a little help.”
To this point Keenum has been a major disappointment with 561 yards, 3 TD’s and 4 INT’s. Phillip Lindsay has been a bright spot and a huge surprise for the Broncos with 29 carries and 178 yards. Sanders; just up to his old tricks with 14 receptions for 231 yards and 1 TD. The Broncos are hoping to develop draft pick Bradley Chubb on defense and get back to elite status. That may take some time.
The Ravens and Flacco will be tough to beat at home, they are always tough to beat at home and this game will be no exception.
Prediction: Ravens 34, Broncos 23
Your Anchor Bet: Parlay– Ravens-5/Over 45
For Fun: Ravens 1st Half -3/Over 22.5
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