BALTIMORE (14-6) at DENVER (13-4)
8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.
OPENING LINE — Broncos by 8½.
RECORD VS. SPREAD (2012) — Baltimore 10-10, Denver 11-6.
SERIES RECORD — Ravens lead 7-4.
LAST MEETING — Ravens beat Broncos 38-35 in double overtime on Jan. 12, 2013 in AFC divisional playoff.
AP PRO32 RANKING — Ravens 8th, Broncos 2nd.
RAVENS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (15)
RAVENS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (17)
BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (16), PASS (5)
BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (3), PASS (3)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Ravens are only NFL team to earn playoff berth in each of last five seasons, or since John Harbaugh became coach and Joe Flacco became quarterback. ... Since 2008, Ravens are tied with Patriots for most wins (63) in NFL. ... Baltimore has won last five openers, second in league to New England's nine-game streak. ... Among Ravens' offseason additions is DE Elvis Dumervil, who spent first seven seasons in Denver before a fax foul-up on renegotiated contract last spring made him free agent. ... Ravens WR Brandon Stokley was Denver's slot receiver last season. ... Among players Ravens lost after winning second Super Bowl were Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Matt Birk, Anquan Boldin, Paul Kruger, Bernard Pollard and Cary Williams. ... Flacco and Broncos LT Ryan Clady are two of three players (Brandon Carr) who entered league in 2008 and have started all 80 regular-season games since. ... Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and Giants founder Tim Mara are only three-decade owners in pro football history to post 60 percent career winning mark. Bowlen needs eight wins this season to become first owner to win 300 games in 30 years. ... Broncos coach John Fox is 10th coach in league history to win division titles in each of first two years with a team. ... Denver K Matt Prater (.806) needs to convert on his next field goal to surpass Jason Elam as franchise's career leader in field goal accuracy. ... Denver's .635 winning percentage in openers is second in league history to Dallas (.673). ... QB Peyton Manning owns NFL-record nine seasons with 12 or more victories, three more seasons than runners-up Tom Brady and Brett Favre. ... Last time these teams met, Broncos speedster Trindon Holliday had 90-yard PR and a 104-yard KOR for TDs, but it was all for naught as he was part of a loss for first time after going 5-0 with Houston and 11-0 with Denver.
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