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Vegas: Broncos open as an early favorite against the Ravens

Mar 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; General view of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign on Las Vegas Blvd. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; General view of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign on Las Vegas Blvd. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Kubiak will be a slight favorite over his old employer in his Broncos head coaching debut.

According to oddsmakers, the Broncos are 4.5-point favorites over the Ravens on Sunday. That means they'd still be favored even if the game were played in Baltimore.

Surely memories of Denver's last season-opening win over Joe Flacco & Co. -- complete with a seven-touchdown game by Peyton Manning -- have crept in a little and influenced this line.

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Baltimore will be a much better matchup this season than they were two seasons ago -- expect a closer contest.

(h/t Baltimore Beat Down)