Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens are 4.5-point underdogs when they face Peyton Manning the Denver Broncos in NFL week 1 betting action. The game kicks off on Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015 at 1:00 PM ET from Sports Authority Field at Mile High. CBS will be broadcasting the game nationally and for you cord-cutters, you can stream the game live at CBSsports.com.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Baltimore Ravens 10-8 All Games since last season
- Denver Broncos 8-9 All Games since last season
- Baltimore Ravens 6-4 On Road since last season
- Denver Broncos 4-5 At Home since last season
- Baltimore Ravens 5-1 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Denver Broncos 7-8 As Favorite since last season
- Baltimore Ravens 3-1 When Line was 48 to 51 since last season
- Denver Broncos 1-2 When Line was 48 to 51 since last season
- Baltimore Ravens 7-3 O-U On Road since last season
- Denver Broncos 5-3-1 O-U At Home since last season
- Baltimore Ravens 3-2 O-U vs Teams Averaging >25 PPG since last season
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos Online Betting Line, My Expert Predictions & TV Info
Matchup: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
Date: Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015
Start Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Denver, Colorado
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Spread: Broncos -4.5
Game Total: 49.5
TV Info: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Radio: Baltimore Vs Denver
Why Bet On Baltimore To Beat Denver (-4.5)
Can Flacco keep pace with Peyton?
Baltimore’s offense looks perfectly capable of keeping up with Denver’s offense in this Week 1 matchup. Baltimore hired a new offensive coordinator after Gary Kubiak left to become Denver’s head coach. Baltimore’s new offensive coordinator is former head coach at Chicago, Marc Trestman.
— NFL Nation (@NathanLore) September 6, 2015
Although it didn’t necessarily show up during the pre-season, Trestman is considered one of the most creative play-callers in the NFL. Last season, Trestman worked with a somewhat immature QB in Jay Cutler. This season, he gets to work with Super Bowl winning QB Joe Flaaco. Flaaco has turned into one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Not only that, but Trestman gets one of the best wide receivers in the past 20 years, Steve Smith, to design plays around.
Expect Trestman, who didn’t show all of his cards during the pre-season, to open up the offense against Denver’s very good defense. If Flcaco and Smith have success, Baltimore could not only cover the spread versus the Broncos, but also win the game straight up. It all depends on how Trestman calls the game.
Why Bet On Denver (-4.5) To Beat Baltimore
How much more does Peyton have left in the tank?
The Broncos fired John Fox and hired former John Elway back-up at Denver, Gary Kubiak, as their head coach. Kubiak is known for drawing up terrific pass plays, which is what he did as offensive coordinator at Baltimore.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 4, 2015
But before going to Baltimore, Kubiak coached the Houston Texans. While at Houston, Kubiak turned Arian Foster into one of the top running backs in the NFL. Kubiak has a chance to do the same thing with C.J. Anderson, who proved to be one of the more talented ball-carriers in the second half of last season. When Anderson isn’t rumbling through defenses, Ronnie Hillman could be blasting by defenders on the edge. Both guys give Kubiak and QB Peyton Manning a viable rushing attack.
When Peyton has a rushing attack, he’s awfully difficult to keep under control. Manning is still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. If the Broncos are able to get the running game going, Manning should be able to pass the ball with ease as the Ravens bring up their defense to stop Anderson and Hillman.
Baltimore will give Denver a great game in the first half, so bet the Ravens in the first half. In the second half, after taking a pounding from Anderson, Baltimore’s defense should soften up enough for Manning to take advantage. I am picking the Broncos to win the second half and the game. My final score prediction is Denver 34, Baltimore 24.