The 2013 NFL regular season will begin with a 2012 playoff matchup as the Baltimore Ravens will travel to the Mile High to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos from pro football action for Thursday night September 5th. The Ravens and Broncos will get started from Denver at 8:30PM Eastern Time and the NBC will carry live on TV. Check the latest NFL odds at Bovada sportsbook.
The current odds from this NFL opener we find the home side Denver Broncos favored by -7 ½ points with an over under line of 48 points. A money line play on the Denver Broncos will return -340 odds with the take back on the road underdog Baltimore Ravens at +280 odds.
Many around the league felt the Ravens may have lost too many players from their Super Bowl winning team to be a threat in 2013. Well what’s left for the Ravens on the offensive side of the football are still quality playmakers like Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith to just name a few. The Ravens were just an average defense when you take a hard look at the numbers. There was nothing overly spectacular about this unit the past few years other than being tagged an aging defense in decline. What transpired has been the growth of Joe Flacco under center making the big players when it mattered most in the 2012 season. On the other side of the field the issue facing the Broncos are injuries and a suspension to a impact players. Linebacker Von Miller must sit out the first of six games on Thursday night for a substance abuse issue. Wide receiver Wes Welker for the Broncos is dealing with the effects of a sprained ankle and corner back Champ Bailey is also hobbled. There is still talent left on this Ravens team to make another deep run into the playoffs. The pickup Elvis Dumervil off of free agency from the Broncos and bring in defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears from the Giants and Cowboys respectively. In a desperate need for getting younger on defense the Ravens were fortunate with so much talent on offense that they could spend their first four picks of the draft to select much needed depth for their defense.
With our NFL preseason pick for Thursday we will play on the Baltimore Ravens +7 ½ points against the Denver Broncos at best online sportsbooks.